Dietitians are regulated health professionals, registered with a provincial regulatory body. Dietitians have completed comprehensive education, field training, and have passed a national exam in order to use the protected title "registered dietitian" (look for the letters RD, PDt or DtP depending on the province)
As trusted professionals, dietitians fill many roles and work in a wide variety of settings. Some examples include:
Nutrition specialists who counsel and support clients to make changes in their eating habits to promote health and prevent chronic illness, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Policymakers who advise government at all levels on population-wide strategies to improve the health of Canadians, such as school nutrition guidelines, sodium reduction in processed foods, and advertising to children.
Leaders in all aspects of food systems, including the safety and availability of our food, food service management, and food production and marketing.
Researchers who discover new and better ways to enhance patient care, promote health, and prevent nutrition-related illnesses.
Educators who prepare future dietitians and other health care professionals for practice.
Source: Dietitians of Canada
What Makes A Dietitian-Led Program Different From Other Nutrition And Weight Loss Programs?
A dietitian is the only nutrition or weight-loss specialist registered with a provincial regulatory body to provide safe and effective nutrition counselling services. Dietitians are accountable to a regulatory body to ensure that members of the public are receiving high quality, evidence-based, client-centred care. Dietitians help translate complex scientific information into messages that you can understand and apply to your life.
Does OHIP Cover The Costs Of Dietitian Services?
Currently, only hospital and family health team dietitians are covered by OHIP. However, most health insurance plans cover dietitian consultation services.
Do 3rd-Party Insurance Plans Or Extended Health Benefits Cover The Cost Of Dietitian Services?