Nearly one in three Canadians has been diagnosed with a chronic disease like obesity, diabetes or heart disease. Consulting dietitians run their own private consulting business. They help clients plan healthy meals, advise on workplace wellness programs and provide nutrition guidance to help people cope with dietary changes.
Access to consulting dietitians may be limited because these services are not covered by provincial health care plans. Plus, not all health and benefit plans include nutrition counseling services by a dietitian.
Dietitians are the only health professional qualified to be providing nutrition counselling to clients. Dietitians are a regulated health professional in all provinces in Canada. Extended health and benefit plans that support nutrition counselling should refer to registered dietitians.
Dietitians of Canada makes it easier for Canadians to access dietitians by advocating for nutrition counselling to be included as an employee benefit.