You have questions. We have answers.
We want to help you find your optimum health through nutrition. If you have special health or dietary challenges, we can help identify them and create a nutrition plan for your success through our Medical Nutrition Therapy program. Take a look through these common questions and their answers. If your MNT question isn’t answered here, please get in touch with us at either our Virginia Beach or Norfolk studios.
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 1200 minimum hours of supervised practice to become well-versed in all areas of dietetics.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
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 initial consultation, your MNT Registered Dietitian will walk you through a health and nutrition questionnaire to gather information about your lifestyle and goals in coming to work with a dietitian. This takes approximately one hour. After the first session, you and your RDN will schedule follow-up appointments based on your needs to check on your progress and help coach you through goal setting 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. This may look like a meal plan, education, nutrition resources, setting small goals to work towards bigger ones, or all of the above. Whatever your individualized journey looks like, our team of dietitians are here to walk alongside you for knowledge and support.
What is included in my follow-up sessions?
Follow up sessions are used for accountability, to set goals, monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to your nutrition plan. Follow-ups are encouraged until your goals of working with a dietitian have been met. Our practice is built off the concept of taking a lifestyle approach in working together with our patients as a team so that you can utilize individualized nutrition advice to help improve your health and overall well-being.
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, completed new patient forms, current medications list and any lab work you may have had recently. 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.
When I first began this journey, I was so sick. My unhealthy habits had gotten so bad that I had horrible acid reflux. I was coughing and throwing up almost every day. I had gotten pneumonia from it and the acid started to burn my vocal cords. I even had two ulcers in my stomach. The eating was causing me stress and the stress was causing me to eat. It was a horrible, vicious cycle that I couldn’t control. Every time I tried to be healthier I would slip up and then give up. Coming to Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. They not only taught me how to eat properly, but to not be so critical of myself. This weight-loss journey was not only about losing weight, but about finding balance, and I’m excited to see what’s next.
I first came to JWFNS because I had gained more weight over the winter than I normally do. Initially, I just wanted to fit into my jeans and get ready for summer. After six weeks of being on the meal plan and having remarkable results, the RDs at JWFNS suggested I compete in a bikini competition. Under my RD’s guidance, I was ready for the stage at my first competition where I won First Place in Debut, First Place in Novice and First Place + Pro Card in Open. I have never looked or felt so healthy in my life! I absolutely love the way my body looks now and I have JWFNS to thank!
I came to my dietitian at the beginning of my weight-loss journey in February. I had told her that I was a repeat offender of diets and I had been scared by my last physical where my doctor said something had to change or I was going to have to take multiple medications for high cholesterol and diabetes. My dietitian really helped educate me on healthy foods. Each week she was a great motivator. I have lost a total of 64 pounds since February and she continues to be my advocate. I have enjoyed being a part of the JWFNS family and hope that I continue to celebrate my successes.
It’s been almost a year that I’ve been on the nutrition plan, and Jim tailors my plan around my goals. My first goal was to lose some weight. I was able to accomplish that and lower my body fat percentage significantly. My second goal was to run a marathon and get faster at running. I completed my first marathon in October of 2017. I have increased my half marathon Personal Record (PR) by over 5 minutes. I am getting faster all the time. I’m currently working on my third goal, which is to improve my physique, by adding more weights and gym time. My final goal is to compete in a Half Ironman (triathlon) in 2019. With Jim’s custom-tailored plan, in conjunction with my workouts, this is achievable! The nutrition plan is a lifestyle change and it’s something I can stick with.