What is a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians (RD) are considered the experts in Nutrition.  The RD credential indicates that a practitioner has completed an undergraduate degree in the dietetic program, 900 hours of supervised nutrition practice, has passed a standardized national examination, and must complete 75+ hours of continuing education every five years. They can work in a variety of settings, but the majority of healthcare facilities are required to employ a RD to assess and treat the nutritional status of their patients. The use evidenced based practice and have extensive experience and knowledge in medical nutrition therapy.


Is a consultation to a Registered Dietitian something my insurance may cover? 

Yes.  Medicare will cover 3 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy the first year and 2 hours each year thereafter for the patients diagnosed with Diabetes or Kidney Disease when referred by a physician.  Other insurance companies may cover a larger variety of diagnosis such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, malnutrition, seizure disorder, severe allergies, gastrointestinal diseases, and many others that may be directly related to nutrition.  Please contact Nutrition to Grow to discuss further.


Can I still get help if I do not have a medical diagnosis?

Absolutely!  Anyone interested in nutrition counselling that is not covered by insurance may utilize one of our self-pay packages.  Whether your toddler is extremely picky and you are worried that he may not be getting the proper nutrition or you are training for an athletic event and need some nutrition guidance, Give us a call and we can design a package to meet your needs.


What can I expect from a nutrition counselling session?

We will assess your current lifestyle, provide education, guidance, and encouragement while helping you achieve your personal goals.  We believe that everyone needs an individual nutritional plan that best fits their lifestyle.  A meal plan will be designed to meet your specific lifestyle needs with one on one counselling to really assure satisfaction and understanding.  There are group counselling options if desired as well.  Family sessions are also available and are the most successful at times.