Health and Community Services
April 26, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services.

811 HealthLine Now Includes Dietician Services

I rise today to remind residents throughout Newfoundland and Labrador that Dial-a-Dietitian is a new service now available through the provincial HealthLine.

Mr. Speaker, the purpose is to encourage people to make healthier, more informed food choices and to receive helpful information or tips on nutrition.

A referral from a health care provider is not needed. Call 811 to speak to a registered dietitian. They are available Monday to Friday. Questions can also be sent using the Dial-a-Dietitian link on the external link website.

Expansion of the provincial HealthLine to include registered dietitian services is an initiative under the Provincial Government’s Chronic Disease Action Plan. The plan contains a series of concrete initiatives focused on prevention, self-management, treatment and care. It addresses key priorities outlined in The Way Forward to increase awareness and engage individuals to take action for healthy living.

Our government recognizes that healthy eating is the cornerstone of good health. Healthy living actions and targets, including healthy eating, have been identified in The Way Forward. Proper nutrition at any age can be life-changing. As Hippocrates said, “let thy food be thy medicine.” Food can be the cause of, and remedy for, many health issues.

I encourage everyone to use this service and reach out if you need advice. It’s now just a phone call or email away.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2018 04 26                              1:50 p.m.