Role of Nutrition in Healing
March is National Nutrition Month, a time to celebrate healthy eating and highlight the role of dietitians in providing a scientific approach to food and nutrition in helping to prevent illness. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met rigorous academic and experience criteria to earn the RDN credential, including earning a bachelor's degree in nutrition or dietetics, completing hands on experience, and passing a national exam.
A Registered Dietitian can teach you how to make food choices that will prevent disease and maintain health. A Registered Dietitian can also help you understand and manage a host of nutrition-related disorders including:
Here at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, our Registered Dietitians are integral members of our cardiac rehabilitation, weight management, and diabetes care teams.
In the hospital setting, Registered Dietitians play an important role in healthcare team. Because poor nutrition can delay healing and recovery, Clinical Dietitians monitor, assess, and optimize the nutrition status of hospitalized patients. They coordinate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide medical nutrition therapy in the form of therapeutic diets, tube feedings, intravenous nutrition, and supplements.
No matter your health needs, our outpatient Dietitians are able to meet patients one-on-one, providing personalized care and individualized recommendations to meet your specific needs. You can also schedule follow-up sessions for ongoing support and to monitor your progress.
Sturdy Memorial Hospital has a team dedicated to nutrition counseling. To learn more or make an appointment, please call 508-236-8039.