Improving Access to Dietitians in Newfoundland and Labrador

Dial-a-Dietitian is a FREE service that offers evidence-based healthy eating advice, delivered by local dietitians by calling the NL 811 HealthLine. Dial-a-Dietitian connects residents directly to a dietitian. No referral from a health care provider is needed.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador collaborated with Dietitians of Canada to launch this service.  The vision for the program is for all Newfoundland and Labrador residents to have free, easy access to nutrition advice from anywhere in the province.

Registered dietitians with the service provide advice for nutrition related concerns. Examples include: healthy eating, meal planning, heart disease, diabetes, weight management, food safety, breastfeeding, infant feeding, picky eaters, nutrition for seniors, and food allergies and intolerances. Advice is provided by phone or email and when necessary, Dial-a-Dietitian will refer to local services for in-depth counselling or further support.

Wondering what kind of questions you may ask? Some examples of common questions:

  • What should I feed my baby?
  • How can my family eat healthy on a budget?
  • How can I get more iron in my diet?
  • Should I juice cleanse?
  • What foods contain hidden gluten?
  • How can I lower my risk of heart disease?
  • Should I use baby-led weaning to start solids with my infant?
  • I have diabetes; what kind of meals should I cook?

Registered dietitians are trained, regulated nutrition experts, passionate about food and its potential to enhance lives and improve health. Dietitians respect traditional food knowledge, values and health practices.

Dial-a-Dietitian is available to all residents throughout the province. Dietitians are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Calls outside of regular hours will be returned next working day. Dietitians are also able to respond to email inquiries anytime by using the Dial-a-Dietitian link at www.811healthline.ca. Questions will be answered within three business days or less. Dial-a-Dietitian service is online and ready for your calls and emails. We look forward to supporting good nutritional choices for all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.