Clinical Nutrition

At Horizon Health Network our dietitians practice the science of medical nutrition therapy. Based on your nutritional status, medical condition, illness or injury, a dietitian will use this form of nutritional therapy to improve your treatment and aid in your recovery.

Medical nutrition therapy provided by a registered dietitian can help:

  • lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels to normal
  • lower body weight, which reduces the risk for many chronic diseases associated with obesity
  • improve blood glucose levels and control high blood pressure, reducing or eliminating medications for diabetes
  • control hypertension

 People seek advice from a registered dietitian for many reasons including:

  • concern with wellness and disease prevention issues such as learning to eat healthier to decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, or other chronic diseases
  • learning more about sports nutrition.
  • finding better ways to eat to fight obesity or the aging process

Medical reasons that you or your doctor may want you to make an appointment with a registered dietitian include, but are not limited to:

  • high blood cholesterol and heart disease
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • cancer
  • inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal (stomach/bowel disorders)
  • pregnancy
  • kidney disease
  • overweight/obesity

Canadian Cancer Society Information regarding prevention and treatment of cancer, research and support services for people fighting cancer

Canadian Celiac Association Valuable information on nutrition and celiac disease

Canadian Diabetes Association Valuable information and resources for educators and public regarding diabetes management

Canadian Healthcare Association Information about health policy development and links to courses available through CHA

Canadian Obesity Network Resources and news about obesity in Canada for health care professionals

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research Resources and updates regarding gastrointestinal diseases and disorders

Dairy Farmers Of Canada It is not just about milk and contains great nutrition information.

Dial-A-Dietitian Offering quality nutrition information and resources and program information

Dietitians of Canada This site offers you credible information from nutrition professionals

5-10 a Day for Better Health National campaign promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among Canadians

Health Canada Great website to get more information on health related issues

Health Canada – Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide Direct link to Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and related resources

Heart and Stroke Foundation Valuable information on heart healthy eating and lifestyle

The Kidney Foundation of Canada Education and support for those dealing with kidney disease

La Leche League Canada Valuable information and tips about breastfeeding

National Institutes of Health Information about the national medical research agency (American)

New Brunswick Department of Health Information about health care in nutrition

Osteoporosis Canada Tips for prevention and management of osteoporosis

Public Health Agency of Canada – Physical Activity Guide Direct link to Canadian Physical Activity Guides (for variety of ages)

How do I access a registered dietitian within Horizon?

Dietitian services can be accessed by referral from a health-care provider only. Self-referrals for dietitian services are accepted at Community Health Centres.

Is there a cost involved?

There is no cost to see a registered dietitian as it is covered by Medicare.

How long is the waiting list?

The waiting list to see a dietitian varies, you may wait as little as 2 weeks or as long as 6 months.

How long does an appointment take?

If you are referred to a registered dietitian for an education class, the length of your visit will vary between 30 minutes and 1 hour. It will depend on the information to be covered and how many questions you may have.

How do I make an appointment?

In most cases the dietitian you have been referred to will contact you to set up an appointment.

What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A dietitian is a health professional who has a Bachelor’s degree, specializing in foods and nutrition, as well as a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting.

Dietitians are members of a provincially regulated profession that has Public Protection as their mandate.

The term Nutritionist is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can all themselves a “Nutritionist”.

For further information, please see:

How do I find credible nutrition information online?

The following document contains information regarding this subject:—General/How-many-calories-and-nutrientsin-the-food-I-eat.aspx  

How do I recognize a fad diet?

Please read the following article for more information:

Summer Holidays

During your summer vacation you’ll most likely be enjoying a barbecue or two. Ensuring the safety of our food can be challenging this time of year because of the hot summer weather and we often cook outdoors during picnics, barbecues or on camping trips.

For tips on keeping your family safe this summer visit the Government of Canada’s Healthy Canadians website.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is often celebrated with gifts that might not be very healthy options, such as chocolate or candy. To make this special occasion a little healthier try one of these ideas instead:

  • send a Valentine’s day card
  • send a singing telegram
  • bake homemade healthy cookies
  • send a fruit basket or flowers
  • give gift certificates
  • send your loved one for a massage
  • write a love poem
  • make a CD of love songs
  • give a stuffed animal

In keeping with the colour of love here are a few healthy Valentine’s day treat ideas to share with the ones you love:

  • fresh strawberries (any red berry will do) and low fat whipped Cool Whip®
  • red Jell-O® with low fat Cool Whip®
  • red peppers in your salad (place them in a heart shape)
  • red jam on toast, crackers, etc.
  • red Fruit to Go®
  • red juices


If you’re really set on giving chocolate then opt for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate,also known as “bittersweet” or “semisweet” chocolate, contains a high percentage (70%) of cocoa solids, and little or no added sugar. Dark chocolate has a rich, intense flavour, and is found in candies and some kinds of chocolate chips used in baking.

