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FAQs

How do I access a registered dietitian within Horizon?

Dietitian services can be accessed by referral from a health-care provider only. Self-referrals for dietitian services are accepted at Community Health Centres.

 

Is there a cost involved?
There is no cost to see a registered dietitian as it is covered by Medicare.

 

How long is the waiting list?
The waiting list to see a dietitian varies, you may wait as little as 2 weeks or as long as 6 months.

 

How long does an appointment take?
If you are referred to a registered dietitian for an education class, the length of your visit will vary between 30 minutes and 1 hour. It will depend on the information to be covered and how many questions you may have.

 

How do I make an appointment?
In most cases the dietitian you have been referred to will contact you to set up an appointment.

 

What's the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
A dietitian is a health professional who has a Bachelor's degree, specializing in foods and nutrition, as well as a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting.

Dietitians are members of a provincially regulated profession that has Public Protection as their mandate.

The term Nutritionist is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can all themselves a "Nutritionist".

For further information, please see:

http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-A-Dietitian/Difference-Between-Dietitian-and-Nutritionist.aspx

 

How do I find credible nutrition information online?

The following document contains information regarding this subject.

http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Healthy-Eating---General/How-many-calories-and-nutrientsin-the-food-I-eat.aspx  

 

How do I recognize a fad diet?

Please read the following article for more information.

http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Weight-Loss-and-Control/Guidelines-for-Choosing-a-Weight-Loss-Program.aspx

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