a Registered Dietitian and what is the difference between a Registered
Dietitian and a “nutritionist”?
A nutritionist is a health professional with a University Bachelor
of Science degree specializing in foods and nutrition that prepares
them for careers in nutrition research or medicine. A dietitian
is a health professional with a University Bachelor of Science
degree specializing in foods and nutrition as well as a period
of practical training, accredited by Dietitians of Canada, in
a hospital and/or community setting. This prepares candidates
for careers in health and food service centres, hospitals, and
nutrition counseling centres, clinics or private practice or community
nutrition education programs. Law in all provinces protects the
title “dietitian” so that only qualified professionals can use
this title. The title "nutritionist" is protected only
in British Colombia, Quebec and Nova Scotia. In New Brunswick
the title "Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist" is protected.
The term "nutritionist" can be used by in provinces
where the title is not protected.
How do I find a Registered Dietitian
Whether you're looking for a consultant to advise on a wellness
program at your work place or you need individual counselling,
a registered dietitian in private practice can offer the specialized
services you need.
To find a dietitian nearest you go to http://www.dietitians.ca/public/content/find_a_nutrition_professional/find_a_dietitian.asp