Dietitians believe in the power of food to enhance lives and improve health.
Dietitians empower their patients, clients, and communities to embrace food, to understand it, and to enjoy it. The advice and information they provide is tailored to their clients and patients personal needs and challenges, including taste and accessibility. They translate the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand to support healthy living for all Canadians, from preconception to end of life.
A common misconception about dietitians is that they love to put people on restrictive, unpleasant diets but that is truly not the case! They are also not only for people who want to lose weight. Perhaps you want to improve your athletic performance, manage a food allergy, learn how to read food labels, gain some weight, deal with a picky toddler, help an elderly parent to improve their nutrition status, manage digestive/bowel health, prepare for pregnancy, improve your cholesterol/blood pressure/blood sugar, learn about a fad diet, manage your anemia…dietitians can help with all of that and more!
A first meeting with a registered dietitian would usually include a comprehensive assessment to determine goals, health history, preferences, and current nutrition knowledge and practices. The dietitian will provide nutrition counselling and resources as needed, and together you will work to form practical solutions and an individualized nutrition plan. Follow-up plans will vary by person but ongoing support is always available, whether in person or by phone.
Dietitian services are covered by many extended health benefit plans and insurance providers in BC. Check with your provider to determine coverage allowance
Canadian dietitians are held to high professional standards and are regulated under the Health Professions Act, Dietitians Regulation and the CDBC Bylaws.
Under the Health Professions Act, the mandate of the College of Dietitians of BC is to protect the public by ensuring dietitians to practice safely, ethically and competently. To earn the title of registered dietitian, one must complete a minimum of four years of undergraduate education from a recognized dietetics program, followed by a 1300 hour practicum, and finally they must pass the national exam. To maintain RD status, they must continue evidence based, ethical, and competent practice, and demonstrate ongoing continuing education.
For more information about dietitians in BC, visit https://collegeofdietitiansofbc.org/public/
Tiffany is a registered dietitian with a passion for providing individualized, client-centred care. She is a firm believer that there...
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