I’m Rosie, a Canadian-Ghanaian Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, Activist, Educator, Creator, and Foodie! As you can see, I have multiple passions. Regardless of where I am, I focus on making health and wellness more accessible, inclusive, and easy to understand. I bridge the gap between nutrition, systems of oppression, and trauma, in order to practice using a health justice and intersectional approach.
I am Toronto-based, but I am an avid traveler, and find so much meaning in seeing the world and learning from diverse groups of people. I’ve utilized the power of social media to build an international community committed to social justice and healing.
Growing up in the Jane Finch neighbourhood of Toronto, I experienced what it was like to live in a low-income household and to be food insecure, while simultaneously, experiencing the diversity and richness of a multicultural community. These early life experiences, helped me to see the link between poverty and food insecurity, and the destructive effects it was having on me and other members of my community.
As a teenager I didn’t have the language to describe what I was going through, but I knew I wanted to do something about to help myself and my community, and give us a fair chance at a good quality of life. These experiences motivated me to work towards addressing the root causes of food insecurity, which developed my interest in food justice. I went on to become a Registered Dietitian, and as I learned more about systems of oppression and white supremacy, I began to ground my dietetic practice in food justice. Little did I know that my life experiences and passion for social change would guide me directly to the people I have met and the experiences I have had.
Currently, I am a member of the FoodShare Board of Directors and many other food justice groups across Toronto. In 2020, I developed an anti-oppression course for dietitians called Culture, Equity, Diversity, and Race in Dietetics, and co-founded Dietitians for Food Justice.
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Education, Memberships, and Involvement
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics – Western University, Brescia University College
Master of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics – University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
College of Dietitians of Ontario, General Member
Dietitians of Canada, Registered Dietitian
FoodShare Toronto, Board of Directors
Dietitians for Food Justice, Co-Founder
Black Creek Food Justice Network, Member
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“By nourishing yourself and your community you can work towards health and healing. Understanding your history, and the oppressive systems that have caused you harm, can help you on your journey to developing a healthy relationship with food.”
– Rosie Mensah
I created my personal brand “The Rosie Nutritionist”, as a way to explore food, bodies, and health through an intersectional lens. One thing I am most proud of about this community is that by creating these opportunities, I am being a resource to many, and helping myself heal in the process.
Overall, my goals include empowering people to enjoy good food and diverse cultures, while nourishing themselves and their communities. Additionally, I hope to continue to play a large role in bringing awareness to the intersections of racism and food injustices, and playing a bigger role in doing something about it.