In order to maximize the learning opportunity at the first appointment, a pre-assessment package is sent to all clients for completion and submission prior to the initial appointment. Medical/family history, food consumption patterns, lifestyle factors and a computerized dietary analysis of a 3 day food record are reviewed even before the client steps into the office. Since these factors are critical for appropriate and thorough evaluation and treatment planning, the first consultation can evolve into an educational experience instead of an information gathering session, thereby maximizing the cost effectiveness of the initial appointment for the client.
Depending upon the medical condition or reason for the nutritional consultation, the client may be asked to keep food diaries or food/symptom diaries. These are very effective tools in assessing the client’s progress with the recommendations offered at the initial consultation, and help to identify areas of dietary concerns. With some of the complex nutritional consultations, the food/symptom records assist in evaluating the effect of food intake and physical symptoms or behaviors e.g. for: blood sugar levels, fatigue or energy levels, bowel function, abdominal pain, excess flatulence, muscle/joint aches/pains, headaches and mood to name a few.
Services include lectures, health fairs, individual consultations and producing nutrition newsletters. Corporate health fairs can offer the opportunity for employees to have various health screening clinics such as: bone density, cholesterol, diabetes or blood pressure, all of which can offer tremendous benefit to employees with the inclusion of a nutrition component. Even the BIA body fat testing can be a simple, fast, and effective screening for abnormal BMIs and body fat percentages. The nutrition information offered at these fairs can result in preventative measures for some, or actual therapeutic benefit to others, depending upon the results of the screening. Corporate wellness has proven to be a very important factor in employee productivity, absenteeism and job satisfaction. with nutrition taking a very prominent role.
Current topics of nutritional interest are offered to groups of adults, mothers of infants or toddlers, children, adolescents, seniors, health professionals or various associations. Topics are presented in a dynamic, educational format that is informative and enjoyable.
Group or individual shopping trips to provide nutrition information to aid in the client’s food label awareness, optimal nutritional value, and overall enhanced nutrition knowledge to make smart, appropriate choices in the so-called supermarket jungle.