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The Potential to Heal

Updated: Sep 20, 2020


Nutrition Month 2018 features the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together – with the help of dietitians. Visit for more details.

Dietitians believe in and understand the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. Dietitians can help you select and prepare the foods you need to meet your nutrient needs. They use food to promote healing, and educate about how nutrition can help prevent or manage certain conditions, such as diabetes, celiac disease, swallowing problems (dysphagia), heart conditions, cancer and more. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the potential of food for healing.


Dietitians are members of the health care team and work with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals to provide quality care, and they use food to promote healing. You can find dietitians working in many places, including:

  1. Hospitals

  2. Doctor’s offices

  3. Private practice offices

  4. Community health centres

  5. Public health offices

  6. Rehabilitation facilities

  7. Seniors’ residences

  8. Long-term care settings

  9. Cooking studios

  10. Grocery stores

  11. Diabetes education centers

Dietitians use foods to help you get the nutrients needed for the growth and repair of your body. Their advice helps prevent disease, treat conditions and keep your immune system healthy.


Lifestyle interventions from a dietitian, such as nutrition counselling, physical activity and behaviour modification, can help heal patients/ clients in many situations. Here are some examples:

  1. Working with a dietitian can help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels.

  2. Dietitians work with their clients on lifestyle changes that can improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels and help promote weight control.

  3. In the cancer care setting, advice from dietitians promotes healing, weight maintenance, and manages side effects of treatments to help patients feel their best.

  4. Dietitians can help people with celiac disease plan and navigate a gluten free diet, to promote gut healing and restore nutrient absorption.

  5. People with swallowing problems (dysphagia) can work with a dietitian as part of a health care team to find the right meal pattern, food texture, supplements and assistive devices to stay well-nourished.

Check it out: Fact sheet for more information on the potential to heal, a “Dietitian’s Pro Tip” and more links to healthy recipes!

Adapted from the Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month campaign materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at

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