What is a dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) has a university degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and has completed an internship post-degree.
To practise in Alberta, RDs must be licensed by the College of Dietitians of Alberta. This license is reviewed by the College annually.
The title Registered Dietitian and the letters RD are protected by law in Canada. They can only be used by professionals who have met the national standards.
An RD is an expert in nutrition and can provide you with advice, education and plans that are tailored to you. RDs have access to up-to-date information and resources that can help you with your nutrition needs.
What can an RD do for you?
Here are some of the things a dietitian can speak to you about:
- Choosing a healthy diet to ensure you are getting the correct nutrients for your needs
- Learning to read labels and understanding food claims
- When and if to take vitamin and mineral supplements
- What to eat to help with athletic performance
- How to be a healthy vegeterian
- Healthy food choices for special dietary needs or medical conditions (IBS, Celiac, allergies, high cholesterol)
- Help with achieving a healthy body weight
- Recovery from disordered eating (in conjunction with the Mental Health Team)
What to expect in an appointment?
Prior to your appointment, you will be provided with a 3-day food diary. Please ensure this is filled out and brought to the appointment. The dietitian will review your information and analyze your eating habits. Information and resources will be provided based on your individual needs and the dietitians' assessment.
Appointments are 60 minutes, depending on the issue. Follow-up appointments will be based on individual needs.
To make an appointment with the dietitian, please call the Health Centre at 403-317-2888 or visit us in the SU Building SU020.