Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is the legal definition of nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian (RD).
A typical MNT visit lasts about an hour and includes a medical history review, a diet and weight history, examination of current diet and lifestyle habits, goal setting and personalized nutrition plan based on your health goals, activity needs, age, size, and food preferences.  Educational materials and tools will be provided to help you in the pursuit of your goals.

Medical Nutrition Therapy can be helpful for a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • Heart Disease, hypertension, high cholesterol or triglycerides, congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational
  • General nutrition, disease prevention and wellness
  • GI Disorders: celiac disease, cirrhosis, Crohn’s disease, NASH
  • Immunocompromise: food allergy, HIV/AIDS
  • Nutrition Support via a feeding tube
  • Cancer
  • Lung Disease: COPD and weight loss
  • Chronic kidney disease (not on dialysis)
  • Weight Management: overweight/obesity, bariatric surgery, underweight, eating disorders
  • Women’s Health: pregnancy, osteoporosis, anemia

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?

  • 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.