Nutrition, one of the six focus areas of the Lifespan Lifestyle Medicine Center, is a critical part of our health and survival. It can also be a complicated science when trying to understand its relationship to healthy eating. Our Lifestyle Medicine Center’s approach to nutrition counseling simplifies these complexities so that you can incorporate food that is good for you, and food that tastes good, onto your daily menu. Our registered dietitians, Katie Lester, MS, RD, LDN, CIC, Viviane Fornasaro-Donahue, MS, RD, LDN and Kara Cucinotta, MS, RDN, CNSC, LDN offer individual nutrition counseling and group programs to help fulfill your health and wellness needs.
What Is Nutrition Counseling?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, nutrition counseling is a supportive process to set priorities, establish goals, and create individualized action plans which acknowledge and foster responsibility for self-care. Nutrition counseling is one part of the equation to improve your health by maintaining balance, variety, and moderation with the foods you eat.
How Does Nutrition Counseling Work?
Nutrition counseling is a two-way interaction between a patient and their provider. Under the guidance of a trained dietitian, patients learn how to interpret the results of their nutritional assessment, identify what nutrients they may be lacking, and how to incorporate them into healthy, economical, and flavorful meals and snacks. Patients can gain an understanding of the impact that nutrition has on their health status and modify their behavior to focus on practical measures to reach nutritional goals.
Nutritional counseling helps people of all ages to change the way they eat through education and customized eating plans. Patients benefit from establishing and maintaining personal goals that lead to a healthier lifestyle overall.
What Health Concerns Does Nutrition Counseling Help?
Nutrition counseling helps you balance your needs if you have a disease, condition, or lifetime event including:
- Cancer survivorship
- Cardiovascular disease
- Food allergies
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Plant-based eating
- Weight concerns
Nutrition Counseling Near Me in Rhode Island
Nutrition Counseling is conveniently located in Providence, Rhode Island at the Lifestyle Medicine Center.