How Does Working With a Dietitian Benefit You?

In today’s world, it's challenging to find foods that give you the energy you need and keep you healthy. Fast food and processed foods are everywhere—and cheap. Healthy foods can be more expensive and harder to find. 

Even worse, eating too many foods that are high in sugar, fat, and calories can increase your odds of developing serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and even cancer.

By looking at how you eat, dietitian services can help change your relationship with food so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive.

Conditions We Treat

Our dietitians treat everyone—whether you have a chronic disease or you're just training for a marathon. If you have a complex disease, your body needs certain nutrients to stay healthy.

Our registered dietitians provide coaching for people with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Food allergies
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Kidney/renal conditions
  • Eating disorders
  • Heart disease and heart conditions
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Neurological disorders like ALS & muscular dystrophy
  • Gastrointestinal concerns/problems like IBS, IBD, GERD, gastroparesis
  • Malnutrition

This also includes: 

  • pregnant women and
  • people who’ve recently had an organ transplant.

In additional we work with the following services as consultants:

  • Weight management
  • Nutrition support
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Cancer/Oncology nutrition
  • Sports nutrition

Reasons to See a Registered Dietitian

There are many reasons to see a registered dietitian. You may want to see a dietitian because:

  • you want to live a healthier lifestyle,
  • you want to lose weight,
  • you want to have more energy or you have unique fitness goals,
  • you want to prevent diabetes or manage prediabetes, or
  • because you have a health problem like IBS or kidney disease and you have special nutrition needs. 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, train for a marathon, or if you’re living with a disease and want to make sure you get the nutrition you need, a dietitian can help you meet your goals. 

What to Expect from a Dietitian Consultation

During your consultation, your registered dietitian will get a complete picture of the food you eat on a regular basis as well as your relationship with food. Your dietitian will also ask you if you have any food allergies or intolerances as well as what medications and supplements you take.

Your dietitian asks you these questions to help assess your needs. They will help you set goals to create healthy habits.

What Is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility, community 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.

What Is RD Approved?

Registered Dietitian Approved (RD Approved) is a healthy food and beverage initiative at the University of Utah. As a collaboration between Wellness & Integrative Health and Nutrition Care Services, the RD Approved mission is to make the healthy choice the easy choice campus-wide.

This means we're working on increasing the availability and affordability of healthy food and drink options, as well as education around healthy eating habits for our faculty, staff, and students.

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