by: Kristen Hicks MS, RD, LD, PhD Student

Visiting with your doctor is essential to making sure that you are receiving the best care. Why? Your doctor is responsible for ordering labs, determining physical activity capabilities and diagnosing health conditions. According to Healthy People 2020 objectives, your doctor is recommended to increase the proportion of office visits that include nutrition counseling or education related to nutrition or weight. However, their opportunities are limited due to time, knowledge and billing restrictions preventing them from fully educating you on your health problems.  For these reasons, more recently collaborative healthcare system has been adopted among practices, worksites and hospitals. A recent study demonstrated that patients receiving counseling by a combination of doctors and registered dietitians resulted in significant reductions in BMI percentile compared to usual care or by doctors alone (Resnicow et al., Pediatrics, 2015). Doctors are a critical component to the team, however, they are utilized to diagnose your conditions and ensure your safety.

On the flip side of the coin, your registered dietitian at Family Food is there to learn about your diagnoses and abnormal lab values to provide the most individualized nutrition counseling session. Depending on your doctor’s diagnoses, we will tailor our nutrition recommendations to ensure that your health outcomes are improving such as hemoglobin A1C, cholesterol and weight status. Seven of the 10 leading causes of death can be partially attributed to lifestyle choices such as poor diet, physical inactivity, stress, alcohol intake and tobacco use. Recent statistics explain that approximately 20% of cancer diagnoses are related to individuals being overweight or obese. Increasing statistics are a serious health concern to you, yet with individualized nutrition counseling from Family Food dietitians, we aim to manage or treat your conditions by improving lifestyle habits. Research shows that Medical Nutrition Therapy provided long term (6-12 months) yielded significant weight loss and maintenance beyond one year (AND, 2016).

Collaboration among doctors and registered dietitians provides the landscape for making the best improvements to your diet and lifestyle for optimal health. It is recommended to see your primary care physician at minimum of one time per year for your annual physical. Remember, doctors are a critical component of the healthcare team they provide accurate diagnoses based on lab values, symptoms and physical signs. The other member of the healthcare team, Registered Dietitians, can then utilize this information to provide YOU with the most individualized nutrition counseling to manage and improve your conditions. Discuss with your insurance about your benefits for Medical Nutrition Therapy with a Registered Dietitian to get your health on track today.

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JEANETTE

I had a great 1st visit with the nutritionist. I went to get tips on changing by diet, but got much more. I was able to set a physical activity and nutrition goal. The nutritionist was knowledgeable and helpful.

I am so grateful for the stellar support and advice provided by Meghan, the dietitian I'm working with. She is both knowledgeable and kind, and it's a deeply productive journey. Thank you."

MICHELLE

Consulting with a Family Food nutritionist is turning out to be helpful in my effort to live healthy. The consultations are a way of having a sense of accountability and I get helpful feedback on my dietary decisions.

STAN

Great nutrition experts who inspire you! I am happy with the nutrition specialists at Family Food. They make me excited about nutrition, answer all my questions, and provide excellent recommendations! Thank you!!

AS

Very professional experience. I felt she listened to my needs and adjusted to personalize my nutrition needs.

L

My initial appointment was helpful - helped me consider new ways of addressing some problem areas for me and helped set attainable, concrete goals.

CHARLOTTE

Insightful and Informative. She was very attentive and helpful. She gave excellent tips on what to do and eat to meet my goal weight.

TRACEY-ANN

I feel confident about the changes we made to my goals and look forward to implementing them into my everyday routine. The health adviser was very helpful and didn't make me feel shameful for not meeting all my previous goals.

ERICA

I highly recommend Family Food. The nutritionist, Erika is helpful and provides great information and positive feedback.

KELSHA

I had an excellent experience with the representative from Family Food. She really read into what I was telling her and offered excellent advice that I am already able to implement after one visit. She also helped to make the best use of the hour long session. Very good time management!

AB

I met with a dietician for the first time and I had an idea of what to expect but I find this to be an invaluable resource because I have already received great ideas of things to use for meal planning and I also received more information of how to read nutrition labels. I am looking forward to my next appointment.

SHANA

I really enjoyed my first session with Christine. She provided me with a lot of solid information on issues I was not aware of and positive reinforcement for behaviors I have already engaged in. I outlined specific goals I would like to work on with her guidance and she gave me some initial steps to start. I found what she had to say respectful of the space I am in and cognizant of obstacles to making lifestyle and lifelong changes.

LYNN

I walked in without any specific questions/concerns, and my counseling was well-guided and ended up helping me see specific small changes that I can make to keep me on-track with my nutrition goals. Solutions fit my lifestyle and were not cookie-cutter, which is fantastic. I was able to start making improvements immediately. Thank you!

KAYLEY

I am finding the sessions helpful and a good way to talk through improving habits and making better food choices.

ANDREA

I am very happy this program exists. It has been very helpful and informative. My deitition is very nice and intelligent I am happy to have her help and support.

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