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The Potential to Prevent

Updated: Sep 20, 2020


Nutrition Month 2018 features the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together – with the help of dietitians. Visit for more details.

Lifestyle factors, including what we eat, can influence our health. A nutritious diet can help prevent illness and can lower the risk of developing chronic diseases. Dietitians can help you follow a healthy eating pattern that suits your individual needs and health goals. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of food for disease prevention.


There are many diets or “eating patterns,” and some are healthier than others. The best eating pattern is one that you enjoy and can stick with in the long run. The eating patterns that have been the most researched for their health benefits include the Mediterranean, DASH and MIND diets. The foods that are recommended on these patterns can help prevent type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and some types of cancer.

The eating plans listed above may have different names, but the foods are mostly the same! Here are some foods that are common to all of them:

  1. Vegetables and fruit

  2. Whole grains

  3. Legumes like beans and lentils

  4. Nuts and seeds

  5. Milk, cheese and yogurt

  6. Fish, seafood and poultry

  7. Healthy oils like canola and olive oil. These nourishing foods are the basic ingredients that form the diet for disease prevention. You may also notice what’s missing from these eating patterns. They don’t contain a lot of highly processed foods, like cake, chips, cookies and sugary drinks that are high in added sugar, salt and trans fat.


Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours. These include eating healthy, being active and living smoke-free.

The journey towards wellbeing begins with how we eat and dietitians have the knowledge, compassion and flexibility to help you achieve your goals.

Consider working with a dietitian if you have health goals or concerns about your risk of chronic disease. They will work with you to embrace food, understand it and to enjoy it while considering your overall objectives, needs and challenges. They look beyond fads and gimmicks to deliver reliable, life-changing advice.

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Check it out: Fact sheet including more information on the potential to prevent, a “Dietitian’s Pro” tip, and links to tons of healthy recipes!

Adapted from the Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month campaign materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at

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