In Ontario, “Dietitian” is a protected title where as “Nutritionist” is not. That means that anybody can call themselves a Nutritionist but only those who have completed a 4-year degree in nutrition and additional internship can call themselves a Dietitian. The College of Dietitians of Ontario regulates all dietitians in the province to ensure that they’re practicing ethically and responsibly. By seeing a dietitian, you can be assured that you’re getting the most up-to-date. evidence-based nutrition advice.
Unfortunately, nutrition counselling provided by private practice dietitians is not currently covered by OHIP. However, dietitian services are partially or fully covered by many extended health insurance plans, but each plan is different. Please check with your insurance provider to see what coverage is available for nutrition counselling services.
Dietitians are trained to provide education and counselling to people of all backgrounds with a wide range of goals. Whether you are looking to lose weight, control your blood sugars, train for a marathon, or lower your cholesterol, a dietitian can help prepare an individualized nutrition plan that will work for you.
Dietitians know what is realistic. Dietitians will help you set achievable goals and come up with strategies to overcome challenges along the way.
Dietitians stay up to date with the most current research. We look through all the information available to determine what a practical and sustainable nutrition plan looks like for your health goals.
No, a referral is not needed to see a dietitian. However, some private insurance plans may ask for a doctor’s referral before services can be reimbursed.