About Me20+ Years in practice
My name is Alka Chopra. Just like you I am a Registered Dietitian. I am also a Certified Diabetes Educator. AND, I love technology. I am a creative addict. I love combining creativity, technology & education. AND I love business.
I got hit by the technology bug in 2001, when I participated in a training program for teachers on Microsoft Office & Internet funded by Intel India. It was called “Intel Teach To the Future Education For Teachers”. After the training there was a national competition where you were required to create a power point presentation and connect technology with education in the classroom. 8 winners were going to be chosen nationwide (all across India) from the thousands of entries recieved. AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT I was one of the 8. What a great achievement that was! (See pictures below). This award led me to an opportunity to write 2 instructional guides geared towards teachers on using Microsoft Office and Internet in the classroom. That is when I really started my entrepreneurial journey. I started getting more offers to write articles, resource manuals and books on nutrition for children, tie & dye and so on.
Fast track to 2002, when I moved to Canada…… Since I had lots of time ( I was upgrading to get my RD licence at that time) I went on to painting & crafting (a hobby for me) and selling my products at craft shows. Had great success with that. After getting my RD licence in 2006, I immediately set up my private practice. The entrepreneurial bug hit me here big time. I built my website, promoted my services. Had great success! Now, since 2017 I have been learning how to move my practice online and have experimented with several tools that are either FREE or are at a very modest cost. I really do not have a big budget at this time to spend on all fancy tools. And I am sure most of you reading this also have small budgets to work with. In September 2017, I hosted an online summit on “Curb Your Cravings”. The summit was a success & practitioners whom I interviewed found it to be an extremely enriching event. I hold keen interest in training dietitians & other healthcare professionals to enhance their skills whether it be business or counseling or their practice. I AM HERE FOR YOU, WITH YOU TO SUPPORT YOU SET UP, ELEVATE & EXPAND YOUR PRACTICE.
A bit more about me
My experience has been in varied fields:
- As a research dietitian, a professor, a clinical dietitian
- As a Chronic Disease Program Manager
- As a panel member at the Diabetes Canada Symposium
- Have facilitated seevral corporate presentations at Honda Canada, National Bank, BDC Canada etc
- Have been a panel dietitian for Sheppell Canada
- As a trainer for several Self Management Programs to healthcare practitioners.
The Non – Dieitian Stuff I thrive on ~~~~~
I am crazy about anything that ignites my creativity. Whether it be crafting, painting, making my own soap, bath & beauty products, making jewellery or even working on my website. The effect of immersing myself in anything creative is magical. I have found that I am way more productive & at peace with myself when I continually engage in creative activities.
I often teach arts & crafts at retirement homes and community centres. It gives a lot of satisfaction, contentment and makes me a better human being. If you would like you may view some of the work in the GALLERY.
how to be content with yourself
Meditate everyday for atleast 30 minutes
Start slow: only 5 minutes & work your way up whatever time you like.
Find a hobby & work on it once/week
Take some classes & be sure to spend some time with just you & your hobby.
Binge watch your favorite TV Show/s
Your brain also needs a break. So fully enjoy favorite show fully, and no guilt.
Eat vegetarian atleast 2 times/week
A healthier lifestyle. Makes you feel lighter & leads to fewer health concerns.