What is a dietitian and how can they help you?


1 minutes

14 April 2022

A dietitian can give you expert advice on healthy food choices and the relationship between your body, your diet and your health.

HBF dietitian Kate Kenny explains a few things you should know about how a dietitian can help support your health and wellbeing:

  • “Dietitians have a minimum four to five years of university study and are required to keep up to date within their area of practice.”
  • “Dietitians will often specialise in particular areas, so do some research to find the most appropriate support for you. You probably don't want a paediatric dietitian if you're looking to improve your sports performance, for example.”
  • “Seeing a dietitian may be helpful if you have a chronic condition or are considered at high risk. Chronic conditions may include diabetes, heart disease or a digestive disorder.”

Looking for healthy eating advice?

  • HBF diet and nutrition cover can pay benefits towards visits with a dietitian or nutritionist, who can give you expert advice on healthy food choices to optimise your health and wellbeing.

If you’re an HBF member, you can check what you're covered for by logging on to myHBF or calling us on 133 423.

Diet and nutrition cover with HBF

With benefits for dietitian and nutritionist visits, HBF extras cover can help you feel your best.

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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.