Do you need someone to help you navigate the food information maze? Do you need to know how to successfully nourish your body? Medical Nutrition Therapy can help you!
Nutrition Therapy is delivered by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who provides patients with knowledge about their personal nutritional needs, interprets food information, and helps develop behavioral skills that enable individuals to achieve their nutritional goals.
First of all, like other healthcare providers, you will meet with the receptionist in order to provide your personal and health insurance information. Then, you meet with the R.D., usually for a one hour private session. The dietitian will complete a full assessment that includes dietary habits, food preferences, anthropometrics – a fancy name for body measurements, and family history. Once the dietitian has assessed your personal metabolic needs, you will then work collaboratively with the R.D. to establish personal nutrition goals. In this way, the dietitian will work with you as a ‘life coach’ to guide you along the oftentimes confusing maze of food information and misinformation out there in the media. The information you need to know will be delivered to you. You will be a participant in goal setting, monitoring, and then co-evaluating your progress. Your R.D. will be there with the tools to help you achieve your nutrition goals. The number of sessions you meet with your R.D. will be determined by your need.
Most Nutrition Therapy services are not covered by insurance, so you will need to check with your insurance provider to determine what level of coverage is offered. There will be opportunity for pay-per-visit sessions.