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Dietitians can guide your whole family to better health

(NC) Parents and other caregivers face the daily challenges of preparing healthy meals for their family as they grow through the various stages of life. Children in particular have specific nutrition needs as they grow into teenagers. If you are a baby boomer, you may be dealing with the competing nutrition needs of children or grandchildren, with aging parents, and with your own health requirements. If you are looking for safe and reliable advice about what to eat for better health, a registered dietitian can help.

As regulated health professionals, dietitians have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you plan healthy meals through all stages of life. They are experienced in translating medical and nutrition information into practical eating plans and strategies to keep you and your family healthy. For example, they can help with weight management, food allergies or sensitivities, picky eaters, develop eating plans for young athletes, or for anyone suffering from nutrition-related diseases like diabetes or high cholesterol.

“The College of Dietitians of Ontario works for the public to make sure that dietitians offer safe nutrition services for people of all ages,” says Mary Lou Gignac, the registrar and executive director for the college. “To practice in Ontario, Registered Dietitians achieve the college standards for academic and practical education, ethics, professional conduct, and continuing competence – and, all dietitians must participate in our Quality Assurance Program to make sure that they stay current with nutrition science throughout their career. You can expect them to bring a high degree of skills, judgment and knowledge to provide safe nutrition services.”

As regulated health professionals, dietitians are held accountable for their conduct. If you have any concerns or complaints about the services you have received from a dietitian, you can call the college for help. More information is available online at www.mydietitian.ca.

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