The potential health benefits of dark chocolate include having high levels of antioxidants which are also found in a variety of foods including tea, red wine, and various fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants may help decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol oxidation. Dark chocolate can also reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow in arteries and it may lower high blood pressure.

The cocoa found in dark chocolate may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels because it consists mainly of stearic acid and oleic acid. Stearic acid is a saturated fat but unlike most saturated fatty acids, it does not raise blood cholesterol levels. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, does not raise cholesterol and may even reduce it. Dark chocolate may also improve mood and pleasure by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain and contains a number of beneficial minerals including calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Have a Healthy Happy Halloween

Trick or treating at Halloween traditionally involves giving and receiving candy, chocolate and various other treats. However, there are many healthy options that be can given out instead. For some great ideas please visit Healthy Halloween Treats.

Health Canada also provides information for having a safe and healthy Halloween:

Healthy Eating For the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, along with many other holidays, are all times when we tend to splurge on eating.

There are many ways to eat healthy over the holidays and to make better choices. For information about eating healthy during holidays, please visit the following:

Contact Us

Horizon locations offering this service:

Facility Name Address Phone
Woodbridge Centre (Fredericton) 180 Woodbridge Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 4R3
Oromocto Public Hospital 103 Winnebago St., Oromocto, New Brunswick, E2V 1C6 506-357-4700
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton) 700 Priestman St. , PO Box 9000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5N5 506-452-5400
Queens North Community Health Centre 1100 Pleasant Dr., Minto, New Brunswick, E4B 2V6 506-327-7800
Nackawic Health Centre 135 Otis Dr., Unit 201
(Upper Floor, Nackawic Shopping Centre), Nackawic, New Brunswick, E6G 1H1
McAdam Health Centre 15 Saunders Rd., PO Box 311, McAdam, New Brunswick, E6J 1K9 506-784-6300
Harvey Health Centre 2019, Rte. 3, Harvey Station, New Brunswick, E6K 3E9 506-366-6400
Fredericton South Side Health Centre 565 Priestman St., Suite 303, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5X8 506-474-4500
Fredericton Junction Health Centre 233 Sunbury Dr., Fredericton Junction, New Brunswick, E5L 1S1 506-368-6501
Chipman Health Centre 9 Civic Court, Chipman, New Brunswick, E4A 2H8 506-339-7650
Central Miramichi Community Health Centre 11 Prospect St., Doaktown, New Brunswick, E9C 1C3 506-365-6100
Boiestown Health Centre 6154 Rte. 8, Unit 2, Boiestown, New Brunswick, E6A 1M4 506-369-2700

Facility Name Address Phone
Miramichi Regional Hospital 500 Water St., Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1V 3G5 506-623-3000
Neguac Health Centre 38 Otho St., Neguac, New Brunswick, E9G 4H3 506-776-3876
Blackville Health Centre 2 Shaffer Lane, Blackville, New Brunswick, E9B 1P4 506-843-2910

Facility Name Address Phone
Sackville Memorial Hospital 8 Main St., Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 4A3 506-364-4100
The Moncton Hospital 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 6Z8 506-857-5111
Port Elgin and Region Health Centre 33 Moore Rd., PO Box 1557, Port Elgin, New Brunswick 506-538-2140
Hillsborough Satellite Office 2807 Main St., Hillsborough, New Brunswick, E4H 2X9 506-882-3100
Albert County Community Health Centre 8 Forestdale Rd., Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick, E4H 3Y7 506-882-3100

Facility Name Address Phone
St. Joseph's Hospital (Saint John) 130 Bayard Dr., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3L6 506-632-5555
Saint John Regional Hospital 400 University Ave., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4L2 506-648-6000
Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen) 4 Garden St., St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L 2L9 506-465-4444
Sussex Health Centre 75 Leonard Dr., Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 2P7 506-432-3100
St. Joseph’s Community Health Centre 116 Coburg St., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3K1 506-632-5537
Market Place Wellness Centre (Saint John) 120 Market Place, Located in Carleton Community Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2M 0E1 506-674-4335
Fundy Health Centre 34 Hospital St., PO Box 1298, Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, E5H 1K2 506-456-4200

Facility Name Address Phone
Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph (Perth-Andover) 10 Woodland Hill, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, E7H 5H5 506-273-7100
Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville) 11300 Route 130, Waterville, New Brunswick, E7P 0A4 506-375-5900
Tobique Valley Community Health Centre 120 Main St., Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, E7G 2E5 506-356-6600