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What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and other nutrition or weight-loss programs?

A Dietitian is the only nutrition or weight-loss specialist registered with the provincial government to provide safe and effective nutrition counseling services. A dietitian’s knowledge is based on a university education, current evidence-based research and clinical experience. Click Here to learn more about why Dietitians are The smart choice for advice on healthy eating.

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What allows someone to qualify as a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian is certified by the provincial regulatory body (e.g. The College of Dietitians of Ontario). To obtain this certification requires a 4 year university degree in Food, Nutrition and Health with a major in Dietetics, including a 1 year internship with a provincial health authority that involves hands-on experience in hospital, community and foodservice settings. Finally, one must successfully complete the nationwide Dietetics Examination (CDRE ~ Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam).

Why should I seek advice from a dietitian?

A dietitian can individualize your nutrition counseling experience, taking into account your medical and family history, your lifestyle and preferences and help you achieve realistic goals to improve your health.

Does OHIP cover the costs of dietitian services?

Not yet, however dietitians are lobbying to have this service covered with referral from a family doctor. But don’t worry, many group benefits extended health care plans cover the fees of a registered dietitian/nutritionist, without a referral.

What if I don’t have the time or the ability to see your dietitian in person?

  • If you are either too busy, too far, or just not comfortable meeting with our dietitian in person, that is Not a problem! We offer virtual services, when possible, no matter where you may be in the world.

What is Body Mass Index or BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is a quick screening tool for assessing health risk based on your height and weight. Your goal is to be in the normal weight range with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. Maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases that are related to being overweight.

What’s the difference between a serving size and a portion size?

A serving size is a reference amount of food as defined by Health Canada. The Food Guide lists amounts of foods that are equal to one serving.

Food manufacturers also decide what makes up one serving for their products, and it’s not always the same as the Food Guide. You will see this amount listed on the Nutrition Facts Table on the package label.

A portion size is the amount of food that you actually put on your plate, that you plan to eat in one sitting.   Depending on the food, your portion size may be one or more servings according to the Food Guide. For instance, if you eat a whole apple as one portion, that equals one serving of vegetables and fruit. However, if you eat a sandwich with two pieces of bread (one portion), you’re eating two servings of grain products since each slice of bread is one serving according to the Food Guide.

Dietitian or nutritionist: What’s the difference?

Accreditation, education, experience and accountability:

  • Registered Dietitians use their knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to promote good health
  • They are health care professionals who have earned a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university specializing in food and nutrition and have completed supervised practical training through a university program or an approved hospital
  • Dietitians must be registered with Provincial Regulatory Bodies and are the only professionals who can use the titles “Registered Dietitian”, “Professional Dietitian” and “Dietitian”, which are protected by law. Look for the letters R.D., P.Dt. or D.Pt. after the name, indicating that the person is a registered member of the profession
  • Dietitians are accountable to provincial regulatory bodies for their professional conduct and the care they provide. For more information, contact the regulatory body in your province
  • Dietitians are committed to public protection. In most provinces there are not regulatory standards to protect the title “Nutritionist.” In provinces where “Nutritionist” is a protected title it usually is “Dietitian-Nutritionist” that is protected by law