​​​​​What is a Registered Dietitian?

Simply put, a Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health professional that is licensed to give advice on nutrition and food. RD's are trusted experts that make medical and nutrition research easier to understand. RD's can work in a variety of settings including in hospitals to help manage nutrition related diseases and work with food service teams to ensure adequate nutrition is provided to patients, in communities where they may educate on different health and nutrition topics, or as consultants for food product development and research. RD's can also work privately and run their own businesses providing individual counselling and other services such as those provided by WHITTY NUTRITION.

How do you become a Registered Dietitian?

There are 4 steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada:
1) You must complete a 4 year baccalaureate degree in human nutritional sciences from an accredited university program. 
2) You must successfully complete an accredited dietetic internship program. These programs are generally about 40 - 45             weeks long.
3) You must pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam.
4) You must be registered with the provincial regulatory body in your area in order to practice as an RD. 


What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

This is a very common question and it is important for the public to be able to distinguish the difference. 
  -   The title "Registered Dietitian," "Professional Dietitian," "Dietitian," and "Graduate Dietitian" are protected by law and             only qualified practitioners who have met the requirements as described above are able to use these titles.  
-    The term "Nutritionist" is not protected by law in all provinces of Canada so many different people
without training as a            Dietitian may use this term as a title. Some Dietitians may also use this as a title in places where it is protected by                        law however it is important to know that not ALL Nutritionists are trained as Dietitians. 


If you want to read more about this check out the Dietitians of Canada website: 
http://www.dietitians.ca/find-a-dietitian/difference-between-dietitian-and-nutritionist.aspx


Where do you get your information?


As a Registered Dietitian, part of my role is to ensure that the information I provide to others is accurate and factual. I always ensure that the information I pass on to others comes from credible sources such as peer-reviewed journals. This is one of the most important things about seeking advice from a Dietitian, because it ensures that you are receiving evidenced-based information. Much of the nutrition information available on the internet is not evidenced-based and can be misleading or completely incorrect. Dietitians work hard to ensure that all information is backed by scientific evidence, however in the world of nutrition we are always learning new things to better our understanding of the human body, what it needs to work properly, and the best ways to get all the nutrients required everyday. Since nutrition information is always evolving and research is always ongoing, we often work with the best information we have available at any given time. If not enough research has been conducted on a certain topic, expert opinion is sometimes used in practice to make recommendations. Also, for some nutrition issues there may be no clear black or white answer if the research is controversial, therefore opinion and a client's personal preference may come into play. Dietitians should always let you know when they are speaking from their own opinion or whether the information is based on current research.


​What are the benefits of meeting with a Dietitian?


Everyone can benefit from meeting with a Dietitian! Dietitians are nutrition experts that can help with weight loss or weight gain, prevention/management of chronic diseases, helping deal with food allergies/intolerances, sports nutrition, digestive issues, infant feeding guidelines, feeding a family, meal planning, budgeting for groceries, recipe development, and overall healthy eating advice. By meeting with a Dietitian you can be assured that the information you receive is customized to fit your needs and is based on scientific evidence. 

Check out the EatRight Ontario website for more information on what Dietitians do and where they can work:
 http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Frequently-Asked-Questions/What-is-a-Registered-Dietitian#.U_-xI_ldWSo


What type of services do you offer? 


Check out theSERVICES tab for a detailed list and description of the services offered byWHITTY NUTRITION.


What are the cost of your services?

An estimated cost of services is listed under the SERVICES  tab. Some pricing may vary. Please contact WHITTY NUTRITION for specific pricing details. 


How do you determine your costs?


Costs are determined based on a variety of factors such as the current average hourly rate of Dietitians in the province, the time required to prepare for sessions, and the cost of any materials.


Do you require a doctor's referral?


You do not require a doctor's referral in order to make an appointment with WHITTY NUTRITION, however information about your past medical history is important and will be asked on the initial survey prior to the first meeting and will be kept on file. Information from our session can be forwarded to your family doctor upon request. At times your insurance company may require a doctor's referral in order to cover the cost of dietitian service - check with your provider for details.


What if I don't live in your area?


Unfortunately, WHITTY NUTRITION is only able to take clients from the province of Manitoba at this time. 


​How can I pay?


Services can be paid for via cash, major credit card or personal cheque. 

NEW! WHITTY NUTRITION now offers direct billing to insurance companies through partnership with A Little Nutrition!


​Does insurance pay for Dietitian services?


Yes! Many insurance policies cover 80 - 100% of the cost of seeing a Dietitian. Check with your employer or insurance provider to see if your plan qualifies. Some insurance companies will require you to have a doctors referral in order to be reimbursed for the cost of services so check your policy and speak with your physician if necessary. 


NEW! WHITTY NUTRITION now offers direct billing to insurance companies through partnership with A Little Nutrition!


If you currently have an insurance plan that does NOT cover the cost of seeing a Dietitian be sure to speak with your Human Resources (HR) representative and/or employer and encourage them to invest in a plan that covers this essential service. You can also help ensure Dietitians are covered under Canada's Public Service Health Care Plan by clicking HERE to sign the petition! You support is appreciated!