Nutrition Counseling

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What is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) has met current minimum (Bachelor’s) academic requirements, completed supervised practice experiences through programs accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and has passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians

Why see a RD?

Appointment topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
  • Vegetarian or Vegan Nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Dietary Intolerances and Food Allergies
  • Nutrition for Physical Activity
  • High Cholesterol
  • Other Nutrition Related Concerns

Nutrition Appointments

How do I make an appointment?

  • All appointments are free for any current UConn Storrs student!
  • There are currently 4 Registered Dietitians.
  • Call the appointment desk at 860-486-2719 to make your initial or follow-up appointment.
  • A dietitian is available Monday-Friday during the academic year 9 am-4:30 pm (except for Wednesday appointments begin at 10:30 am and Fridays until 2 pm) with some evening hours. Summer hours are provided by one dietitian Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Prior to initial appointment:

  • In preparation of the appointment, it is helpful if the student records 1 day of their typical food and fluid intake by filling out the the intake form.
  • Please use this portion size guide for assistance in estimating portion sizes consumed.
  • Please upload your 1-day food record and intake form in advance of your appointment to myhealth.uconn.edu/Document
  • By filling out and submitting these forms prior to the appointment, time will be saved during the appointment and be better spent on helping the student achieve their goals. Depending on when the food record is submitted a detailed report of the analysis of the food record will be explained in the initial or follow-up appointment.

During appointment:

  • Each initial appointment is 45-60 minutes long. During this appointment, both the dietitian and student will go over an assessment of the student’s nutritional status, medical history, past dietary practices, physical activity history, among other items. The dietitian will provide recommendations and resources to help the student implement change to improve their well-being and meet their health goals through optimal dietary practices.

After the initial appointment:

  • Follow-up appointments are commonly scheduled. Follow-up appointments are 20-30 minutes long, but some appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes.