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Chene van Rensburg
What an honour it is to introduce myself to the greater community of the West Rand, as well as all the clients from the Pure Health Centre. I am a Registered Dietitian that completed my undergraduate studies (BSc Dietetics) at the North West University, Potchefstroom Campus in 2012, with further completion of my postgraduate studies (MSc Dietetics) in Infant and Young Child Feeding in 2019.
I have worked in the Dietetic profession for seven years with extensive experience in community nutrition, clinical medical nutrition therapy as well as food service nutrition therapy and nutrition research. Furthermore, I am part of the North-West University lecture team training fourth-year students in therapeutic nutrition as well as Infant and Young Child Feeding with a special role as a Trainer of trainers in breastfeeding, Severe Acute Malnutrition, the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses and Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support for the National Department of Health. I have a special interest in infant and young child feeding as well as nutrition therapy for disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract.
If I had to describe myself, I would use the words passionate, compassionate, energetic and enthusiastic. I have an absolute passion for people and the science of nutrition, and I truly believe that I can make an immense contribution to the community of the West Rand through nutrition advocacy, nutrition education and clinical nutrition interventions. My excitement levels are bubbling over!
The public generally has a misconception of the roles and responsibilities of a Registered Dietitian as part of the multi-disciplinary health team. As a Registered Dietitian I am actively involved in improving the nutritional status of the greater community and population through targeted nutrition talks, education and advocacy strategies and events. Furthermore, as a Registered Dietitian, I am a crucial part of the multi-disciplinary medical team when treating ill patients in a clinical setting such as a medical practice or a hospital. Examples of conditions for which I provide targeted and individualised medical nutrition therapy includes Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, overweight and obesity, kidney disease, liver diseases, gallbladder diseases, disease and/or dysfunctions of the gastro-intestinal tract, surgical conditions, trauma conditions, critically ill patients in intensive care units, thermal burn injuries, food allergies and intolerances, neurological conditions, epilepsy, paediatric critical care, breastfeeding and young child nutrition including nutrition in behavioural conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorders and autistic spectrum disorders. These conditions are just to name a few. In addition, I am actively involved in the food service units of community and local old age homes. If it has to do with food or nutrition, I do it all!
Optimal nutrition has the power to transform your body and brain from a state of surviving to an absolute brilliant state of thriving! Nutrition adjusts and repairs your body and its function from the inside out and is considered as one of the most effective ways of providing an optimal state of health; physically, mentally and cognitively. Nutrition has the ability to influence every single aspect of your health and transform you into your greatest potential.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates