D for diet

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BETH PEN­NEY

The “dial-a-di­eti­tian” ini­tia­tive an­nounced as part of a new health-care ac­tion plan is a ser­vice that hopes to en­cour­age the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador to pur­sue a health­ier life­style.

Sixty-three per cent of res­i­dents of New­found­land and Labrador have at least one chronic dis­ease.

In the prov­ince, res­i­dents show low rates of fruit and veg­etable con­sump­tion, and high rates of al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

The “dial-a-di­eti­tian” ini­tia­tive an­nounced as part of a new ac­tion plan is a ser­vice that hopes to en­cour­age the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador to pur­sue a health­ier life­style.

The ini­tia­tive will be an ex­pan­sion of the New­found­land and Labrador Health­line to in­clude the ser­vices of reg­is­tered di­eti­tians.

Feli­cia Newell, a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian, nu­tri­tion­ist and health coach, says this ini­tia­tive will ben­e­fit peo­ple across the prov­ince.

“This pro­gram will be ideal for peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral parts of the prov­ince,” said Newell. “There are also a lot of peo­ple who live in town, and work full time, but di­eti­tian ser­vices still aren’t cov­ered un­der their in­surance poli­cies.”

Through this ser­vice, res­i­dents of the prov­ince will be able to call a di­eti­tian to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion on healthy eat­ing, and be re­ferred to ad­di­tional ser­vices in their re­gion.

“In the age of so­cial me­dia every­thing goes vi­ral so eas­ily, and ev­ery­body thinks that they are a nu­tri­tion ex­pert,” said Newell. “It makes it re­ally con­fus­ing for peo­ple to get cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion when there’s so much con­flict­ing in­for­ma­tion on­line.”

With this ini­tia­tive, res­i­dents of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans will no longer have to search their symp­toms on­line. Reg­is­tered di­eti­tians are trained to pro­vide advice about diet, food and nu­tri­tion, and will soon be only a phone call away.

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Reg­is­tered di­eti­tian Feli­cia Newell says peo­ple need re­li­able and cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion about nu­tri­tion and diet.

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