Registered Dietitians are nutrition experts who help to support your health goals by translating the science of nutrition into practical advice based on your specific needs. Dietitians help you make changes in your eating habits to promote health and prevent chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer.

A Registered Dietitian can provide guidance in the following areas (among others):

 

  • Coach you through diet and lifestyle changes as you work to achieve your healthy eating goals
  • Treat and manage disease by helping you with a specific, individualized nutrition care plan
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Support your nutrition needs throughout pregnancy and beyond
  • Manage challenges with feeding your child, such as picky eating and allergies
  • Meal planning, budgeting, and label reading specific to your lifestyle and heath needs

 

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist: In most provinces (including BC), the title “Nutritionist” is not protected. This means that anyone is able to refer to themselves as a “Nutritionist”, whereas a dietitian must be registered with a Provincial Regulatory Body and is the only professional who can use this title, which is protected by law.

 

Note:  Dietitian services are covered under many extended health care benefit plans. Please contact your insurance provider to see if you have coverage to see a dietitian.

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