Nutrition Counseling provides patients, who have a referral from their physician, with a personalized plan concerning weight control, disease prevention, disease management for diabetes and overall better health. This type of counseling also helps to increase your knowledge of nutrition basics.
A registered and licensed dietitian will meet with you to discuss your individual needs. After assessing your nutrition and health status, the dietician will then develop and individualized nutrition plan for you and your lifestyle.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy involves a more in-depth assessment process, compared to Nutrition Counseling, including blood work. Practiced by Ohio's Registered Licensed Dietitians, the program is divided into three parts: nutrition screening, assessment and treatment.
During the Nutrition Screening, the dietician will identify risk factors for individuals of all ages, which may indicate a need for further assessment and treatment or education.
During the Nutritional Assessment, the dietician examines a person's nutritional status, including laboratory results of blood work, weight/height relationship, weight loss/gain, appetite, food intolerance and allergies, as well as other factors that can influence one's nutrition status. Methods to enhance nutritional intake will be recommended and educational needs identified.
During Nutritional Treatment, counseling and education are essential for nutritional lifestyle changes to occur. Treatment focus on applying this information through proper meal planning, label reading, recipe conversions and portion control is the ultimate goal.
Sometimes a person’s metabolic rate can affect his or her nutritional state. If your healthcare provider is concerned about your metabolic rate, he or she may recommend a MedGem Evaluation. This simple metabolic test helps calculate the total calories a person needs at rest. The non-invasive test requires four hours of fasting and breathing into a special tube. The test itself only takes 15 minutes and dietary recommendations will be made based on the results.
Programs, classes and events
Akron General is pleased to offer a variety of programs, classes and one-time events that focus on nutrition and wellness. For a complete list of nutritional programs, classes and events, visit Your Good Health Calendar.
Since nutrition plays such an important role in overall health, Food and Nutrition Services works collaboratively with several other departments at Akron General, including:
Akron General Medical Center offers a free Speakers Bureau, which includes physicians, nurses, dietitians and wellness professionals. Nutrition topics include weight control, nutritional guidelines and dietary tips for wellness. Contact our Speakers Bureau at 330-344-1442 if you’d like more information or to schedule a speaker for your group, business or organizational meeting.