Nutrition Counseling
Mile Bluff Medical Center
1050 Division Street | Mauston, WI 53948 | 608-847-6161

Working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

 
Food and nutrition

Receive the highest possible level of nutrition counseling
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has completed the multiple layers of education and training established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  In addition to holding a bachelor's degree, a RDN must fulfill a specially-designed, accredited nutrition curriculum, pass a rigorous registration exam, and complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a healthcare facility.  What's more, roughly half of all RDNs hold graduate degrees; and many have certifications in specialized fields such as sport, pediatric, or renal (kidney) nutrition.

Mile Bluff's registered dietitian nutritionists are certified by the state of Wisconsin, and continue to seek out educational opportunities to keep them current with the most evidence-based practice guidelines.

Get personally-tailored advice
When you see a RDN, the last thing you'll get is one-size-fits-all diet advice.  Every person is unique, from genetics, to lifestyle, to health history.  Dietitians focus on interviewing the client to find out his or her individual needs, favorite foods, and eating and exercise habits.  Only then can everyone work together to prioritize and set realistic, achievable health goals for change.  

Follow-up visits with a RDN focus on maintenance and monitoring progress.

Receive assistance to prevent and/or manage chronic disease
If you have or are at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer, it can be hard to know what to eat.  A RDN can review your lab results with you, help you understand your condition, and provide you with education regarding the nutrients that impact your specific situation.  Then, he or she will assist you in creating an eating plan that includes all of the important nutrients to help you best manage your condition.

Work through food allergies, sensitivities and intolerance
When you live with conditions such as celiac disease, food allergies or intolerance, it's easy to be overwhelmed by what you think you can't eat.  That can translate into a boring diet and may even lead to nutrient deficiencies.  A RDN will not only teach you how to read food labels so you'll know what ingredients to avoid, he or she will also help you find substitutions to keep your diet balanced and tasty too.

Find a weight-loss program that really works, for long-term results.
Fad diets may sound like the quick ticket to weight-loss, but they rarely work for very long.  A RDN will partner with you to develop a safe, effective weight-loss plan that you can stick with for the long haul.  To guide and motivate you, a RDN will use creative and out-of-the-box strategies to help with meal planning, grocery shopping, food journaling and mindful eating. One of the primary goals of Mile Bluff's Registered Dietitian Nutritionists is to help clients feel empowered and excited to make positive lifestyle changes. 

Nutrition services at Mile Bluff:
-Weight management counseling (including counseling for before and after weight-loss surgery)
-Nutrition therapy for diabetes and chronic kidney disease prevention and management
-Food allergy and intolerance counseling
-Pregnancy and preconception counseling
-Pediatric nutrition therapy

To schedule an appointment:
-Ask your primary care provider for a referral to see a Mile Bluff registered dietitian nutritionist.
-Call 608-847-1295 for more information.