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Francy the Foodie

Francy Pillo-Blocka RD FDC is the Clinical Educator for AboutKidsHealth. She trained, then worked at SickKids as a clinical dietitian in patient care and conducted practice-based research from 1987 to 1998 in the areas of general pediatrics, clinical nutrition, adolescent medicine, cardiology, neurology and more.

Francy was the President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition (CCFN) from 2004 to 2011. The mandate was evidence-based food and nutrition policy in Canada. She was a member of Health Canada’s Trans Fat Task Force, the Sodium Working Group and is currently a member of the Food Expert Advisory committee (FEAC). The FEAC membership provides evidence-based advice to Health Canada on food and nutrition issues facing Canadians. She has presented to the House of Commons Committee on Health on childhood obesity and was a board of trustee of the Canadian Obesity Network for six years. She has a blog called Through Thick and Thin at and tries to practice what she preaches.

She is fondly referred to as AKH’s resident dietitian: Francy the Foodie. The pace and competing priorities of family life seem faster than ever these days. Planning meals, budgets, projects, lessons, work, leisure and more are all balls in the air of our life’s juggling act! Francy writes about various aspects of family, food, nutrition and lifestyle for your interest.