Outpatient Nutrition Counseling

Those with a medical condition or disease have an extra obstacle but following an individualized diet is often part of successful treatment. This may require changing eating habits that have been learned over many years.

At North Kansas City Hospital, we recognize the need for long-term education and reinforcement for individuals to successfully take control of their health.

Who Benefits From Nutrition Counseling?

These health concerns and medical conditions can be addressed in individual nutrition counseling:

  • diabetes
  • weight management for adults and adolescents
  • cholesterol control
  • high blood pressure
  • heart health
  • childhood nutrition
  • Celiac disease
  • kidney disease
  • digestive disorders
  • allergies

Our Experts

Why is a registered dietitian (RD) the person to see for nutrition counseling?

  • four-year degree from accredited college or university in food and nutrition topics
  • clinical rotations, internship or post-graduate study
  • national registration exam
  • unique education to translate dietary prescription into food plan
  • licensed by the state of Missouri
  • provider status with Medicare
  • ability to put nutrition into practice to achieve overall wellness

Nutrition Counseling

A registered dietitian (RD):

  • helps clients understand and implement the diet prescribed by their physician.
  • works with the client to set goals for nutrition and lifestyle changes.
  • develops a healthy food plan with the client.
  • offers tips on meal planning, food preparation, grocery shopping, label reading and dining out.

Services We Offer

  • Initial comprehensive counseling session – 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Follow-up counseling sessions – 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Group classes – 60 minutes.
  • Individual sessions are billed in 15-minute increments.

Our registered dietitians recommend several sessions for individuals with newly diagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes and those desiring weight management.

Nutrition Counseling Referrals

Nutrition Counseling requires a physician’s order and diagnosis.

  • Referrals are made through the North Kansas City Hospital Scheduling Office at 816-691-5267. The scheduler will call the patient to schedule the appointment.
  • Diabetic patients are required to have a current fasting blood sugar.
  • Chronic renal failure patients need a current glomerular filtration rate (GFR).

Insurance Information

We urge individuals to verify insurance coverage prior to their appointment. Some insurance plans do not cover nutrition counseling while others cover multiple visits. Financial aid available.

New Medicare Coverage

Medicare Part B only covers nutrition counseling for diabetes, chronic renal disease (non-dialysis) and individuals with a recent kidney transplant. The benefit covers three hours of counseling the first year and two hours in subsequent years.

Dietary Tips

Eat complex carbohydrates, not simple carbs. Don't know what this difference is? Learn more about smart carbohydrate consumption.

One pound of fat is made up of roughly 3,500 extra calories. So in order to lose one pound of fat, you need to create a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories. Learn how to create a caloric deficit in your diet.

Follow some general guidelines for healthy eating and dieting and achieve balance in your diet to stay healthy and energetic.


Outpatient Nutrition Counseling is located on the third floor of the hospital. Please check in at the Cardiac Cath Lab (2nd Floor). View Map


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