Outpatient Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling at University Hospitals Helps Improve a Patient’s Health and Well-Being

University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, offers outpatient medical nutrition therapy (MNT) that can improve a patient’s health. Provided by our highly trained registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), nutrition counseling has been shown to help patients make changes in dietary and lifestyle habits and result in an improvement in overall health and well-being.

Our skilled registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) offer outpatient nutrition counseling that includes individualized nutrition assessment, nutrition diagnosis and intervention. After the initial assessment, the registered dietitian nutritionist monitors and evaluates the patient’s progress on the targeted nutrition plan. Nutrition education for disease prevention and nutrition counseling for chronic conditions are provided over a series of visits. This nutrition counseling is an essential component of a comprehensive health care program.

Individualized Nutrition Counseling

The personalized outpatient services our dietitians provide include:

  • Counseling and education on appropriate diets and nutritional needs
  • Information on food-medication interactions
  • Information on herbal supplements, vitamins, minerals and nutrition-related complementary therapies
  • Nutrition care to help maintain growth and development in pediatric patients
  • Weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain strategies

Paying for Nutrition Counseling

Medicare covers outpatient medical nutrition therapy provided by RDNs for those with diabetes, chronic renal insufficiency/end-stage renal disease (non-dialysis renal disease) or post kidney transplant. Many private insurance companies also cover medical nutrition therapy for a variety of health conditions and diseases. Because plans vary greatly, it is recommended that patients contact their insurance company regarding coverage for medical nutrition therapy (MNT). Patients must obtain a physician's referral prior to their visit; our staff can assist with obtaining the referral.

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