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Nutritional Counseling

ECHN's Outpatient Nutrition Consultation Services at Manchester Memorial Hospital offers expert guidance to help you develop smarter, healthier and, most importantly, realistic eating habits.

Registered Dietitians provide personalized nutritional guidance and will work with you to develop a custom plan based on your unique nutritional needs, dietary restrictions and personal health goals. We also provide ongoing assistance and consultation along the way.

The primary goal of nutrition counseling is to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and how to make changes that support a healthy lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, try a new diet, participate in sports or reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease, our Registered Dietitians take the latest evidenced-based research and translate it into real life practices to help you establish healthy and satisfying eating habits that help you feel your best for the long term.

In addition to the goals mentioned above, our one-on-one sessions with our Registered Dietitian can be formulated for specific conditions including:

  • Bone health
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Food allergies
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart Health
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Pregnancy including gestational diabetes
  • Weight-related issues

Nutritional counseling is an important part of everyone's everyday life. It can help manage or prevent chronic diseases and can help people feel better, physically, mentally and emotionally.


What is a Dietitian?

Registered Dietitian (RD) is a nationally recognized credential that is obtained by completing education requirements along with >1000 hours of supervised practice.  Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts that have extensive education and training to help assist in managing acute and chronic health conditions.

Registered Dietitians evaluate a person’s health and nutritional needs and work with individuals to find a plan that works best for them. They can accommodate challenges such as a tight food budget, busy family and work schedules, unique cultural preferences, cooking limitations, and more! 

What to expect from an appointment? 

An initial appointment is typically 1 hour.  The RD will review pertinent past medical history and a sample days intake.  The RD will review what you, the patient, goal(s) is in attending the appointment.  Whether it’s need for diet education that relates to a new diagnosis or trying to make lifestyle/diet changes, the RD is here to provide you with tips/tools that will assist in reaching your individual goal.

We offer many different types of appointments from a half hour appointment or an hour appointment. These appointments can be in-person or done virtually with telehealth.

An average first appointment begins with a comprehensive nutrition assessment to analyze current dietary habits.

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