why a Registered dietitian?



People are surrounded by confusing nutritional claims, "facts" and diets on the internet, in media and from friends and family.  Registered Dietitians help you navigate this confusing field by delivering the facts and busting the myths!

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Below are answers to FAQs

What education is required to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDNs)?

  •  Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) must complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a specific curriculum. A select number of graduates are then accepted into a dietetic internship, similar to a residency for a doctor. Once completed, the individual must pass a national exam and then complete a certain number of continuing education credits to keep the license.  Many RDNs have advanced degrees (MS, MPH, PhD) and are board certified in specific areas of health (Weight Management, Diabetes, Sports, Renal).

Do RDNs only help people lose weight or tell them what to eat?

  • Absolutely not! Every RDN has his/her own area of interest or expertise. Some specialize in weight loss and meal plans while others may specialize in healthy cooking, sports nutrition, or even hospital inpatient clinical nutrition.  Choose your RDN based on your needs and goals.

Do all RDNs accept insurance for nutrition services?

  • Unfortunately, no. I personally do accept insurance. Each RDN can decide whether accepting insurance payments is right for his/her practice.  You can find RDNs on your insurance website, under a provider search.  Keep in mind, you must always check with your insurance to see if nutrition counseling is covered under your plan.

What insurances do you accept?

  • See my Counseling page for a complete list

What can I expect during a nutrition counseling visit?

  • Before the visit I will send you all necessary intake paperwork to get the process started.  Our first visit is typically 1.5 hours, we will review your paperwork, wellness goals and typical weekly food intake.  Based on all of that information I will make recommendations where I see areas of improvement, then we will agree on goals to get started.

Where will our visit take place?

  • I am flexible as to where we meet. There are several options within Philadelphia (wework office spaces) that offer privacy. I'm also open to in-home visits on a case-by-case basis. Virtual counseling (over the internet) is also a private, secure option; however, not all insurances cover this service.

Still have questions? Please email me and I will be happy to help! veronica@cookmehealthy.com