Healthy Moment – What Can a Registered Dietitian Do For You?
A registered dietitian’s job is to help
people navigate the nutrition information
available. We are food and nutrition experts.
Dietitians are nutritionists, but in addition
to that we’ve met multiple layers of educational
requirements and on-the-job training as well as passed a national examination for registration.
This is great for the consumer because they can trust that every dietitian has up-to-date
information about healthy eating that is based on science.
Anyone who eats food can benefit from a dietitian’s services. Some people need help balancing
a healthy diet for long-lasting weight loss.
Others have been told they have a condition
like high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure, making it hard to know what to eat.
Some people with a food allergy, food sensitivity, or intolerance can use a dietitian to navigate
ingredients on food labels to get the nutrients they need while avoiding the ones that cause distress.
These are just some of the many ways a dietitian can help people get healthier.
No matter who it is, dietitians need to be ready to listen to a person’s needs and tailor recommendations
to each individual. In your initial visit
you can expect to do a lot of the talking,
as we want to help you create a plan that
works for you and your lifestyle.
Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan understands how important dietitians can be toward your
journey to better health. That’s why MCHCP medical plan members with a health condition
that requires appropriate diet and eating
habits as part of the overall treatment program,
can receive up to 6 nutrition counseling sessions with a registered dietitian covered at 100%
when ordered by an in-network health care provider and received through a network provider.
Registered dietitians hold the credentials
RD or RDN behind their name. You can find
a dietitian in your area by visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, eatright.org,
or most primary care providers can recommend a dietitian in the area.
I think the one thing our members should know about dietitians is that nutrition counseling
can help you improve overall health. I’d
highly encourage MCHCP members to talk to
their primary care providers to see if nutrition counseling is right for them. Dietitians are
passionate people ready to help you live a
healthier lifestyle. For more information
about healthy eating tips or nutrition counseling coverage through MCHCP, visit www.mchcp.org.