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Dr. Joseph Ralph Tucci M.D.
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Nutrition
3.41 Average rating 3.41 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
Address: 50 Maude St, Providence, RI
Clinical Interests: diabetes, nutrition issues
Ms. Kimberly G. Wallander R.D.
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 450 Veterans Memorial Pwy, East Providence, RI 02914
Ms. Jo-Ann Bergeron Polsky MPH, BS, RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 593 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903
Ms. Tanya Kay Solberg MS, CDOE, RD, LDN
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 727 East Av, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Ms. Maureen Ann McDonagh RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 521 Park Av, Cranston, RI 02910
Ms. Robin Lynn Vales RD, LDN, CDE
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 593 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903
Ms. Randi Konikoff Beranbaum MS, RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 5 Wingate Rd, Providence, RI 02906
Mrs. Barbara Santurri MS, RD, CNSD, LDN
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 593 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903
Ms. Ann Marie Chalmers Sabula RD, LDN
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 610 Waterman Av, East Providence, RI 02914
Mrs. Rachel Anderson Roberts RD, LDN
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 1243 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
Mary Catherine Proietta R.D., L.D.N.
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 610 Waterman Av, East Providence, RI 02914
Mrs. Lois Frances Pierce RD, LDN
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 525 Taunton Av, East Providence, RI 02914
Mrs. Patricia J. Sloss MS, CDOE, RD, LDN
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 1395 Atwood Av, Johnston, RI 02919
Mrs. Debra Anne Vincent CVDOE, CDOE, RDN, MA
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 63 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston, RI 02920
Kali Needham Garges R.D.
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 450 Veterans Memorial Pwy, East Providence, RI 02914
Julia N. O'Brien RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 593 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903
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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.
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