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. 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 must be registered with a provincial regulatory body within Canada, that is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of professional competence and helps to protect the public.
Education includes a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university, as well as 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 indepth knowledge of nutrition and allows them to specialize in a specific area.
Why see a Registered Dietitian?
Research has shown that 95% of commercial diets don’t work long-term. That’s because they often take a one-size-fits-all approach to eating.
- 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.
- A Registered Dietitian can help you set realistic goals and provide nutritional advice to address specific health concerns.
- As qualified professionals, Registered Dietitians have expertise in behavioural change methodologies and they can help support you through the process of making healthy lifestyle changes that are realistic and sustainable long term.
- A Registered Dietitian can monitor your progress and help you develop strategies to overcome barriers and unanticipated set backs.