Group Health Insurance Benefits
Why Should You work with a Dietitian?
Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionists are the only regulated health professionals in the field of nutrition.
An RD has 4 years of a Bachelor of Science and a 1 year internship postgraduate. RDs are required to register with the College of Dietitians of Alberta and submit continuing competency and register each year for their RD licence.
This is a self-regulating professional body similar to Registered Nurse, Physician, Pharmacist, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapists. The College of Dietitians of Alberta ensures that RDs are up to date with government legislation, privacy laws and take complaints made against RDs by the public.
Do you have registered dietitian benefits in your health plan that you could use to improve your health & wellness?
Many companies include Registered Dietitian services in their extended health benefits. These benefits usually do not roll over from year to year which means if you don't use them, you lose them. If you are not sure if your plan includes coverage you can call your HR department, call the plan providers or review your benefits plan booklet.
If you are uncertain looking at your booklet, here's how to navigate your extended health care plan:
Call your extended health care plan and ask:
Do I have coverage to see a registered dietitian?
Do I have a health spending account?
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
How much coverage do I have in a calendar year and do I have this amount for each family member?
If you have a health spending account, this can be used for your dietitian services?
Who are registered dietitians?
RDs are the only regulated health professionals in the field of nutrition.
Dietitians are qualified to offer Canadians trust-worthy, science-based food and nutrition advice tailored to their health goals, preferences, and lifestyles.
In Alberta, Nutritionist is a protected title which means that technically only RDs can use this title. However other nutrition coaches may use this term without knowing it's protected so question this title if not used along with RD.