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What is 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 in Canada?
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



 

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