Nutrition Counseling

Providing information and support

Helping You Make Healthy Choices

Today’s major health care problems are increasingly the result of acute and chronic conditions related to poor nutrition. A large portion of heart disease and cancer can be attributed to unhealthy eating habits and obesity. Nutrition counseling can provide prevention of nutrition related conditions such as the need for weight management. Nutrition counseling can also be tailored to meet the treatment needs of patients with diagnoses of specific illnesses, can help reduce complications and/or side effects, and can improve general well being.

Nutrition counseling is an ongoing process in which a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN) works with an individual to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed. The nutrition counselor provides information, educational materials, support and follow-up care to help the individual make and maintain the needed dietary changes.

The process usually begins with an interview, which provides the basis for identifying behaviors that need to be changed. Sometimes a person already has a good idea of what dietary changes are needed, but may require help making the changes. Other times the counselor can help educate a person on the health effects of different dietary choices. The counselor and client work together to identify areas where change is needed, prioritize changes, and problem solve as to how to make the changes. Making dietary changes is a gradual process. Each individual’s situation and background must be carefully considered. Once the needed changes have been identified, it is important to identify potential barriers to change, set realistic goals, find support, and determine the follow up needed to maintain changes or set new goals.

For more information on Nutrition Counseling at ACMH, call 724-543-8597.

This is provided by an RD/RDN and reimbursed by most health care providers depending upon diagnosis. The application of MNT and lifestyle counseling as a part of the nutrition care process is an integral component of the medical treatment for managing specific disease states and conditions. MNT can be provided one-on-one or in a group type setting. A physician order is required to receive MNT services.

A one-on-one counseling service with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist designed to help you improve nutrition and lifestyle choices for better health. This program has an upfront nominal fee, and is not covered by insurances. A physician order is NOT required.
For questions or comments, please call 724-543-8597 or ask your physician if Nutrition Counseling could benefit you.