FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD) is the food and nutrition expert professionally qualified to translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDs separate nutrition fiction with facts vetted through science, educate how healthy eating improves and/or prevents chronic disease, and are able to develop personalized plans for individuals of all ages. Specifically, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist has met the following academic and professional requirements:
Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Completed an accredited, supervised practice program of at least 1200 hours at a health-care facility, community agency, or foodservice corporation.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Completes continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration.
With so many books and popular diets out there, why should I consider nutrition coaching?
The nutrition care process starts with an assessment and nutrition diagnosis, before creating an intervention plan. Would you take blood pressure medication without having the doctor measure your blood pressure? An antibiotic without knowing if you truly have an infection? Probably not, so why do the same with a diet program? Nutrition coaching from a Registered Dietitian provides you with a unique, individualized plan that works for your life - something many books, popular diets, and supplement programs fail to do.
What happens during my nutrition coaching appointments?
In your initial appointment, we’ll walk through your medical history, diet history, and current nutrition concerns. For one hour, we will meet in my office or talk via a HIPAA compliant video chat. We’ll set actionable and personalized goals – based on your health status, motivations, and food preferences – so that you will feel confident and ready to achieve your nutrition ambitions. We’ll discuss topics that are important to you, like how to read a food label, how to eat healthy when at a restaurant, and recipe ideas to prepare at home or on-the-go.
Following the initial consultation, your follow-up plans may include follow-up appointments, food log reviews, and email support that will help keep you accountable, track your progress, and set new goals. You’ll receive encouragement, healthy ideas, and answers to all your questions along the way.
I prefer the privacy of nutrition coaching in my home. Can you still help me?
Absolutely! You have the option to schedule in-person appointments at the BIA Nutrition office in Jersey City on a date and time that work best for your schedule. Alternatively, we offer Video consultations using a HIPAA compliant portal. It’s like having a personal dietitian in the comfort of your own home or office – no traffic, no bad weather to drive in, no changing out of your pajamas – all while still receiving the same high-quality personalized nutrition care.
How do I schedule my appointment?
You can schedule an appointment under services. Please note, due to the current pandemic, we are only scheduling telehealth visits via doxy.me
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, we not accept payment through private insurance coverage, Medicare, or Medicaid. We’re working on it though because we know it means a lot to you! Until then, we are able to provide you with a Superbill upon request that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement for out-of-network benefits. Please understand that a Superbill does not guarantee nutrition counseling reimbursement, so please check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to determine if nutrition counseling is covered in your plan. You may use this script to assist in your communications. We offer sliding scale pricing.
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