What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
The foods we consume on a daily basis can significantly affect our mood, behavior and emotional health. Medical nutrition therapy can help manage chronic conditions that affect mental health and overall well-being. Our registered dietitians specialize in behavior modification to help children, adolescents and adults create successful strategies that are tailored to meet nutritional needs. The initial therapy session includes a complete assessment of nutritional status, taking into consideration abnormal lab values, drug-nutrient interactions, nutrient deficiencies, pertinent medial information along with a history of dietary habits. Medical nutrition therapy follow-ups provide motivation, accountability, behavior management, and personalized meal planning that addresses chronic conditions and diseases.
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The Benefits of Working with a Dietitian
Promotes Optimal Nutrition:
- Learn the impact adequate protein, carbohydrates and fat have on mood and behavior.
- Receive delicious meal and snack ideas.
- Learn how to plan healthy meals on a tight budget.
- Receive quality resources for food support.
- Obtain individualized grocery store shopping lists and healthy menu options at restaurants.
- Identify healthy food choices through nutrition labeling education.
- Plan realistic nutrition and physical activity strategies for long term success.
- Achieve a healthy weight.
- Improve emotional and behavioral functioning.
- Correct imbalances or deficiencies that have occurred as a result of past/current eating patterns: weight, nutrient, electrolyte, and hormones
- Identify allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.
- Improve cognitive functioning for more focus and attention.
- Enhance medication effects and absorption.
- Identify drug-nutrient deficiencies.
- Reduce substance use or relapse.
- Improve signals for Intuitive Eating: Establish regular patterns of eating while eliminating all aspects of restrained or compulsive eating,; discuss the effects of skipping meals on mental health and chronic diseases; develop skills for dealing with difficulties that trigger excessive snacking, cravings, and or binges; develop strategies to help overcome picky eating, problem feeding, and or low appetite.
Reduce the impact of mental health, chronic conditions, and or diseases such as:
- Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and PDD
- Weight Management (Gain/Loss)
- High blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disorders: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Crohn’s or Colitis, Arthritis, and Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD – Acid Reflux).
- Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances
- Eating Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Pre and Post-Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Blood Pressure
- Prenatal and Post-Pregnancy/Breastfeeding
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Sports Nutrition
Hours and Availability
We offer services Monday through Friday as well as evening hours Monday through Thursday. Please note that not all clinic locations offer evening hours. Please check with your specific clinic. Emergencies can be seen the same day. Normally, a first appointment will be scheduled within one week.
We accept all insurances. A reduced rate for uninsured private pay patients.
For more information on our programs and scheduling, please contact our coordinators.
Forms for this program can be found on our Patient Forms page by clicking here.