Dear Doctor: May I offer you some suggestions for your New Years Resolutions?
Please know that RDNs want to be your partner in the care of your patients. We provide so much more than nutrition counseling. We fight food and nutrition fads and teach important cooking skills. We are experts in many food, nutrition, health and exercise specialty areas, and we value fitness, lifestyle change and the power of food.
#1 I will refer all of my patients to a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.RDNs are the highly trained, science based nutrition experts who can provide the most cost effective services to help your patients achieve positive outcomes.
#2 I won’t provide generic handouts to my patients.RDN services are personalized to each patient. Generic handouts may only serve to keep the patient confused or just make they want to give up because the details seem too confusing or overwhelming to implement. With all of the multiple health problems that most patients have, the RDN is the perfect person to blend all nutritional needs into one eating plan. RDNs know that small changes, tailored to each patient’s goals leads to a lifetime of healthy changes.
#3 I won’t assume that your patients cannot afford to see the RDN.Did you know that most insurance plans to cover dietitian services for medical nutrition therapy? Many patients want personalized nutrition counseling services are willing to pay out of pocket. Most initial sessions with an RDN are no more expensive than the cost of a spa treatment or hair appointment.
#4 I won’t send patients to the Internet for nutrition and diet advice or discourage patient requests for further nutrition counseling. You can easily send them to www.eatright.orgwwhere they can search on a list of RDNs with the specific expertise they are looking for, in the zip code nearest them. Even better, make a list of RDN referral sources. You can also find licensed dietitians through your state board of licensure for health professionals. Or just google……Registered Dietitians. I found 5.5 million results.
#5 I won’t recommend the latest fad diet to my patients. Fad diets are rarely healthy, restrict major food groups and do not promote a lifetime of healthful eating. The RDN is ready and able to dispel all nutrition fads and provide the science based reasoning behind healthy lifestyle choices.