HealthLine expanded to include dietitian services
ST JOHN’S, NL — Dial-aDietitian is a new service now available through the provincial HealthLine.
Its purpose is to encourage people to make healthier, more informed food choices and to receive helpful information or tips on healthy eating and nutrition. A referral from a health-care provider to use the Dial-a-Dietitian service is not needed.
Starting this week, it is available to all residents throughout the province. People can dial 811 for free, confidential, and easy access to the trusted advice of a registered dietitian. Dietitians are available to speak with callers from 9 a.m.noon and 1-4 p.m., MondayFriday. Dietitians are also able to respond to email inquiries. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
People can call or email for themselves or on behalf of a family member or friend. Health care providers also can call or email on behalf of a client, themselves or for general information purposes.
“People living with chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease, will benefit from easily accessible dietary advice,” Health and Community Services Minister John Haggie stated in a press release issued today (April 4). “Dial-a-Dietitian will also benefit those caring for seniors or those with special needs who may struggle with not knowing how to modify diets for certain health conditions.”
Jackie Spiers of Dietitians of Canada in Newfoundland says the service will allow more Newfoundlanders and Labradorians the opportunity to access reliable, life-changing advice from dietitians, no matter where they live.
“Local dietitians will be standing by to answer questions from how to feed your baby to food safety and everything in between,” she stated.
With the province’s high rates of chronic health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity — all which are impacted by nutrition and other lifestyle choices — access to a registered dietitian for safe accurate nutrition information will be invaluable, according to Marjorie Scott of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians.
Expansion of the HealthLine to include the services of registered dietitians is an initiative under the provincial government’s Chronic Disease Action Plan. For more information about the NL HealthLine, visit:www.yourhealthline.ca.