What is a Registered Dietitian?
In Canada, the title ‘Dietitian’ is protected by law. Just like physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, not just anybody can call themselves a Dietitian, and these professional titles are protected by law under the Health Professions Act. Only qualified practitioners who have met specific education and practical training qualifications can use this title Registered Dietitian.
Individuals using this title are registered with a provincial regulatory body within Canada responsible for the ongoing monitoring of professional competence and helps to protect the public.
Education includes a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university and a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting. Many Dietitians further their knowledge by pursuing a graduate degree, which provides a more in-depth understanding of nutrition and specializes in a specific area.
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Why see a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian ...
- Has extensive knowledge and training in the area of food and nutrition. They can translate the latest nutrition research into easy-to-understand information and advice.
- Can help you set realistic goals and provide nutritional advice to address specific health concerns.
- Has expertise in behavioral change methodologies, and they can help support you through making healthy lifestyle changes that are realistic and sustainable long term.
- can monitor your progress and help you develop strategies to overcome barriers and unanticipated setbacks.