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Toronto, Canada – May/June 2017
Our relationship with the Hungarian Dietetic Association began in 2014 when DE! visited Budapest for our inaugural trip… so DE! was thrilled to partner with Ryerson University School of Nutrition to welcome students and dietitians from Hungary to our home city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Toronto is a bustling city that is home to 2.8 million people who speak more than 140 languages and dialects. Visitors are drawn to the height of the iconic CN Tower or the shorelines of Lake Ontario, but they also know that with such rich cultural diversity there will always be tasty foods and drinks to explore.
Throughout the week of the program we offered our guests a glimpse into the depth and breadth of dietetic practice in Canada through hands-on, interactive and observational experiences.
These were some of the program activities:
- Orientation and tour of the School of Nutrition food laboratories and Ryerson campus
- Interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration with a professional chef and meal preparation of local asparagus salad, local pan-seared trout and Ontario strawberry shortcake
- Grocery store tour and label-reading education session led by a registered dietitian
- Volunteering at Foodshare; a non-profit organization focused on accessibility of nutritious food and community food programming and education
- Tour of a hospital and clinical case studies led by registered dietitians, plus a tour of patient food service facilities
- Presentations by a panel of local dietitians working in community health, public health and population health
- Visit to a farmers’ market and sampled a variety of maple syrups, maple butters, maple teas … maple everything!
- Closing words and insights by the Director of the School of Nutrition and the CEO of Dietitians of Canada
- Presentations by the Hungarian students about their learning and experiences throughout the week
Site seeing is an important part of any trip abroad, and the group arrived a couple of days early to see the famous Niagara Falls! In Toronto, the group took advantage of being based at the Ryerson campus in the heart of the city and visited:
- The CN Tower to ride the glass elevators up 1,136 feet (346 m) to see the best views of the city
- Chinatown, St. Lawrence Market and Kensington Market neighbourhoods for unique food, shops and one-of-a-kind finds
- The Toronto Eaton Centre and Bloor-Yorkville for shopping hundreds of brands
- A variety of Toronto restaurants and food vendors to try poutine (a popular dish from Québec), an impressive variety of vegetarian options and widely available pre-cut fruits and vegetables.
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