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34 Maple Street
Norwalk, CT
 

Ms. Nancy Held is a nutrition specialist. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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3 Westwood Road
Stamford, CT
 

Ms. Whitney Ahneman's specialty is nutrition. She takes Medicare insurance.

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130 Fillow Street; Unit 14
Norwalk, CT
 

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Specializes in Nutrition, Chiropractic
30 Myano Lane; Suite 26
Stamford, CT
 

Dr. Charles Whyte specializes in nutrition and chiropractic. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5.

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666 Glenbrook Road; Suite 2c
Stamford, CT
 

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83 East Avenue; Suite 307
Norwalk, CT
 

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1351 Washington Boulevard; Diabetes and Endocrine Center, 8th Floor
Stamford, CT
 

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122 Palmers Hill Road
Stamford, CT
 

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83 East Avenue; Suite 307
Norwalk, CT
 

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148 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT
 

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6 Midbrook Lane
Old Greenwich, CT
 

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34 Maple Street
Norwalk, CT
 

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9 Berkeley Street
Norwalk, CT
 

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761 Main Avenue; Suite 112
Norwalk, CT
 

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30 Shelburne Road
Stamford, CT
 

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19 Silk Street
Norwalk, CT
 

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What is Nutrition Counseling?

Food is one of the most basic resources our bodies use for growth and energy, tied intricately to our well-being. Not only can what we eat affect our health, but certain conditions can affect how well our bodies process food. Nutrition is the study of this complex interaction, and when patients seek the advice of an expert to help them manage food in their life, it is called nutrition counseling.

At the most basic level, nutrition counseling can be simply a talk with a family physician. Doctors receive training in nutrition as part of their education, and they are generally qualified to make recommendations about diet for their patients. Some doctors take a professional interest in nutrition and become experts by taking extra classes or studying nutrition in their practice. In general, however, complex nutrition guidance will be referred to a nutrition specialist, generally a dietitian.

Registered dietitians are nutrition experts that have passed specific higher education, accreditation, and internship requirements. They may work in hospitals, nursing facilities, or private practices to provide nutrition therapy and advise patients about their health and diet. Like dietitians, nutritionists also work to counsel patients about food and health. Some nutritionists have degrees in nutrition or food science, but the title ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by law. In the United States, anyone is allowed to call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of their education level.

Nutrition counseling can be useful for anyone who is looking to get to a healthy weight, manage a chronic illness through diet, or simply lead a healthier lifestyle. Some examples of issues that benefit from nutrition counseling include:
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Food allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Participation in competitive sports

During a nutrition counseling appointment, the provider -- doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian -- typically will look over your medical history and talk to you about your current diet, your goals, what kinds of food you like, and any problems that you are currently struggling with in your health or diet. Then the specialist will help you set food goals and create a customized plan to help you meet your nutritional needs. Nutrition specialists may also offer classes, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more. Their role is not to lecture you about what you should be eating, but to offer education and resources to make eating healthy foods easier.