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What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians think that eating well should be a joy – not complicated or stressful.


As real people who juggle family, jobs, pets and other responsibilities, we understand that life is a fun and hectic place. Our goal as dietitians is to help you enjoy the benefits of healthy food without the stress. We are here to help you cut through the confusion and give you the best nutrition information to support optimal health.


Use our Find a Dietitian section to connect with local dietitians in your region.


Experts in Nutrition


To practice as a Professional Dietitian in Nova Scotia you must:

  • Complete a Bachelors Degree in food and nutrition (4 years)

  • Complete an internship under the guidance of Professional Dietitians in clinical, community and foodservice nutrition (1 year).

  • Pass the Canadian Dietetics Registration Examination (CDRE) developed by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulation Bodies.

  • Become registered with the provincial regulatory body, the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA).

  • Complete the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) yearly as part of ongoing professional development.


As trusted experts in nutrition, the titles “Dietitian”, “Professional Dietitian” and “Registered Dietitian” are protected in Canada. In Nova Scotia the title “Nutritionist” is also protected. This means only professionals who have completed the training listed above can call themselves a “Dietitian” or “Nutritionist” in Nova Scotia. 

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