Carol Clarke, MHSc, RD
Chair, Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research
Carol Clarke is a Registered Dietitian working in many areas of nutrition for over 25 years. She has a special interest in cardiovascular health and healthy aging. Most recently Carol provided nutrition consulting services for group programs, writing, program development and presentations. She has consulted for various organizations such as the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association, Canadian Lipid Nurse Network, Obesity Canada, and Dietitians of Canada.
With a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication, her goal is to help people improve their nutritional health by honoring their food traditions while considering eating patterns proven to prevent and improve chronic disease. She recently co-authored the Medical Nutrition Therapy chapter of the 2020 Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines which changes the focus from weight to health.
She has a special interest in the Mediterranean eating pattern (or MedDiet). It has the most high-quality evidence for improving longevity and preventing chronic disease. Considering the latest evidence, US News & World Report has ranked the MedDiet as best overall diet for four years in a row. In 2021, the MedDiet also ranked number 1 in easiest diet to follow and best plant-based diet, and it tied for number 1 in best diets for healthy eating, best diets for diabetes and best heart-healthy diets.
Carol’s presentation will cover an overview of the MedDiet and its health benefits, how to rate your current diet, provide practical tips for incorporating principles of the MedDiet including meal makeovers, food swaps, short cuts, and suggest valuable resources.