Outpatient Nutrition Counseling

Healthy eating plays a big part in maintaining good health. Along with exercise, it helps you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other serious health conditions.

Yet, it's not always easy to follow a healthy diet. It often requires changing lifelong eating habits staying healthy. A medical condition or illness can make following a healthy diet challenging.

Our outpatient nutrition counseling services can help you take control of your health.

Who Benefits From Nutrition Counseling?

Individual nutrition counseling addresses:

  • Allergies
  • Celiac disease
  • Childhood nutrition
  • Cholesterol management
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart health
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Weight management for adults and adolescents

Services We Offer

Our registered dietitians:

  • Help their patients to set goals for nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Work with their patients to develop a healthy food plan
  • Teach proper nutrition, portion control and other health topics related to food
  • Offer tips on meal planning, food preparation, grocery shopping, label reading and dining out
  • Help their patients understand the follow the diet prescribed by their doctor
  • Use education, encouragement and support to give their clients the confidence they need to successfully manage their weight and other conditions

Sessions

  • Initial comprehensive counseling session (60-90 minutes)
  • Follow-up counseling sessions (15-30 minutes)
  • Group classes (60 minutes)

People with newly diagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes or who set weight management as a goal typically attended several counseling sessions.

Nutrition Counseling Referrals

Nutrition Counseling requires a physician’s diagnosis and referral.

  • Doctors may make referrals through North Kansas City Hospital's Scheduling Office at 816-691-5267. The scheduler calls the patient to schedule the appointment.
  • People with diabetes must have a current fasting blood sugar.
  • Patients with chronic renal failure patients need a current glomerular filtration rate (GFR).

Insurance Information

Some insurance plans do not cover nutrition counseling while others cover multiple visits. Verify your insurance coverage before your first appointment. We do offer financial assistance to people who qualify.

Medicare Coverage

Medicare Part B only covers nutrition counseling for people with diabetes or kidney disease or who have had a kidney transplant within the past three years. People with Part B need a doctor's referral for services.

Location

Outpatient Nutrition Counseling is on the 3rd Floor, Pavilion. Please check in at the main desk. 

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