Hi my name is Samara, I’m a registered dietitian with a Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto.
As the program manager for the Ontario Restaurant Program, I work with a variety of stakeholders in the province who are committed to improving the health of Ontarians. Through this position I make a difference in the food supply by working with industry to improve the availability of, and access to healthy and nutritious foods at all levels. Working toward a healthy population through education is what attracted me to this profession and what keeps me going. It also doesn’t hurt that I love food! My professional background and development for this role was gained through both academic and professional experience in public health at the community and federal levels, as well as in clinical and research settings. Prior to joining Health Check, I was the provincial coordinator for the Eat Smart! Program in Ontario through the Nutrition Resource Centre where I was responsible for strategic direction, communication and evaluation of the program overall.