Through comprehensive nutrition counseling, our registered dietitian at the Good Health Center can help you achieve your health and wellness goals. What you eat makes a major impact on your health and wellness, energy level and ability to fight against disease. Some of the more common medical conditions where nutrition plays an important role in therapy or prevention include: cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney failure, gastrointestinal disorders, and obesity.
Getting Good, Feeling Good
More than ever, Americans are facing serious nutrition-related health problems. Currently, 64 percent of the population is overweight, and more than 16 million have been diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that you can prevent or manage these types of conditions by changing the way you eat. Our dietitian can teach you food affects your body and show you how to make better food choices to improve your health.
A proper diet will help you feel good, maintain an appropriate weight, and prevent, delay or help control certain diseases. If you have a chronic medical condition, good nutrition plays a vital role in your disease management, and nutrition counseling would be a good first step to achieving optimal health. At the Good Health Center, we can help you achieve your goals toward better health. By choosing our nutrition services, you will gain a greater understanding of your condition, and how your relationship to food and nutrition practices affect your current health status.
Before Your Visit
To schedule an appointment for nutrition counseling you will need a referral from your physician. The referral must specify a specific diagnosis, such as diabetes, with nutritional implications and the number of visits required. However, when listing cancer or GI disorders as a diagnosis, the physician must specify which type. If you are part of an HMO you also will need an authorization number before registration can be completed.
Prior to your appointment we recommend that you keep a food diary for one to three days. Also, bring a list of your current medications and vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements so we can fully assess your nutritional status.
Your First Visit
Your nutrition consultation is personal and confidential. The initial visit is typically one hour. The nutritionist will:
- Discuss your eating habits, medical history, and specific dietary requirements.
- Provide in-depth assessment of your current nutritional status.
- Work with you to establish a meal plan, provide educational pamphlets, and set realistic goals.
Costs for Nutrition Counseling
To learn what your coverage is before schedule your first appointment, contact your individual insurance provider. You will also need an insurance referral or prescription for nutrition therapy from your doctor. You may also choose to pay for counseling out of pocket. To find out more, call the Good Health Center at 443-444-GOOD (4663). If your insurance does not cover nutrition counseling, we offer free nutrition classes two times a month on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Good Health Center. For more details, call 443-444-4912.
The road to better nutrition does not end there. We strongly suggest follow-up visits so the nutritionist can monitor your progress, answer your questions, and provide you with additional information. Most important, you and the nutritionist can target any difficult areas and work together to set new goals.
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