Nutritional Counseling

The Benefits of Nutritional Counseling

Approximately 70% of all causes of death in the United States are related to lifestyle. This means that choices, exercise habits, and tobacco exposure significantly impact people’s health. Diet plays a big role in these outcomes.  We know that healthy food choices can help lower people’s risk for many chronic diseases such as heart disease, certain types of cancers, and strokes.

Working with a registered dietitian is an effective way to obtain dietary advice and suggestions based on your individual needs. Individual nutrition counseling takes your medical history, food preferences and lifestyle into account and then provides you with recommendations tailored to your personal health concerns.

Nutrition therapy can help you save money as an alternative to more expensive treatments.

Nutrition therapy may prevent the need for medication, surgery or hospitalization. It significantly reduces the effects of disease conditions such as cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension.

Cholesterol: Studies indicate that individuals who receive nutrition counseling from registered dietitians experience significant cost savings compared to those who choose to take cholesterol-lowering medication without nutrition therapy.

Diabetes: Diabetes is a progressive disease that can lead to expensive treatments and long-term medications. Medical nutrition therapy can reduce or eliminate the need for oral medications that work to decrease blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Control and Complication Trial, which was a thorough investigation of the disease, indicated that maintaining blood-glucose levels within an ideal range reduced the complication of diabetes by 60%.

Hypertension: The goal of treatment for individuals with mildly elevated blood pressure is to attempt to improve blood pressure with lifestyle modification before starting medications. Nutrition therapy for high blood pressure includes counseling for weight loss, if recommended, and reducing sodium in the diet. By working with a registered dietitian, people with hypertension can prevent the need for medication, which results in significant cost savings.

The benefits of nutrition therapy extend beyond cost savings. Years gained from leading a healthy life are invaluable. People are amazed at how small lifestyle changes such as drinking more water or eating more fruits and vegetables result in lasting improvements in their health.


Meet our Provider:

Kendall 1Kendall Kennedy, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Kendall Kennedy is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist from Jacksonville, Florida. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Florida. Over the past decade, Kendall worked as  a Dietetic Technician at the Mayo Clinic, as Nutrition Educator for the government-funded program Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and as a Clinical Dietitian in a long-term care facility. After visiting frequently over the past 25 years, Kendall relocated to the Virgin Islands in April 2016, working as a Clinical Dietitian at the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas.

With an overabundance of misinformation about nutrition and health, Kendall focuses on evidence-based nutrition counseling and diet strategies to meet the unique needs of her clients, considering medical conditions, lifestyle, and preferences. Diet changes can be overwhelming! But Kendall simplifies nutrition information enabling her clients to modify their dietary habits. She provides them with the necessary tools and resources to foster healthy, life-long habits. This way, clients can achieve their goals, finding balance and happiness along the way.

 

 

 

For more information, or to check if your insurance covers Nutritional Counseling, speak with a Synergy staff member!