KUISHI SMART provides face-to-face and virtual nutritional counselling through direct interaction with our Registered Dietitians (RDs). Our RDs perform assessments, develop client-centred medical nutrition therapy plans and empower clients to manage their own health.Counselling is offered to individuals and families:
Living with health conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease or gastrointestinal disorders that could benefit from nutritional interventions designed to assist them in treating and managing these conditions;
Experiencing special circumstances (e.g. pregnancy and nursing) and require nutritional advice specific to their conditions;
Who are in good health but wish to improve their eating habits and overall health and wellbeing
Group education sessions and peer-to-peer support are delivered through our multidisciplinary healthcare team.
The primary goal of our group education sessions is to empower new immigrants and low-income families with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources that will enable them to take ownership of their individual health maintenance and wellness despite the presence of an NCD. These groups also create social support networks where members can act as role models to one another.
These sessions deliver information regarding different aspects of nutrition and health. Our team will work within culturally-appropriate frameworks to encourage and support healthy eating habits in participant communities.
Maintaining a healthy heart (cholesterol, blood pressure);
Family nutrition and food security (e.g. visiting grocery stores/markets or bringing examples of familiar foods easily available in the community; meal planning and preparation; food demonstration; school nutrition; community resources, etc.).
The primary goal of our peer-to-peer support groups is to expose participants to positive role models, and to exchange information, experience and expertise within and between communities. Through peer-to-peer groups, you will learn about food and nutrition and work together towards adopting healthier food selection, preparation, and eating practices.
Community outreach activities are intended to develop community awareness and to implement screening for the presence of nutrition related NDCs (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, obesity). Community outreach activities help us create linkages and facilitate referrals to primary care providers. We are committed to working in meaningful partnership with communities and their key service providers (e.g. settlement agencies, public health, community health center, faith and outreach based organizations).
Health and nutrition fairs and screening
Social marketing campaigns using posters, flyers, press releases and radio appearances;
KUISHI SMART is able to provide nutrition and health awareness/education talks/sessions to private enterprise and service organizations (e.g. food banks, service clubs, church groups, university, public libraries). Conferences provide an opportunity for participants to become more familiar with dietary and wellness issues and challenges.
We can’t change genetics. But we do have the power to reduce our risk of illness through proper nutrition and lifestyle choices.
KUISHI SMART is a values-driven organization. We are motivated by passion and purpose and are committed to preserving the trust that our clients, communities, partners and donors have placed in us. We deliver high-quality dietetics and health services and believe in the power of nutrition and lifestyle to make a profound difference in the lives of people at risk of or living with non-communicable diseases.
Having a better Understanding of one's health and needs is the roadmap to a healthier life.
Bridges cultural gaps
Addresses social determinants of health
Partnering with patients and families
Continuous quality improvement
Building upon local assets and expertise
Achieving health and wellness of individuals and communities
Ensuring accesibility for all
Using resources responsibly
Community Engagement and mobilization
Capacity building of a multi-disciplinary team
Promotion of self-care management and peer-support
Engaging in dialogue regarding health care systems
Creating space for innovation and knowledge sharing
Kuishi Smart's interventions are based on two models: the Social ecological model, which recognizes individuals and their behaviors, and the Chronical care model, which recommends evidence-based changes in the health system that are needed to improve patient health and well-being.Our organization uses an electronic medical records system to generate data-driven insight for the organization. Through this system we are also able to embed the dietetics and healthcare prevention model of NCDs into the public health system.By integrating and optimizing the two models with the Electronic Medical Records system, our interactions with the patients are successful and this contributes to improving reliable results, quality of life and information management of the clinical system, as well as reducing health care costs at individual and health system levels.