Jeannine Smith, RD
Special Projects Coordinator/Facilitator
Jeannine is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Careteam/e-platform project manager at Body Brave. Prior to starting her academic studies to become a Dietitian, Jeannine was employed as a professional fashion model, an experience which ultimately motivated her to pursue a career in dietetics. While Jeannine enjoyed many aspects of her modelling career, her professional success within the fashion industry was conditionally tied to the size of her body, and the only way she knew how to meet these requirements was through an eating disorder. When her modelling agency gave her the option to lose her coveted agency contract or lose weight, Jeannine decided to leave the fashion industry altogether. Through this experience, Jeannine gained a new perspective on the impact of media influence on the general public and the dangers associated with encouraging restrictive body image ideals. When she decided to go back to school, Jeannine was drawn to nutrition and dietetic sciences as she was motivated to help others discover the freedom and love that accompany nurturing relationships with food and one’s body.
Today, Jeannine is passionate about the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and hopes to use her knowledge and skills acquired from her dietetic training to increase public awareness and understanding of mental health and nourishing relationships with food.