Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have a serious health condition?
RDN’s work with patients with serious health complications. However, practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any patient with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. RDN’s will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in your care to explain any nutritional therapy program that has been provided.
What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
Registered dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition at a US regionally accredited university or college
- Completed a 12 month long ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
Medical Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Medical Nutrition Therapy is recognized as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and well-being. Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
How does nutrition affect my health?
Nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. Under certain circumstances and in some individuals, diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases. Dietary intervention based on knowledge of nutritional requirement, nutritional status, and genotype (i.e., “personalized nutrition”) can be used to prevent, mitigate or cure chronic disease.
What should I expect from my Medical Nutrition Therapy Appointments?
During the first consultation, your MNT Registered Dietitian will walk you through a health and nutrition questionnaire. Together you will set nutrition goals to improve your health. It will take approximately one hour. After the first session, the RDN will schedule follow-up appointments to check on your progress as ongoing changes are needed in your nutrition goals and treatment plan. The practitioner evaluates individual needs and uses the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalized, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle program.
What is included in my follow-up sessions?
Follow up sessions are used to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments, as well as educate patients. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each individual situation.
Do I have a co-pay?
Co-pays vary between insurance companies and individual policies. We will be more than happy to gather your insurance information and call to verify all the specifics of what (if any) you may be responsible for to be seen at JWF Nutrition for nutritional counseling.
How many visits do I get with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
The number of visits will vary between insurance companies and individual policies. We will be more than happy to gather your insurance information and call to verify all the specifics of what (if any) you may be responsible for to be seen at JWF Nutrition for nutritional counseling.
Do I need a physician's referral to be seen by a Registered Dietitian?
For most cases, no. Nutrition services are listed as preventive services and most likely will not need a physician’s referral. However, this will also be determined by the insurance company and individual policies.
What if I have an insurance that you do not currently accept? Do I receive a discount if I still want to see a Registered Dietitian?
Yes, we provide discounted services from on our current nutrition packages for the following insurance plans:
- United Healthcare
- American Specialty Health
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please be sure to bring your insurance card, government issued photo ID, and completed new patient forms. If you have not filled out the appropriate forms online prior to coming in, please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled appointment.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please do so 24-hours in advance in order to avoid a $40 late cancel fee.
What if I have a family member or friend interested in seeing a Registered Dietitian?
We are currently accepting new patients with the following insurance companies: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of VA, Optima, Aetna and Cigna. Please have your friend or family member contact us directly for further verification.