Nutrition Counseling

The need for nutrition counseling has grown with the increase in chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

The Registered Dietitians affiliated with ECHN can develop an individualized eating plan that will help you reach your personal health goals, in a way that will support you both physically and emotionally.


Counseling is available for adults and children in the following areas:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Eating Disorders
  • Excess Weight Gain
  • Food Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders such as celiac sprue, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis
  • Heart Health
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Disease
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Underweight
  • Weight Loss/Unplanned
  • Wellness areas including proper nutrition, vegetarian nutrition, sports nutrition, and childhood nutrition

For more information, please call 860.647.6856.

How to Schedule an Appointment

First, contact your doctor for a written referral that includes the MD signature, date, codeable diagnosis and your name and phone number. The written doctor's referral is required and may be faxed to 860.474.1700.

Then, contact ECHN's Outpatient Nutrition Services, located at Manchester Memorial Hospital, to make an appointment. The number to call is 860.647.6856.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment for the outpatient registration process.

What to Expect From Your First Appointment

Your first session with a Registered Dietitian will include an interview and an initial assessment. The dietitian will ask for details about the food you eat, cooking, grocery shopping, and nutrition history. During this one-on-one session you and your dietitian will decide together about next steps.

Registered Dietitians play a vital role in the management of your health. As nutrition experts, it is the job of the dietitian to remain abreast of the current literature and to provide accurate, medically appropriate information.

Helpful Links:

  • United States Department of Agriculture 
  • Determine your individualized recommendations for calories and physical activity based on age, sex and activity level.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Information about how you can keep your heart healthy through diet and lifestyle.
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Search for reliable information on health-related topics.

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