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Clinical Nutrition Services

Registered Dietitians (RD's) are experts in the area of nutrition and counselling.  They are trained to provide individualized, evidence-based nutrition therapy to clients.  The long term goals are to optimize nutrition status, improve health, increase longevity and enhance enjoyment of life.  

Dietitians at the MFHT are essential members of the Primary Health Care Team. In collaboration with clients, caregivers and healthcare providers, they play an important role in promoting health, preventing disease and managing both acute and chronic diseases where nutrition is a key factor.  Clients may be seen individually, in a group setting or a combination of both. 
 
Strategies  to manage nutrition related problems are discussed and tailored to meet each person't individualized needs.  With input from each client, the RD determines the need for further follow up.
 

Individual Counselling:

 Examples of types of referrals to the Dietitians for individual assessment and counselling include:
 
  • Weight concerns (see ** note below)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lactose Intolerance, etc...
  • High Cholesterol 
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Pre/Postnatal Nutrition 
  • Food Allergies and Sensitivities
  • General Nutrition

 

** Note: Patients referred for overweight / obesity are required to attend a one-time 2-hour "Best Weight Introduction" group session.  Patients can be scheduled for this session by contacting their clinic.  Following this session, clients can be referred for individual or group counselling. 
 

Group Programs:

The Dietitians facilitate several group programs.  Below is a list of some of the group programs available.  
  • Best Weight Introduction
  • Bone Health: Keeping your bones strong
  • Brain Health: Feeding Your Mind
  • Heart Health Series
    • Heart Health Basics
    • the Mediterranean Diet
    • Shop Smart for Your Heart
    • Figuring Out Fats
    • Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure
    • Focus on Fiber
    • Heart Health - Putting it all together

Full descriptions of the groups can be found below clicking on the program . 

Programs
Best Weight Introduction
Bone Health: Keeping Your Bones Strong
Brain Health: Feeding Your Mind
Heart Health Series
Recipe for Change
Recipe For Change Follow-up Group