Dietitian Services at the Westend Family Care Clinic

Meet our Dietitian…

Cindy Sass, BHEc, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

Cindy has been a Registered Dietitian for over 25 years and has helped thousands of clients realize their nutrition goals.  Cindy has worked in hospitals, diabetes centres, and family health teams.  She has the clinical experience and the practical knowledge to help you find a nutrition solution that fits your lifestyle.

Registered Dietitians are regulated health professionals who hold a university degree in nutrition sciences and have extra training from an accredited internship program.  They are highly qualified health care professionals who provide advice on nutrition and diet. Her services include:

Individual Nutrition Counselling

Registered Dietitian services at the Westend Family Care Clinic (WEFCC) are covered by The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  To access individual counselling you must be a rostered patient of the clinic and you need a referral from a health provider at the clinic.  Patients cannot self -refer. Unfortunately Quebec residents cannot access dietitian services at the WEFCC.

Nutrition Education Groups Sessions

Group sessions are open to all rostered patients of the WEFCC.  Patients can self-refer or be referred by a health team member. Registration is required. All groups are held at the clinic.

Healthy Eating Groups September 2019 – December 2019

The Healthy Eating Groups are for patients of the clinic who are interested in improving their eating habits and quality of their diet to improve their overall health (reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, influence weight, better energy etc.).  This group is a starting point for patients. 

Topics discussed include Top 10 tips for healthy eating, what does a healthy diet look like (The Mediterranean diet/New Canada’s Food Guide), tips to help you eat more vegetables and fruit, eating more fish, meatless meals, reducing added sugars, steps to successful change and making realistic goals.

Registration is required.  Patients can self-refer. Register by contacting the clinic via email or phone.

Group Sessions Fall 2019:

Wed Sept 4,   1-2:30 PM

Wed Oct 9,   6:30-8:00 PM

Wed Nov. 27   1-2:30 PM

Special Themed Nutrition Group Sessions

Over the fall of 2019 there will be group sessions on various nutrition topics.  The sessions may include a cooking demonstration. Groups are open to all patients of the clinic.

Registration is required.  Maximum registration of 10 people (including spouses/partners)


Wed. September 25, 6:30-8 PM    Your Best Weight- Getting away from yo-yo dieting

For most people, it is harder to keep weight off than it is to lose weight.  To keep weight off, you need to find and choose an eating pattern and lifestyle you can maintain consistently day to day, week to week and year to year.  Finding a new eating pattern is not an easy task. Modern food is complicated and confusing. If managing your weight is important to you this session will answer your questions and guide you in finding the pattern that fits with your health goals and a joyful life.

Wed. October 23, 6:30-8 PM   The Low FODMAP diet for IBS

Bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea can be symptoms of IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.  Certain foods are harder to digest and can make symptoms worse. The low FODMAP diet plan is an approach that can help improve IBS symptoms for some people.  Come out and learn about what FODMAPs are and how to get started on a low fodmap diet approach.

Wed. Nov. 6,   6:30-8 PM   Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

One out of 10 Canadians have diabetes. The good news is that diabetes isn’t inevitable.  People with prediabetes can cut their odds of getting the disease by nearly 60% through changes to diet and activity.  This session discusses strategies that can lower the risk.

Wed. Dec 4, 6:30-8:00 PM Meatless Meals

Eating less meat and more plant proteins like beans, lentils, nuts and seeds have many benefits for our health, environment and pocket book.  Join our dietitian to learn a few quick easy ways to incorporate these healthy foods into your meals.