Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will get answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding nutrition.

Ask a Dietitian

EatRight Ontario provides a province-wide Dietitian Advisory Service, connecting Ontarians directly to Registered Dietitians.

Consumers can talk to a Registered Dietitian about nutrition and healthy eating, by calling toll-free at 1-877-510-5102 Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (Eastern Time) or send in questions online at Eat Right Ontario 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The focus of the service is health promotion and disease prevention. It is not intended to provide a counselling service or address clinical nutrition needs of individual situations. The contact centre will provide service in English and French, as well as accommodate many other languages.

How do I access the services of a Registered Dietitian?

Region of Waterloo employs Registered Dietitians in the Public Health department. However, dietetic services to individual clients are not provided by Public Health.

Clients seeking dietetic services may do so in one of two ways:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy is provided by Grand River, St. Mary's and Cambridge Memorial Hospitals on an out-patient basis to clients who have a referral from a health care provider (e.g. family physician, nurse practitioner). Most of the services provided by hospital Dietitians are covered by OHIP.
  • For more information on dietetic services provided by local hospitals, download a copy of the Directory of Nutrition Services for Waterloo Region. A hard copy can be requested from the Public Health Resource Centre at 519-575-4400 ext. 2256.
  • Fee-for-Service dietetic services are provided by consulting Dietitians in the community. Check the Find a Dietitian database.

How do I request a nutrition presentation?

The Region of Waterloo Dietitians do not routinely conduct nutrition presentations. Group leaders wanting a nutrition presentation may consider the following two options:

  • Contact a consulting Dietitian in the community. There is a fee for these dietetic services. Check the Find a Dietitian database.
  • Borrow a variety of nutrition teaching kits from the Public Health Resource Centre at no charge. These ready-assembled, user-friendly teaching kits provide community leaders and teachers with suggested lesson plans, activity ideas and relevant background information to help you plan your presentations or class lessons. For more information, call 519-575-4400 ext. 2256 or email