What is a dietitian?

The provincial legislation protects the title “Registered Dietitian”, which means only qualified professionals who have met education requirements can use the title.

A dietitian will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition and also a practice based internship in hospitals and/or community settings. Dietitians may further their education by completing a Master’s or Doctoral degree.

What can a dietitian help you with?

The West Durham Family Health Team Dietitian can work one on one with you or in a group setting to help you:

  • Organize a healthy, well balanced diet
  • Achieve and manage a healthy weight
  • Plan meals for pregnancy and baby’s first foods
  • Learn how to make healthier choices when eating on the go
  • Know how to read food labels
  • Plan meals for an active lifestyle
  • Decide when vitamins and supplements are needed
  • And more

The West Durham Family Health Team Dietitian can also educate you on how your diet can effect your health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or crohn’s disease)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Celiac disease
  • Anemia and other nutrient deficiencies
  • And more

Adapted from www.dietitians.ca

How can I see the West Durham Family Health Team Dietitian?

You can ask your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health professional for a referral. You can see a dietitian individually, with your family or you can sign up for one of our group classes.

The dietitian and you will work together to develop a plan and goals for a healthier diet and lifestyle. You may continue to see the dietitian for follow up sessions depending on your goals.

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Dietitians of Canada

Health Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating

EatRight Ontario

Talk to a Dietitian