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This Province requires that "no person shall engage in or hold herself out as engaging in the practice of dietetics unless she is registered."
The Health Practices Act describes the practice of dietetics as: "the translation and application of the scientific knowledge of foods and human nutrition towards the attainment, maintenance and promotion of the health of individuals, groups and the community and includes the following:
(a) administering food service systems though this function is not exclusive to dietitians;
(b) assessing nutritional needs of individuals and developing and implementing nutritional care plans based on the assessments;
(c) establishing and reviewing the principles of nutrition and guidelines for healthy and ill people throughout their lives;
(d) assessing the overall nutritional needs of a community in order to establish priorities and to influence policies which provide the nutritional component of preventative programs,
and implementing and evaluating those programs;
(e) interpreting and evaluating, for consumer protection, information on nutrition that is available to the public;
(f) consulting with individuals, families and groups on the principles of food and nutrition and the practical application of those principles;
(g) planning, conducting and evaluating educational programs on nutrition;
(h) conducting basic and applied research in food, nutrition and food service systems though this function is not exclusive to dietitians;"
No person shall use the title "Dietitian", "Dietician", "Professional Dietitian", "Registered Dietitian - Nutritionist", "Registered Dietitian", or the abbreviations "P.Dt.", "R.D." or "RON" or other designation representing the title, unless such person is a registered dietitian.
Those who are authorized to practice medicine, dentistry, as a nursing assistant registered under the Registered Nursing Assistants Act, the practice of nursing, the practice of occupational therapy , pharmacy, speech-language pathology, or audiology.