Nutritional counseling

Nutritional counseling is the development of a healthy diet plan that fits a person's or family's needs. A registered dietitian provides nutritional counseling services.

A healthy diet plan will consider:

  • Height and weight. Growth trends over time give the most useful information.
  • Current medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or pregnancy.
  • Level of physical activity or exercise.
  • Appetite and food likes and dislikes.
  • Lifestyle, culture, and how foods are prepared and offered.
  • Locally available foods.

Last Updated: September 8, 2009

Author: Christine Wendt, R.D., L.D.

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Diabetes Educator

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