Our Registered Dietitians (RDs) provide one-on-one individual nutrition counselling and group education on various health topics both in person at our sites and at other locations throughout the city, as well as on-line. Through fun sessions with dietitians, newcomers and other vulnerable individuals have a chance to learn about the connection between food and health, how to make decisions about food, and how to eat well. Participants will learn about the role of food at different stages of life These include during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, in infancy and childhood, during adolescent and adult years, and when aging.
Our nutrition program also encourages continued learning about how food can help to prevent and manage diabetes, heart problems, osteoporosis, food intolerances and allergies, digestive problems, and weight changes.
The Registered Dietitians at Access Alliance believe in health with dignity. We use multiple approaches to client care and community programs, guided by client-centred, anti-oppressive principles. We recognize the layers of challenges that individuals and communities face in order to achieve health changes and we work with them to find changes that feel achievable and meaningful.
We rely on interactive learning to help clients develop goals that meet their individual nutritional needs. Wherever possible, we work with interpreters and use multilingual, multicultural resources that respect the diversity of the many individuals and communities with whom we work.
Clients are referred to our Registered Dietitians from our Primary Health Care Team for health concerns such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, iron deficiency, obesity, feeding toddlers and infants, pregnancy and disordered eating patterns.
Settlement workers can also refer clients for nutritional counselling, as long as they have a family doctor or nurse practitioner that they see on a regular basis in their own community.
Our Registered Dietitians also deliver nutrition workshops in the community as well as at our locations or on-line. They also participate in a number of group initiatives like Newcomers Cooking Together, our various congregate dining programs, and grocery store tours.
To find prenatal nutrition programs near you, contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.
Dietary Reference Intake Values (“DRIs”):
Established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), these guides set out how much of each nutrient/mineral a person needs for their age and sex. They also tell us the Upper Tolerable Level (UL) to make sure that no one is over-consuming any one nutrient – which can happen if someone is using supplements. How to use these guides changes depending on if you are assessing or planning for individuals or groups. Please consult a registered dietitian to discuss further. The DRIs have been used to create Canada’s Food Guide so there’s no need to learn exact details, starting with Canada’s Food Guide is an excellent start for healthy individuals.
Watch this video to learn about how the College of Dietitians of Ontario works in the public interest to regulate and support RDs to provide safe, ethical and competent nutrition services.