Dietitian Vs. Nutritionist?
Dietitians are health care professionals who have earned a 4 year Bachelor’s degree specializing in food and nutrition and have completed supervised practical training through a university program or an approved hospital or community setting. A variety of titles have been used by unqualified people to describe their involvement in nutrition related practice. Many use the term "registered" with a variation of "nutrition" as a title. You should be careful to ensure that the person is a qualified nutrition professional. You can contact Dietitians of Canada or the Provincial regulatory body to obtain a list of Dietitians in your area.
Let a nutrition expert help you
Registered Dietitians are medical professionals trained to review your medical history, assess your nutritional needs, and design an individualized nutrition plan to help you achieve optimal health and an active lifestyle. By providing accurate, reliable and up-todate nutrition information, registered dietitians not only coach clients to prevent and control diseases, but also provide education on how to stay healthy by selecting the best foods. Registered Dietitians are the nutrition expert and your most credible source for nutrition information.
Do I need a Physicians referral?
Physician referrals are not necessary, however your third party medical insureance may equire one for reimbursement. Contact your provider to see what their requirements are.
Medical Insurance Coverage
Many medical/health insurance plans and EAP providers will reimburse the client/patient for nutrition counseling fees. Ask your insurance company or employer if you have coverage for Registered Dietitians. If you do not have coverage, upon request, the Dietitian will write a confidential letter to your insurance company and/or employer to see if this can be changed. Dietitian services are also tax deductible.