Why should I choose to see a Registered Dietitian for my nutrition and health concerns?
Dietitians/nutritionists are the only healthcare professionals recognized by the Code of Professions in the fields of human nutrition and dietetics. They have a university degree, solid scientific knowledge and training, and must fulfill ongoing continuing education requirements in the field of nutrition.
In Quebec, the terms “dietitian” and “nutritionist” are reserved titles designating the same profession and are protected by provincial law. Other protected titles include “Registered Dietitian” (RD), “Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist”, “Practising Dietitian” (PDt). The law ensures that only qualified practitioners with a valid license to practise can use these titles and therefore contributes to protecting the public.
Like other healthcare professionals, dietitians/nutritionists are members of a regulatory body, the Order of Dietitians of Quebec (Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec).
Nutrition counselling practices as such are not protected by law. A number of nutrition and wellness services (particularly for weight loss programs) are proposed by nutrition coaches; while some of them may be dietitians, most of them are not. It is advised to ask to see their credentials, and when in doubt, to call the provincial regulatory body (OPDQ) and verify their membership.
Are nutrition counselling services covered by insurance companies?
Private counselling services by dietitians are covered by several insurance companies. Check with yours to see if your coverage includes nutrition services.