Nutritional Therapy and Counseling
We provide nutritional therapy and counseling to individuals who want to
improve their diet. An initial nutrition consult consists of a thorough
assessment of your eating patterns, medical history, and lifestyle. Once
the data is collected and organized, a registered dietitian will develop
an individualized plan of care specifically for you.
Before your consult, we ask that you prepare by keeping a journal of everything
you eat or drink for three days and a complete list of all current prescription
and over-the-counter medications you may be taking. Initial nutrition
consults typically last one hour.
At your nutrition follow-up, adjustments may be made depending on your
progress, challenges, changing goals, and ability to comply. Prior to
your follow-up consultation, we ask that you again keep a journal of everything
you eat or drink for three days. Nutrition follow-ups typically last 30-45 minutes.
Physician referrals are required to schedule an initial consultation. For
more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Baton Rouge General's
Health & Wellness Center at (225) 819-1175.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive
healthcare. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can
improve their health and quality of life by receiving Medical Nutrition
Therapy. Registered dietitians counsel clients on behavioral and lifestyle
changes required to improve long-term eating habits and health.
- A comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis
- A nutrition intervention using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines
- Evaluation of an individual’s progress over subsequent visits with
Dietitians provide MNT and other nutrition services for a variety of diseases
and conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, and congestive
- Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes
- GI disorders such as Celiac Disease, cirrhosis, and Crohn’s Disease
- Immunocompromised conditions (food allergies, HIV/AIDS)
- Nutritional support (oral, enteral, parenteral)
- Pediatric issues such as infant/child feeding, failure to thrive, inborn
errors of metabolism
- Pulmonary disease
- Renal disease (insufficiency, chronic failure, transplantation)
- Weight management, including obesity, bariatric surgery, and eating disorders
- Women’s health issues such as pregnancy, osteoporosis, and anemia
Some insurance companies cover MNT depending on diagnosis and individual
insurance plans. Private pay discounts are available for clients without
insurance or when insurance does not cover treatment.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Health
& Wellness Center at (225) 819-1175.