Nutrition & Wellness Services Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Registered Dietitian?
  • In the State of Alabama, it is illegal to use the term nutritionist or dietitian unless one has completed formal education and training.  Registered Dietitians (RDs) 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 (internship)
    • Passed a national registration examination
    • Continues professional educational requirements to maintain registration

  • What do all those letters after the dietitians name mean?
  • All dietitians are educated in a science-based curriculum at an accredited university and earn a Bachelor of Science degree — B.S. Many continue their education to earn a Master of Science —M.S. The R.D. signifies the national credential as a registered dietitian, granted by The American Dietetic Association when national boards are passed. The L.D. indicates “licensed dietitian”, and signifies the R.D. holds a state license to practice nutrition and dietetics, required by law in the State of Alabama.

  • Who can benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy? 
  • If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you can benefit from MNT:
    • Do you have trouble losing 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?
    • Are you thinking about having weight loss surgery?
    • Do you need help choosing food wisely in light of allergies or intolerances?
    • Are you confused about what diet is best for you?
    • Would you like to improve your health and well being through diet, nutrition, and a healthier lifestyle?
  • How do I make an appointment for Medical Nutrition Therapy?
    • Contact your physician and tell them you would like to be referred to see the CRMC registered dietitian and why you would like for a dietitian to see you.
    • Once the doctor makes the referral, you will be contacted by CRMC Resource Scheduling to set up an appointment time. 
    • On the day of your appointment, you will need to arrive approximately 30 minutes ahead of time and check in at Central Registration in Professional Office Building 1, near Subway. They will register you in the hospital system and collect your payment. Some insurance pays for visits with a registered dietitian for certain conditions such as diabetes. You will know before you arrive whether you will owe anything and how much it will be.
    • After you check, Central Registration will direct you to the dietitian’s office.
    • After you have had your initial appointment, you do not have to get another physician referral for any follow-up appointments. Simply call (256) 737-2139 to be scheduled.
  • Will my insurance pay for Medical Nutrition Therapy?
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy: Some insurance pays for visits with a registered dietitian for certain conditions such as diabetes. You will know before you arrive whether you will owe anything and how much it will be.