Nutrition Counseling

woman eating salad, nutrition counselingProper nutrition is one of the keys to good health. As your nutrition experts, we offer medical nutrition therapy to help patients manage their medical conditions as well as develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Clara Maass Medical Center's Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) provide expert nutrition counseling on an outpatient basis. Using an evidence-based approach, RDNs conduct private or group sessions to develop a personalized nutrition plan designed to meet a patient's unique needs. Whether it's learning how to live healthy with diabetes, optimizing prenatal care, or lowering cholesterol, our highly skilled RDNs have your best interest in mind.

We work closely with patients to identify their nutrition problems, assess their nutritional needs, provide education, develop structured meal plans, advise on portion sizes, appropriate vitamins and mineral intake, protein supplements and consumption, and address other individual needs.

Staff

Registered Dietition Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts with extensive training and experience in the field of Nutritional Sciences. RDNs can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.

Services

Nutrition counseling is offered to adults and children for various medical conditions, and includes weight loss, maintaining and healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and more.

Our areas of specialty include:

  • Weight Managementwoman eating an apple, nutritional counseling
  • Obesity/Overweight
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Congestive Heart Failure/Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Kidney and Liver Disorders
  • Bariatrics/Weight Loss Surgery
  • Pregnancy

Your Consultation

During your visit with an RDN, we will review:

  • Your medical and surgical history, including any lab test results
  • Current medical problems
  • Eating and exercise habits and patterns
  • A list of current medications and nutritional supplements, including herbal supplements
  • Food preferences, allergies and aversions

We work with our patients to identify realistic, achievable goals and develop personalized nutrition plans to help them lead healthier lifestyles. We are committed to guiding patients to make the best decisions for their health.

Appointments

Day and evening appointments are available to accommodate your personal schedule.

To schedule an appointment, please call a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at 973.450.2268.

All patients are required to register through the Patient Access Services prior to their appointment.

Prescriptions and/or referrals are required.

Authorizations may also be required depending on your insurance plan.

RDNs are required to meet the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university of college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many RDNs also hold an advanced level Master's or Ph.D.
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length and includes 1200+ hours of practice in the field.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements (at least 75 per cycle) to maintain registration.