About Hannah Deacon: Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Visionary, and Dietitian
I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD) from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I graduated from the University of Alberta with a double major, one focusing on aspects of food safety, production, and quality, while the other focusing on aspects of clinical nutrition. I have also completed an accredited integrated dietetic internship, including hospital rotations in different medical areas such as diabetes, heart disease, surgery, and weight management to name a few at several hospitals.
I am also a Certified Craving Change Facilitator (Craving Change™), which means I use cognitive-behavioural (CBT) strategies to address emotional eating as well as behaviour change to enhance success. As of August of 2018, I also became a Certified Personal Trainer! I believe that diet, fitness and mental health all go hand in hand, which is where my three designations come in.
I currently have 5 years experience in dietetics and I definitely love my job!
Working as a Registered Dietitian has been a very rewarding experience as seeing people succeed is something that bring me much joy! I use a client-centered approach, which involves clients in their goal-setting. I ensure my client-satisfaction by being professional, compassionate, adaptable and maintaining confidentiality. I use motivational interviewing strategies to help my clients leave my office driven and ready to kill it!
Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH), Sturgeon Community Hospital (SCH) and University of Alberta Hospital’s Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC): My practice for the past 2 years with Alberta Health Services has been focused on the nutritional management of Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, and Type 1 diabetes patients. I support my diabetes patients by educating them about healthy food choices, stable blood sugar levels, and meeting their nutritional and medical goals.
Adult Bariatric Clinic at Royal Alexandra Hospital: My experience with weight management not only comes from my internship rotations as a dietetic intern but also through working at the bariatric clinic, where I helped patients lose weight as well as decide whether bariatric surgery (such as the bypass) is an appropriate decision for them. At the clinic, I provided patients with customized nutrition guidelines and helped them with setting goals in line with their needs and the SMART goals approach of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
Edmonton General Hospital (EGH): For over 2 years, I have been teaching the “Nutrition for Lung Health” lecture at EGH helping patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or lung disease meet their nutrition needs to improve their breathing. At EGH, I also worked in the hemodialysis outpatient unit assessing, and monitoring renal patients’ health status and blood-work while educating them about lifestyle changes pertaining to certain needed mineral and electrolyte restrictions.
Save-on-Foods: Teaching children about healthy eating by introducing them to the four food groups while touring through the fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats, and milk isles at the store and encouraging them to try those.
I also present to runners at The Running Room every year about sports nutrition!
My previous and current experiences make me confident in working with clients with varying goals and needs!
I like to blog on several topics as well so be sure to take a look at my blog site. You can also follow me on instagram (hd_dietitian) and like my facebook page (Hannah Deacon Dietitian) for daily nutrition and fitness tips as well as motivation and positivity!
I am so excited to announce that I am currently working on a cookbook to be published in Spring of 2019! You can find more information about my book in the PRODUCTS tab!
Feel free to contact me through the contact form on this blog site or through facebook/instagram and I am happy to help!
Hannah Deacon, RD