Sometimes it can be difficult to manage your eating habits on your own. Whether you’re an overeater, cannot maintain a consistent eating schedule, or simply aren’t eating a proper balance of foods, Dietitians can be exceptionally helpful in helping you manage your eating, weight, and food. This week The Medical Station discusses the role of a Registered Dietitian.
What does a dietitian do?
Registered Dietitians (RD)’s are highly educated professionals with backgrounds in science, management, human development, and health. Dietitians can fill many roles, such as that of a nutritionist, an educator, researcher, and can even work for the government creating policies regarding health and food. However, most commonly Dietitians help people manage their eating for various reasons. They are experts in nutrition, and work to help their clients maintain a healthy, attainable, and personalized dietary plan.
What are the qualifications of a Dietitian?
All Registered Dietitians must receive a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from a university program that has been accredited by The Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP). Within this degree Registered Dietitians are trained in the areas of science, social science, communication, and profession-related courses. Additionally, all RD’s must undergo supervised practical training, usually in the form of a master’s degree or internship. Our RD’s at the medical station have masters degrees: Emily’s being from the University of Toronto in Public Health, and Jordana’s in Health Sciences from Ryerson University.
Who sees a Dietitian?
Visiting a Registered Dietitian can vary greatly in purpose and setting. People may visit a Dietitian for weight management, allergy concerns, prevention or management of certain ailments such as diabetes and high blood pressure, digestive problems, or advice on sports nutrition, infant nutrition, or overcoming an eating disorder. Some people may see a Dietitian simply to learn how to maintain their health! Dietitians work in a wide array of settings and positions, including clinics, private practices, certain departments of government, hospitals, schools, community centres, nursing homes, areas of the food industry, areas of education, research centers, sports facilities, and even in their clients’ homes.
What does it cost to see a Dietitian?
Dietitian services are not covered by provincial healthcare, and prices range depending on the exact service you aim to receive. At The Medical Station nutrition services follow a fee for service model, with varying prices for length and type of appointment. While nutrition services are not covered by OHIP, many medical insurance plans will reimburse clients for nutrition service fees, so it is important to check your insurance plan coverage before visiting a dietitian. Nutrition services are also tax deductible under medical expenses.