Why is nutrition important? The food you eat has a significant impact on your body and mind. Having good nutrition can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote overall health. Unfortunately, with nutrition information coming from every direction, it often seems like a food is good for you one day but reported as unhealthy the next. It’s easy to get confused about what is nutritious and what is not.
What is a registered dietitian nutritionist? A registered dietitian nutritionist or RDN is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
- Earned a bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Completed an accredited supervised practice program at a health care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis.
A RDN has the expertise, training and credentials to provide you with the necessary information to promote positive lifestyle choices. After learning about your health history, favorite foods, eating, and exercise habits, a RDN will help you set small goals to get you to your long term goal of overall health. A RDN translates evidence-based nutrition science into practical solutions for healthy living. They can help you sort through nutrition misinformation and provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice. RDN will uniquely combined behavior and habit changes to your life, which will help you make personalized and positive lifestyle changes. A RDN can also help specifically with the management of chronic diseases through medical nutrition therapy. They can review your lab results, help you understand your condition and provide education about the nutrients that affect it. Creating nutritional changes takes patience, practice, and trustworthy professional guidance. A RDN can be that support to allow you to set goals to achieve your desired results.
The following are nutritional services provided by Restoring Wellness Clinical Services:
Initial Counseling (60 minutes) -$75: During your first session a full assessment of your health and medical history, current eating habits/preferences, overall lifestyle and personal goals will be reviewed to identify your nutrition needs. Michelle will ask you to fill out a few forms prior to your appointment. This will allow her to efficiently pinpoint the nutritional areas that may need improvement.You will work together to find an individual and realistic approach to nutrition that fits within your lifestyle, schedule, and goals. Michelle is looking forward to helping you become your best and happiest self.
Follow Up Counseling (45 minutes) – $50: Why follow up? Follow up appointments not only help to keep you accountable, but provide you with the necessary support to continue to meet your nutrition objectives. During your follow up appointments Michelle will check up on your goals, address any issues or concerns, and troubleshot how you can best make your healthy lifestyle changes sustainable.
Grocery Store Tour (60 minutes) -$100: Become a better grocery shopper by discovering what is healthy at the store. Allow Michelle to take the stress away by meeting you at a grocery store of your choice in the Burr Ridge area. Aisle by aisle, she will provide grocery shopping and meal planning tips to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Learn how to make better food choices, read nutrition labels, pick out healthy on-the-go options, and discover new health products, all while Michelle answers your food and nutrition questions. You may bring one additional family member or friend at no extra cost.
Payment is collected at the time of service. A billing sheet will be provided after each session that may be submitted to your insurance company for possible reimbursement by yourself, as Michelle is not a provider for insurance companies. Cash, credit card, check are accepted.
If you fail to cancel a scheduled appointment within 24-hour notice this time cannot be used for another client. Unless the reason for the cancellation is an emergency, you will be billed $50 to cover the cost of your missed appointment.