Registered Dietitian Services
A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health professional who can provide advice on nutrition, food, and healthy eating choices to help feel your best. They translate scientific research about food and nutrition into practical solutions for and your family. A registered dietitian would not just hand you a diet or a list of foods to not eat and send you on your way or promote or sell you unnecessary food or supplements. The advice and information they provide is tailored to you and your needs.
Registered Dietitians are your trusted experts in nutrition.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can a Registered Dietitian Help Me?
Registered Dietitians can help clients with concerns ranging from obesity and weight management to issues including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, GI issues (including celiac disease, IBS, constipation), food allergies and intolerances, pediatric nutrition (including introduction of solids and picky eating) , and many other nutritional related complications. Your registered dietitian will help you achieve your personal goals through diet modification, support, guidance and encouragement in your journey towards better health.
Do I need a referral to see a Registered Dietitian?
No. A referral is not necessary to be assessed or to be treated by a Registered Dietitian. However, some third party insurance carriers may require a referral from a family physician for insurance claim re-imbursements.
Are Registered Dietitian services covered?
Registered Dietitian services are not covered by OHIP. However, in Ontario, all insurance companies offer registered dietitian services as a reimbursable benefit. Check with your employer or HR department to see if they have included this benefit as part of your insurance package. Most extended health care plans do cover registered dietitian services. If your plan has a “health spending account” this can be used for registered dietitian services. If you do not have benefits, registered dietitian services are HST exempt and tax deductible.
Meeting With A Registered Dietitian Can Help If You’re Looking To:
- Lose or manage your weight in a healthy and lasting way
- Manage your diabetes (Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes)
- Manage your high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
- Manage high blood pressure
- Determine what is fact or fiction when it comes to nutrition
- Learn more about cooking and preparing healthy meals/snacks for you and your family
- Overcome disordered eating behaviours (overeating, mindless eating, emotional eating)
- Manage various GI health conditions (IBS/IBD, celiac disease, constipation)
- Manage other health conditions including nutrient deficiencies (iron-deficiency anemia)
- Manage food allergies and intolerances
- Eat well during pregnancy
- Manage pediatric nutrition concerns (picky eating, introduction to solids, underweight/overweight)