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Specializes in Nutrition, Counseling
6330 Newtown Road; Suite 300
Norfolk, VA
 

Ms. Kristine Rand works as a counselor and nutrition specialist. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Nutrition
705 Pleasant Way
Chesapeake, VA
 

Ms. Pamala Suter works as a nutrition specialist. Ms. Suter is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Nutrition
745 Battlefield Boulevard N
Chesapeake, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
average rating 4.75 stars (8 ratings)
638 Independence Parkway; Suite 150
Chesapeake, VA
 

Ms. Sybil Foster is a nutrition specialist in Chesapeake, VA. Patients gave Ms. Foster an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Specializes in Nutrition
800 Battlefield Boulevard N
Chesapeake, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
638 Independence Parkway; Suite 150
Chesapeake, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
6333 Center Drive; Building #16
Norfolk, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
535 Independence Parkway; Suite 400
Chesapeake, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
6333 Center Drive; Building 16
Norfolk, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
420 N Center Drive; Building 11 Suite 128
Norfolk, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
525 S Independence Boulevard; Suite 150
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
535 Independence Parkway
Chesapeake, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
745 Battlefield Boulevard N
Chesapeake, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
6320 N Center Drive; Building #15 Suite 140
Norfolk, VA
 

Specializes in Nutrition
260 Grayson Road
Virginia Beach, VA
 

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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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