HealthLine ex­panded to in­clude di­eti­tian ser­vices

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports -

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 askadi­eti­tian@gov.nl.ca.

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.

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