What is a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist (RDN)?
Registered dietitian nutritionists — RDNs — are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
Why should I see a dietitian?
Have you ever been diagnosed with a condition and told by your doctor that you need to “eat better?” A visit with a registered dietitian can help you navigate your nutrition and answer any questions that you might have about eating for your health. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness and are not sure if you are eating the right foods for your health, a dietitian can help you make the right choices.
What does it cost to see our dietitian?
Nutrition services are free to all Food For Life clients. All clients are able to see the Care Resource dietitian at no cost.
What will the dietitian and I talk about during a nutrition appointment?
The nutrition appointment is centered around you, the client, and will cover what you are interested in discussing with your dietitian. During an initial appointment, the dietitian will ask you about your medical history and your nutrition goals. The dietitian will then work with you on these goals. In this appointment, you will be able to ask the dietitian any questions that you have about food and nutrition. After the first session, the dietitian will schedule follow up appointments to check on your progress and see if changes are needed in your nutrition goals and treatment plan.
What will I need to bring to my first appointment with the dietitian?
At your first appointment with the dietitian, please bring with you:
Copy of your last doctor visit with list of conditions
Copy of your most recent labs
List of medications
Food journal (this is not required but helps the appointment)
How often should I see the dietitian?
You may only need to see the dietitian once to have your questions answered or you may choose to see the dietitian on a regular basis. How often you see the dietitian depends on your individual needs. You and the dietitian will develop a follow up schedule that works for you. Most clients see the dietitian every 1-3 months for the best results.
Do I need to be a client of Food For Life Network to see the dietitian?
No. Our dietitian is available to anyone with a referral from their primary care physician.
How can I make an appointment with the Dietitian?
Call 305-576-1234 Ext. 470 to schedule an appointment.
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