What do dietitians do? A registered dietitian (RD) is a trained food and nutrition expert and a regulated health professional. RDs collaborate with clients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to manage nutrition for health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. RDs translate the science of nutrition into practical guidance that can be used to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. What dietary services are provided at Baycrest? Registered dietitians assess nutrition status, provide food and nutrition information, and support clients, patients, and residents to improve their overall health. RDs provide counselling and expert nutrition advice based on best practices and up-to-date research to help manage medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, swallowing difficulties, and wound management. Baycrest RDs order oral diets, oral nutritional supplements, and enteral nutrition, as needed. Dietitian qualifications Training to become an RD includes completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university program plus supervised practical training. All RDs at Baycrest are registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.