Our Nutrition Counseling programs are designed for non-hospitalized patients and are staffed by registered dietitians who have expertise in adult, pediatric, prenatal and geriatric nutrition. We address a variety of nutrition-related conditions, including:
- Blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides)
- Kidney disease before dialysis
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Gluten intolerance (celiac disease)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
We also offer medical nutrition therapy by appointment only, with same-day openings available occasionally. Self-referrals are welcome.
What happens during the initial consultation? A typical appointment will include a complete nutritional and medical history, an assessment of nutritional status, and the provision of a realistic plan of action based on the readiness, level of understanding, motivation and needs of the client. This individualized plan will reflect information that is up to date, accurate and medically sound. Follow-up sessions are scheduled for 15-60 minutes. Follow-up sessions are used to reinforce nutrition goals, estimate current intake, create menu plans and provide additional nutrition information. Family members are welcome to attend the sessions.
What are the costs? What about insurance? Time spent depends on the complexity of the medical diagnosis and the information provided. Some insurance companies will cover nutrition counseling for some diagnoses. If this is a concern, be sure to contact your insurance provider before your appointment. If a UMHS patient does not have nutrition service benefit coverage, we will work with you to provide this service at a reduced fee.