Your Nutrition Experts
WHO ARE DIETITIANS?
Dietitians make it easier for the public to make healthy food choices. The advice and information they provide is tailored to the needs and values of their clients and communities. They translate complex scientific evidence into practical solutions to promote health and help clients manage special health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food allergies and obesity.
Dietitians have both the scientific knowledge and the counselling skills needed to deliver effective dietary advice. They apply proven behaviour change techniques and counselling methods and tailor nutrition advice to optimize limited resources and help streamline care.
Dietitians are valuable and important members of the health team. Dietitians work alongside other health professionals including physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and pharmacists. You’ll find dietitians working in hospitals, health clinics, long term care centres, public health, grocery stores, the food industry, as entrepreneurs, and in education and research.
Dietitians are regulated health professionals. To use the title Registered Dietitian (RD), dietitians must be registered with the dietetic regulatory body in the province in which they practice. You cannot become a dietitian or a recognized health professional in food or nutrition through an online program or a one or two year program. Dietitians are included in some health insurance packages. Are you covered?
Not every nutritionist is a dietitian!
To become a dietitian, you need to complete a bachelor of science degree from an accredited university program plus a supervised, hands-on training program.
Is your nutrition expert registered with a regulatory body? Those registered have completed a four-year accredited bachelors degree in dietetics, an accredited internship, have passed the national dietetics exam, and submit evidence of competency every year.
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