Diane Stride has a BSc in Dietetics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from the University of Natal, South Africa. She is also actively involved in medical and health research programmes at leading universities in New Zealand, below are two research projects she is currently part of.
Being conducted by The AUT, Low Carb Kids is a feasibility study looking at low carbohydrate diets in children and their effects on health. Diane's role involves taking key measurements and helping educate children (8-13 years) and their families. Diane works directly with the study's participants alongside endocrinologist, Dr. Schmiedel.
The university chose to run the study in Hawke's Bay, as Dr. Schmiedel and Diane have extensive experience in the low carbohydrate diet field, with Diane using low carbohydrate diets in her Medical Weight Management Clinic, which is a medical approach to weight management for adults.
With the knowledge that low carbohydrate diets do work, what this study is mainly looking at is are low carbohydrate diets practical, affordable, easy or difficult for children (aged 8-13) and their families to implement into their lives?
Diane is involved in PIPI (Prediabetes intervention package in primary care). Edgar Diabetes and Research centre, which is part of the University of Otago, has teamed up with Health Hawke’s Bay Primary Health Organisation to undertake this implementation research project to bridge a health service and research gap. Diane's role is in a consultancy capacity, providing support for nurses in intervention GP practices in Hawke's Bay.
Diane is registered with the NZ Dietitians Board, which involves participating in continuing education and evidence gathering, in order to obtain an Annual Practicing Certificate.
Diane is an Accredited Practitioner with the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders.
Diane is also an ACT (Acceptance Committment Therapy) Practitioner
Diane is currently undergoing a certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy through the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (Oxford University).
Diane has also completed a MBSR course via Steve Flowers, MS, MFCC. Steve has completed training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and is certified as an MBSR teacher from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is also a supervisor in their MBSR teacher trainer program-Oasis. Diane spent many hours going through her Mind Body Soul: Practical Application for Reducing Stress and Increasing Fulfillment with Steve, who provided an endorsement for her program.
Diane has been trained by Julie Deane-Williams (Dietitian and Director at the Institute for Mindfulness in South Africa) over a period of 6 months, to facilitate her 8 week mindfulness based program for emotional eating. This course was developed by Julie (Dietitian) and Janet Earl (Clinical Psychologist), both with over 30 years experience in Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating.
Diane has completed module 1-4 of the online training developed by Janet Earl (Clinical Psychologist) adn Julie Deane-Williams (Dietitian): Understanding and Treating Disordered Eating; Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder
Before opening her private practice, Diane took a one-year sabbatical furthering her education in the dietary field. She spent time at the Allergy Clinic in Auckland, Westmead Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Allergy Unit in Sydney, along with the Children’s Hospital and Monash University in Melbourne. She also carried out training with dietitians working with Autoimmune Diseases in the US. Diane has also had frequent sessions with psychologists to further her training and understanding of behaviour.
Read about those in the medical and health sector who Diane has worked with.