Riva is a Registered Dietitian who provides nutritional counseling and consulting to clients on a wide variety of topics including weight management, diabetes, sports and pediatric nutrition.
She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University (NYU) and a Master’s Degree in Child Development from Tufts University. Riva has worked as a pediatric clinical dietitian at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and provided private counseling in the New York City area. Riva is licensed with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in the USA. She is an active member of Dietitians of Canada and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Riva has a lifestyle-minded approach, which is based on the individual’s daily routine and integrates positive eating habits, realistic food plans, and active living. She believes that with education, support and dedication anyone can achieve their nutritional goals while still enjoying the foods they desire.
Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, Riva works at Toronto General Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, rock climbing, reading, traveling and sampling cuisine from around the world.
What makes a great social media site?
I think the most important aspect is usability. A social media site needs to have a user-friendly interface so that anyone can access and navigate it. The content needs to be accurate, relevant and I personally like it when it is presented in a brief, yet concise, and comprehensive manner. Social media sites need to be updated and maintained regularly. Also, a good social media site should not be covered with advertisements and other annoying pop-up content.
Where do you go for great content online? Why there?
A lot of places! I always check out online newspaper sites (NY times, WSJ, Globe and Mail) as the content is accurate for the most part. I also visit Science Daily for the latest news on various research. In terms of thought pieces/opinions, I tend to read other news-aggregator/blog sites such as Huffington Post as it covers a variety of topics. Overall, I guess it really depends on what I’m looking for. I admit that I do read some of the fun Buzzfeed articles (i.e. “50 things only 80’s kids can understand”).
What’s your favourite type of content (infographics, interviews, thought pieces, studies, etc) and why?
Since I’m in the science field, I do prefer studies, but again it really depends on the topic. I enjoy studies, as long as they are conducted in a scientific manor (not as a party trick in one’s basement).
I enjoy studies, as long as they are conducted in a scientific manor (not as a party trick in one’s basement ). Since I am a visual person and prefer information in a concise and brief form, I find infographics to be helpful.
Which of your Newsana pitches are you most proud of?
I’ve only just recently joined, but probably, “Popular Diet Theory Debunked” because there is so much nutrition/diet advice out there that is complete junk. I’m glad that in this case of the ‘Blood Type Diet’
based on somebody’s opinion and then winds up over-hyped with tons of followers, so I’m glad that in this case of the ‘Blood Type diet’ some researchers were able to prove that it is pretty much BS (sorry, but i couldn’t think of a better way to put it).
What’s the best part of Newsana?
The fact that there are so many topics covered and the articles are always fairly recent and relevant. It is a very easy site to navigate and it’s always a little ego-boosting when someone ‘votes’ for your story. I also like being able to discuss the content of the articles with other Newsana members.