About Karen Graham

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Thank you for visiting my website!

I have worked thirty years as a nutrition counselor. One of my joys is listening to people and hearing your stories. While spending time with you, I also get to help you make positive lifestyle changes and overcome difficult and challenging struggles. I often feel I am so lucky that I have been able to devote so much of my life to the important fight against diabetes. Feel free to send me an email or share with me your challenges or inspirational stories.

I started my life out in Nairobi, Kenya, where I learned to be active outdoors, and appreciate many cultures and wonderful ethnic foods. Africa inspired me to want to work with people and to study food and health. From this passion, I became a dietitian in Canada and I also did volunteer work in areas such as literacy and international dietetics. My work with health professionals and the public led me to write books about nutrition and diabetes. Books that would be easy-to-read and practical, and also beautiful and inspiring. Books that would make changes easier and enjoyable for you. Thank you to all my clients and customers, and colleagues, friends and family who, over the years, have inspired and supported me. We all need a little help along the way!

My Bio

Education
Graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Home Economics in 1982 and completed the Dietitian training at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre in 1983. Certified Diabetes Educator since 1994. Completed the YMCA of Canada Fitness Instructor Certification in 1987.

Publications

  • Mieux vivre avec le diabète de type 2, 1st edition, 2014, Les Èditions Caractère inc. (French translation of The Complete Diabetes Guide for Type 2 Diabetes).
  • The Complete Diabetes Guide for Type 2 Diabetes, 2013, Robert Rose, previously published by Paper Birch Publishing in 2011. Winner of the 2012 Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Regional AwardThe Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Award: Excellence in Consumer Communications”.
  • Diabetes Meals for Good Health, 2nd edition, 2012, Robert Rose, previously called Meals for Good Health first published in 1998. The book has won several national awards: Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Regional Regional Award “Speaking of Food & Eating Award: Excellence in Consumer Nutrition Communication”, 1999, and the “National Health Information Award 2005, Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information”.
  • The Complete Diabetes Guide DVD Train-the-Trainer DVD, 2013. This video was produced in cooperation with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association and with support from Sanofi. It is a half hour inspirational and educational diabetes video. Watch the video.

Past publications:

  • Meals for Good Health DVD, 2006
  • Gestational Diabetes: A guide to help you have a healthy baby, Regional Health Authority – Central Manitoba Inc. (co-authored), 2006
  • Meals for Good Health Teaching Binder, 2001
  • La santé au menu (translated version of Meals for Good Health), Les Éditions de l’Homme, 2005
  • Health Canada “Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, Nutrition Basics Training Manual “, 2004.
  • Meals for Good Health Manual, 1999
  • Manitoba Home Care Program “Nutrition Resource Guide”, and companion “In-service Binder”, 1999 and 2001.
  • “Food Irradiation. A Canadian Folly”, 1992 and 1993.

Upcoming publications
Karen is presently working on a possible new book for publication in 2017!

Diabetes Educator
Karen has worked at several clinics across Canada, and from 1987-2012 as a part-time diabetes educator in a provincial (Regional Health Authority) diabetes education program in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (central Canada). In Spring 2012 Karen moved to British Columbia to work as a renal dietitian. Over the last 30 years, Karen has counseled over 5,000 clients. Early in her career (in 1997), she was awarded the “Outstanding Performance in Community Nutrition Award” by the Manitoba Association of Registered Dietitians.

Public Health Dietitian
2013-present Karen has worked as a Public Health Dietitian for the Population Health team of Interior Health. Her specialty area is food security initiatives in Aboriginal populations. She also coordinates the Breastfeeding Art Expo, a region wide community-based art expo.

Speaker
Interviewed on national television and radio, and reviewed in over 300 newspapers, magazines and professional journals. Karen has been a key note speaker at conferences and diabetes Expos across Canada. Also see speaking engagements.

Nutrition Consultant
Successfully completed nutrition/teaching contracts for the Health Canada, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Health, and Yellowquill College.

Professional Membership
College of Dietitians of British Columbia, the Diabetes Educator Section of the Canadian Diabetes Association and the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.