Who do you listen to for advice on nutrition and health?
Are you concerned about how the food you eat affects your health? Confused about all the conflicting information regarding nutrition? Do you ever wonder who can help you?
A Registered Dietitian can help you
The profession of dietetics is the only regulated nutrition profession in Ontario. This means that only members of the College of Dietitians of Ontario can call themselves a Registered Dietitian and can have the RD after their name in Ontario. The College works for public protection and regulates dietitians for the delivery of safe, ethical and quality nutrition services.
The title “Registered Dietitian” or “RD” means that this person is highly trained to give you safe, ethical and science-backed nutrition advice for healthy eating. So when you need nutrition advice to treat and manage health issues like diabetes or heart
disease, to choose good nutrition for your family, or to optimize athletic performance, your Registered Dietitian is qualified to help you.
High Standards to Become an RD
The high standards to become a dietitian includes an accredited 4-year or equivalent degree with appropriate courses in sciences and human nutrition, administration and humanities, an accredited dietetic internship or equivalent supervised practical training, and successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination.
All members of the College, regardless of their employment status or area of practice participate in a Quality Assurance Program. The program helps dietitians improve their knowledge and skills, identifies where they need to improve more and supports ongoing learning to ensure quality dietetic care.
The College is there to help you
Should you have an issue with the nutrition care you have received from a Registered Dietitian, you can call the College of Dietitians of Ontario for help and to get information about how to make a complaint.