South Asians represent the largest visible minority in Canada, and have the highest rates of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in Ontario. Peel Region alone, is home to over 300,000 South Asians. Through this community-based educational program, SANSAR aims to reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors amongst South Asians in our community.
The purpose of this program is to empower the South Asian community to reduce, and manage their heart disease and diabetes risk through education, lifestyle interventions and support.
Culturally-appropriate and sensitive group classes will cover topics including South Asian diet and cooking, exercise, stress reduction, smoking cessation, medication adherence, etc.
Vandana Gujadhur : Registered Dietitian (RD)
Vandana Gujadhur is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Acadia University and completed an Integrated Dietetic Internship in Nova Scotia. She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the Integrative and Functional Nutrition and the Cardiovascular, Obesity and Diabetes networks. She has worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and currently consults Executive clients in one of Canada's largest private medical clinics in downtown Toronto. In addition to general wellness, Vandana specializes in Cardiovascular (heart health), Diabetes (blood sugar management), Vegetarianism, Pre-conception (fertility), Prenatal (pregnancy) and Weight management. Vandana has international dietary counselling experience with her ability to speak English, Hindi, French and Creole very fluently and has been involved in health initiatives in various countries. In her private practice, she works extensively with the South Asian population in Scarborough.
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