Registered Dietitian

What is a Registered Dietitian?

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A Registered Dietitian is a regulated health professional who is passionate about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. Dietitians have a degree in foods and nutrition from an accredited university program and undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in universities. Just like all regulated health professionals, dietitians are committed and required to stay on top of emerging research, skills, and techniques. Dietitians provide evidenced-based nutrition information, and are the trusted source of nutrition information. They look past fads and gimmicks to give you reliable nutrition information!

What Do Dietitian's Do?

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Dietitians are trained in medical nutrition therapy, meaning they are able to suggest diet/lifestyle changes as part of your overall care plan. Below is a list of common reasons an individual may consult with a Registered Dietitian:

  • To achieve a healthy weight; this could be weight loss or weight gain, or even weight maintenance.
  • To manage chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart health and cancer to name a few.
  • To discuss optimal nutrition for a healthy pregnancy.
  • To discuss digestive concerns. This might include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, GI upset, crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  
  • To discuss sports nutrition; which might include suggestions on optimal protein intake, meal timing, hydration, pre and post exercise nutrition etc. 
  • To discuss transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet in a healthy way.
  • To discuss picky eaters and infant nutrition.
  • To gain assistance in developing a healthy relationship with food
  • For assistance with meal planning, menu ideas and healthy recipe

Nora Heighton | RD, BSc. AHN

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Registered Dietitian

Nora is a member of College of Dietitians of Alberta, as well as Dietitians of Canada. She is passionate about delivering an individualized approach to health & wellness through a healthy balance with food and lifestyle activities. She loves to support patients in reaching their goals with an open and caring attitude. More than just food, Nora is also a registered yoga teacher! Stretching, and eating…two sports that go great together!

Specialties:
• General Healthy Eating
• Weight Management
• Emotional Eating Support & Strategies
• Healthy Relationship with Food
• Chronic Disease Management 
• Sports Nutrition
• Vegetarian/Vegan Eating

Techniques:
• Motivational Interviewing & Goal Setting 
• Individualized Nutrition Assessments & Plans
• Evidenced Based Nutrition Education