What's a dietitian?
A registered dietitian is a regulated health professional who is passionate about food and the science behind it. They help people understand the connection between food and health and work with you to embrace food, to understand it and to enjoy it.
Dietitians use the most up-to-date science and translate it into practical guidance that you can use to make healthy lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians play such an important role in helping clients find practical solutions that are manageable and tailored to their specific goals and preferences'"
- Jenna Chiandet, Dietitian, Mattawa
“I guide, support and motivate my patients to stay focused on the changes they can make."
-Laila Hussain, Dietitian, Abbotsford
Why would I need to see a dietitian?
Dietitians can support you throughout many phases of your life from pregnancy to eating well when you are older. Counselling sessions with a dietitian can also help you to prevent and treat some health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Some dietitians work as part of a team of other health care professionals like doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and speech pathologists. Dietitians may also work alone in a clinic or private practice to provide nutrition counselling.
Reasons to contact a dietitian
A dietitian can provide you with guidance and give you information about:
A dietitian will work with you to give you advice and information that is right for you by considering your culture and food traditions. They will also think about your personal needs and challenges, including taste, food skills, budget and health conditions. Dietitians will personalize nutrition information, care plans and programs to meet the needs of clients, families and communities.
Until you can connect with a dietitian, UnlockFood has easy to read, science based information on these topics and more to help you get started.
How do I find a dietitian near me?
It’s easy to find a dietitian near you, visit Find a Dietitian. You can search by postal code, city, and/or health condition.
Many dietitians offer services virtually and most employee benefit plans cover dietitian services. Check your plan today. If your benefits don't cover dietitian services, share this resource with your employer.
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Last Update – June 14, 2021