How to choose the right Fitness and Nutrition Professional

by Bethany Vessey, Registered Dietitian on February 5, 2012 · 1 comment

Choosing the right Fitness professional

When looking for a fitness professional, look for a certified trainer. ALWAYS ask your trainer what certification they have! Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is considered one of the highest levels of certification in the industry next to someone who has obtained another form of certification with a Masters or PhD in Sport Science! These certifications acknowledge advanced academic and practical preparation in health, exercise science, physical activity, and fitness. If your trainer has their certification through another organization than CSEP or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and does not have a Masters or PhD in Sport Science, then you will want to make sure your trainer has at least 2 years experience in the industry and/or a previous or current athletic involvement! Many of the best trainers have been athletes themselves! Remember a trainer will only push you as hard as they have ever been pushed themselves!

Choosing the right Nutrition professional

When looking for a nutrition professional, ensure you seek advice from a Registered Dietitian. A Registered Dietitian is your most credible source of nutrition. A Registered Dietitian is a health care professional who has earned a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in food science from an accredited university. They have also completed an accredited, supervised and experience based practicum through a university program or an approved hospital or community setting. Registered Dietitians must pass a national exam and complete continuing education requirements to maintain their registration. A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert trained in translating complex medical and nutrition therapy into easy to understand and usable information such as helping you make healthier daily food choices as well as healthy meals plans. Dietitians must be registered with Provincial Regulatory Bodies and are accountable for their professional conduct and the care they provide. To know if a person is a Registered Dietitian on PEI, look for the initials “RD” after their name. Unfortunately, the terms “Nutritionist” or “Registered Nutritionist” is not protected in PEI which means anyone can call themselves a nutritionist and there are no standards for their quality of care. If you are ready to move forward in your health and wellness goals, then join the Synergy team and let us guide you to the best possible life you can live!!!

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