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(NC) If you would like top-tier guidance when it comes to your daily menus, keep in mind that Registered Dietitians are a trusted source for nutrition information.

They are skilled in translating food science into practical eating plans to help you and your family enjoy a healthy lifestyle. They also help people manage nutrition-related diseases and health conditions including, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, digestive issues and food allergies. Registered Dietitians support people of all ages to achieve nutrition goals, such as increased energy, weight loss and overall well-being.

They are also highly qualified. Registered dietitians are regulated health professionals who must be members of the College of Dietitians of Ontario to practice in this province. “To be a member of the college means that a dietitian has met rigorous standards of education,” says Mary Lou Gignac, the registrar and executive director for the college. “They are accountable for ongoing competence and for the delivery of quality nutrition services throughout their career. You can access the services of a registered dietitian by consulting your physician (or other primary care provider), or by searching online for a “registered dietitian” in your area, or by going to www.dietitians.ca and clicking on Find a Dietitian.

Although these services are not covered by OHIP, there are many government funded services through one of the Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, Diabetes Education Programs, hospitals and long-term care residences. Many insurance companies also offer benefits for nutrition services by registered dietitians.

Free and reliable nutrition information is available through the Eat Right Ontario program called “Ask a Dietitian”. This service provides a direct link to answer your questions. Call 1-877-510-5102, or browse the website at www.eatrightontario.ca.

The Register of Dietitians (at www.collegeofdietitians.org) will tell you whether a person is allowed to practice in Ontario. The register is current and contains business contact information, restrictions on the practice (if there are any) and gives important information about any registration and discipline history.

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