Frequently Asked Questions
University Hospitals offers up-to-date nutrition information with the following questions and answers:
- What is a registered dietitian nutritionist?
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university or college
- Completed an accredited supervised practice program (i.e., dietetic internship)
- Passed a national registration examination
- Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
- What is medical nutrition therapy?
Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is the term used to manage medical conditions through nutritional intervention. Many medical conditions and illnesses can be managed, improved and even corrected by a specific diet.
- Who can benefit from medical nutrition therapy?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may benefit from medical nutrition therapy and may want to consider meeting for an initial assessment:
- Do you have trouble losing weight or maintaining your weight loss?
- Do you suffer from indigestion, heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or other digestive problems?
- Do you have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure?
- Do you need help choosing food wisely to manage allergies or intolerances?
- Would you like to improve your health and well-being through diet, nutrition and a healthier lifestyle?
- What will I receive during my initial assessment?
The initial medical nutrition therapy assessment lasts about 60 minutes and involves the following:
- A medical history review
- A personalized nutrition plan based on your health goals, activity needs, age, weight and food preferences
- Diet and weight history
- Educational materials and tools to help you pursue your goals
- Examination of current diet and lifestyle habits
- Goal setting
- Can I bring my family?
Yes. Family members, friends or any person in a supportive role are welcome to attend with you.
- Does my insurance cover medical nutrition therapy?
Many insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost for nutrition counseling. However, because plans vary greatly, it is recommended that you contact your insurance company regarding coverage for medical nutrition therapy. You must obtain a physician's referral prior to your visit; our staff can assist with obtaining the referral.
- How do I schedule an appointment?
Once you obtain a physician referral, it must be faxed to 216-844-7666. Following this, you can make an appointment by calling 216-844-1499. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday.
- How do I cancel an appointment?
You can cancel an appointment by calling 216-844-1499. Appointments must be cancelled 24 hours in advance.