What is it?
In Nutritional Counselling, a nutritionist or dietician works with you in order to assess your nutritional status and develop a food plan to maintain or restore your health.
The nutritionists and dieticians who provide nutritional counselling are specialists in food and human nutrition.
Who is it for?
Nutritional counselling can help people having a range of health issues, including
- kidney problems
- high blood pressure and heart problems
- weight management
- digestive problems
- food allergies/intolerances
- pregnancy, breastfeeding, and post-partum weight loss
- lifestyle changes
Nutritional counselling can also help with food introduction for young children, and with children who have eating issues (for example, picky eaters).
Nutritionists and dieticians also assist people with grocery budget planning.
Where is it offered?
Nutrition services are offered in the CMC and/or the Multi-Service Day Centre.
What does it involve?
Nutrition counselling can take place in an individual session or in a group/workshop setting (such as a cooking class).
An individual session involves the client alone (or perhaps with family members) to discuss nutritional habits with the nutritionist. The client will also be able to share health concerns and goals, and will receive tips, advice and recipe ideas.
A workshop or group setting offers the chance to explore nutrition in a fun and interactive way.
How long does it last?
A session usually lasts one hour.
How can I get this service?
To meet with a nutritionist, get an appointment at the CMC with a nurse or doctor, and discuss your nutritional needs with them. They can then refer you to the nutritionist. You can also call the MSDC and ask to speak with the nutritionist there.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about nutrition and the work of a nutritionist in your community, contact your local CMC.
For more general information about Nutritional Counselling, you can visit the website of the Quebec Order of Dieticians: https://opdq.org/