What’s the difference between a Dietition and a nutritionist?
The titles Registered Dietitian, Professional Dietitian, and Dietitian are protected by law through provincial legislation. Only practitioners who have met education qualifications can use those titles.
A Dietitian is a health professional who has a bachelors degree, specializing in foods and nutrition, as well as a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting. Many Dietitians further their knowledge by pursuing a masters or doctoral degree.
The term nutritionist is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can call themselves a Nutritionist. While the title Nutritionist is protected for Dietitians in some provinces, it is not protected in all.
You should contact your provincial regulatory body to ensure that the services you receive are from a qualified Dietitian.
Why should I see a Dietitian? Can’t I just go on a diet?
Research shows that diets help you lose weight initially but do not help with long-term weight management.
Our Dietitians teach you skills for life. They also provide the support that fad diets do not.
Further, many people see Dietitians for a variety of reasons besides weight loss. Sports nutrition, disease management and corporate wellness are just a few of the services we offer.
Why does it cost so much?
Our pricing is in line with industry standards.
The cost covers more than just your visit. Your Dietitian must put in time and resources to research and develop a plan for you. Often three to four hours “behind the scenes” time goes along with your one hour session.
Does my benefits plan cover the cost?
Various extended health benefit plans cover dietitian services, in full or in part.
The following insurance compnanies/programs provide up-front coverage:
Warren Shepell Employee Assistance Program
The following insurance compnanies/programs may provide third-party reimbursement:
- Blue Cross
- Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance
- Great West Life
- Liberty Health
- Manulife Financial
- Sun life
Discuss your eligibility with your health benefits provider.
* We are now recognized as a Veterans Affairs Canada approved provider