As a Nutrition or Dietetics student at the Mount, there are a number of groups and societies that you can become involved with. Your involvement will help you connect with your peers, develop your leadership skills and make valuable contributions to others.

Follow the links below to learn more about the groups and societies and to find the contact information links.

Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) – MSVU Student Chapter

The Canadian Nutrition Society is the leading Canadian society that integrates disciplines and professions interested in nutrition, including nutrition scientists and professionals, healthcare/clinical practitioners, government and policy makers, industry representatives (food developers, processors, manufacturers and distributors), and future leaders/trainees.

The purpose of the CNS student-chapter is to keep students informed on some of the latest nutrition-related research. The Student Chapter promotes nutrition science and education and the CNS. This is done by hosting events (supported by CNS) on campus throughout the academic year for students at MSVU.

Contact: Facebook: @Canadian Nutrition Society – MSVU             Instagram: @cns.msvu

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kyly Whitfield

Critical Dietetics – MSVU Society  (currently inactive)

The mission of Critical Dietetics is to create a safe space for critical inquiry and dialogue to build on and broaden the body of knowledge in dietetics through collective and inclusive efforts. The Critical Dietetics – MSVU Society focuses on areas of dietetic practice that have been commonly overlooked such as gender, race, class, ability, body size, dietetic knowledge, dietetic education, art, and poetry. Critical dietetics allows for investigation of these topics among others, informed by transdisciplinary scholarship from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.​

Opportunities within the society for student members include journal club, helping with our newsletter, assisting with the annual international conference, writing blogs for the CD website, and more! You don’t have to be a member to join the journal club.

Contact: critical.dietetics@msvu.ca         Facebook: @msvucritdietetics              Instagram: @critdietmsvu

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Brady

Dietitians of Canada (DC) – Student Network

Dietitians of Canada, the national professional association, strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition. With over 6000 members at the local, provincial and national level, it aims to raise the profile of the profession, support innovative practice, and create new opportunities. Members range from Registered Dietitians, dietetics/ food and nutritional science students or graduates of these programs who are working towards a career in dietetics.

Join as a student and automatically become a part of the Student Network active across Canada. The Network allows students to share their experiences and help prepare for the years ahead!  For more information see Dietitians of Canada – Student Centre

Contact: Facebook: @DietitiansCAN        Instagram: @dietitianscan

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shannan Grant         Student Representative: Victoria Shupe

Food and Nutrition Society (FNS)

(Formerly the long-standing national organization: Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals Student Branch (CAFP))

Since 1997, we have had a student CAFP branch at MSVU. In 2019, CAFP dissolved nationally, after many years as an organization. While we were sad to see the end of CAFP, instead of losing our valuable student branch at MSVU the Food and Nutrition Society (FNS) was created. As a re-branded society, FNS has many of the same goals as CAFP. Open to all nutrition students at MSVU, we support our membership with a variety of activities throughout the school year and collaborate with other groups in the AHN department.

​Our objective is to provide our members with professional development opportunities, networking skills, and educational activities outside of the classroom. Executive members build valuable leadership and communication skills as part of a strong team. General member meetings are held during the school year, and a society newsletter is distributed in the fall and spring.

Contact: nutritionsociety@msvu.ca        Facebook: @MountFNS               Instagram: @mountfns

Faculty Advisors: Linda Mann and Judy Fraser Arsenault

Inter-cultural Food Bridging Society (ICFBS)

Are you interested in delivering food and culture information to MSVU international students both in the Applied Human Nutrition program and the Tourism and Hospitality Management program? Learn about the diversity in dietary cultures and how you can enhance the learning and living experiences for international students.

​Join us for food tours and food sampling where we provide international students with opportunities to learn about the most popular traditional North American foods. While the intent of the society is to support the learning needs of international students, we encourage local Canadian students to attend as well since these learning experiences can inform cultural literacy for all students at MSVU.

Contact: ICFBS@msvu.ca            Facebook: @icfoodbridgingsociety              Instagram: @msvu_icfbs

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daphne Lordly

Meal Exchange

Want to get involved with an organization that works to make food affordable, healthy, just, and sustainable available to all students on all campuses across Canada?

At MSVU, the Meal Exchange chapter works closely with Chartwells to improve campus food services, as well as with the Student Union and the Wellness Pantry, to improve what is offered by the campus food bank. Join the Meal Exchange every fall (end of October) for their Trick-or-Eat event, which is a fun event for students done in our neighbourhood to collect non-perishable food items for Feed Nova Scotia – contact us for more details!

Contact: msvu@mealexchange.com       Facebook: @MealExchangeMSVU              Instagram: @mealexchangemsvu

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Brady

Obesity Canada – Student and New Professional (OC-SNP)

The Obesity Canada Network Students and New Professionals Chapter is a division of Obesity Canada (OC) which serves as the conduit for students and new professionals to connect across disciplines for the advancement of obesity education, research, treatment, and management. We host meetings and exciting events throughout the year, including taking part in the annual ‘’Strides for Obesity’’ walk which happens in October in support of the Health Sciences Foundation.

Contact: ocsnp@msvu.ca            Facebook: @ocsnpmsvu              Instagram: @msvu.ocsnp

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shannan Grant

Student Nutrition Services (SNS)

Student Nutrition Services is a unique volunteer service led by Applied Human Nutrition students. SNS is committed to providing students and community members with free, accessible, and accurate nutrition information through one-on-one nutrition advising, group presentations and resources. Services include (but are not limited to):

Providing nutrition advice to individuals referred from the Health Office
Delivering healthy eating presentations to:
Children and youth at local schools
Parents of children in childcare centres
Local community groups
Employees, students, athletic & recreation members of the Mount

Student SNS volunteers can develop their nutrition communication skills and build self-confidence while providing a valuable service to others!

Contact: student.nutrition@msvu.ca      Facebook: @mountSNS

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jennifer Brady and Linda Mann

MSVU Department of Applied Human Nutrition Student Caucus

The MSVU AHN Student Caucus was formed in 2010 and acts as a liaison between the Applied Human Nutrition student body and department faculty.  This caucus was formed out of recognition that professional communication is sometimes difficult and uncomfortable for an individual to give, yet provides opportunities to give input, ask questions, present ideas or show appreciation.

Student Caucus aims to provide a voice for students and opportunities for students to present constructive feedback and ideas anonymously to the department, as well as to work together with faculty to understand the organization and decision-making process of the department. The main objective is to foster an environment of supportive and effective communication in the AHN program.

Email: AHNCaucus@msvu.ca

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daphne Lordly