What is the cost of service?
The cost of service is free.
Can anyone see the Nutritionist at RCC?
If you are a patient at the clinic, you can ask your physician for a referral to see the nutritionist. If you are not a patient at the clinic, your physician can refer you to a dietitian from your health region, or you could access Dietitians of Canada online to look for a private practice dietitian in your area.
The administrator for the nutrition department is available in the mornings from 8:30-12:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
What is the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?
Registered dietitians use their knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to promote good health. They are health care professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree specializing in food and nutrition and have completed supervised practical training through a university program or an approved hospital or community setting. Dietitians must be registered with provincial regulatory bodies and are the only professionals who can use the titles “Registered Dietitian”, “Professional Dietitian” and “Dietitian”, which are protected by law. Look for the letters RD, P.Dt. or Dt.P. after the name, indicating that the person is a registered member of the profession. A variety of titles have been used by unqualified people to describe their involvement in nutrition related practice. Many use the term “registered” with a variation of “nutrition” as a tile. You should be careful to ensure that the person is a qualified nutrition professional. You can contact Dietitians of Canada or the Provincial regulatory body to obtain a list of Dietitians in your area. In most provinces there are not regulatory standards to protect the title “nutritionist”. Both “nutritionists” at the Regina Community Clinic are indeed registered dietitians. Bottom line: nutrition isn’t common sense-it’s a specialized science. Before you put your trust in any health professional’s hands, be sure you feel confident in his or her qualifications.