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Joanne Smith

Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Joanne SmithJoanne Smith is a Certified Nutrition Practitioner who graduated with first class honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, holds a degree in psychology from York University, as well as a diploma in radio & television broadcasting from Seneca College. Joanne also completed her certification as a First Line Therapy Consultant and Clinical Detoxification Expert. First Line Therapy (FLT) is a personalized, nutrition program centered on therapeutic lifestyle changes, which include healthy meal planning, nutritional supplements, and stress management.

After traumatic neurological and orthopedic injury not only is the body forced to cope with the direct impact of these injuries, but it must also deal with the psychological stress, physical pain, bio-chemical changes and hormonal imbalances that take place. Together these factors can contribute to the development of many common, recurring and potentially life-threatening secondary health complications such as weight gain, obesity, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infection, osteoporosis, arthritis, constipation, bladder infections, pressure sores and fatigue.

These secondary health complications place additional demands on the body for calories, vitamins and minerals. Therefore, eating the right foods is crucial to meeting the body's increased nutrient needs right after injury and during rehabilitation. Practicing good nutrition can support the body's inherent healing potential and help manage and reduce the risk of developing secondary health complications.

In 2013 Joanne co-authored Eat Well Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury & Other Neurological Conditions, the first nutrition book dedicated to addressing the unique nutritional needs of individuals with SCI. Joanne is also a regular nutrition columnist for New Mobility, PN, Sports n' Spokes and Outspoken magazines in Canada and the USA.

Joanne's expertise in the disability community comes from her personal experience of living with a spinal cord injury for over twenty years, as well as her years as the Host & Producer of a Gemini award winning documentary program "Moving On" and "Accessibility in Action". Joanne's passion for assisting others with special needs has also been demonstrated through her years as a dedicated mentor and volunteer for the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Lyndhurst Rehabilitation Centre, Canadian Spinal Research Organization, Easter Seals and numerous other disability organizations across the country. Joanne fully understands the unique needs of people with disabilities and her nutritional consulting helps others live to their maximum potential.

Joanne's commitment to raising awareness and improving the lives of Canadians with disabilities led to her receipt of the King Clancy Award in 2006, induction into Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2007 and acceptance of the Gabriel Award in 2008.

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