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FAQs

What does a dietitian do?

Dietitians work with you to understand your particular needs and challenges around food, and to help you find solutions. They help you feel empowered to understand food and to enjoy it. Dietitians help simplify nutrition by providing advice and information that supports your health goals. In a world where we have access to endless information, it can be overwhelming to sift through all of the opinions when it comes to optimal nutrition. Dietitians are trained to assess research and translate it to be easy to understand and to help you meet your individual needs. ​Dietitians are held to a high standard and are required to maintain ongoing professional development. 

Is a dietitian the same as a nutritionist?

No, not in Ontario. Registered Dietitian (RD) is a protected designation in Ontario, meaning only people registered with the provincial regulatory body can use this title. To register, you need to have completed a 4-year Bachelor of Science, an approved internship program with 1800+ hours of practical training, passed a national exam and maintain on-going professional development. 

In some provinces (Alberta, Quebec, NS) nutritionist is also a protected title, but in Ontario it is not so anyone can call themself a nutritionist. 

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Do you accept insurance? 

Registered Dietitians are covered by most private insurance plans, check with yours to be sure. All services are charged directly to the client. We will prepare any necessary forms or reports to help you collect benefits from your insurance company.

Tax reimbursement: Registered Dietitians in Ontario are classified as “Authorized Medical Practitioner.” Retain your receipt and you may be able to claim the fees as non-refundable tax credit for medical expense, from the government. Visit Canada Revenue Agency website for details.

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