Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center
Daviess County Diabetes and Nutrition Management
Outpatient nutrition services are available to you through our diabetes
and nutrition education center. Adjusting to diet and lifestyle changes
can be overwhelming, which is why we offer individualized one-on-one nutrition
counseling sessions. These sessions are not limited to diabetes only –
we can also help you navigate heart health, weight loss, and a variety
of nutrition issues. You can learn more about registered dietitian nutritionists
by reading through the information listed.
What is a registered dietitian nutritionist?
A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has finished multiple levels
of education and training as established by the Accreditation Council
for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). An RDN must hold a bachelor’s
degree, fulfill an accredited nutrition curriculum, complete an extensive
supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice
organization, or community agency and pass a rigorous registration exam.
Many RDNs hold advanced graduate degrees and specialized certificates.
What can an RDN do for me?
A RDN will learn about your personal preferences and habits in relation
to health history, favorite foods, eating, and exercise habits. They will
provide tailored advice based on your history and will help you to establish
goals for an improved level of health. RDNs provide medical nutrition
therapy (MNT) for a wide variety of chronic diseases, weight loss struggles,
and food allergies/intolerances. The most common issues discussed within
the Nutrition Education Center include diabetes, high blood pressure,
weight loss, and high triglycerides/cholesterol.
Will my insurance cover Medical Nutrition Therapy?
MNT is covered by a variety of insurance plans. The Medicare Part B Program
will cover MNT for diabetes and kidney disease. You may be eligible for
at least three hours of MNT the first year of care and two hours each
additional year. If you have private insurance, you should check with
your insurance plan for specific medical nutrition therapy coverage details.
Your plan may cover nutrition counseling for a wide variety of chronic
conditions and health concerns, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
How do I get referred?
A referral from a physician or nurse practitioner is required for scheduling.
Your physician’s office may call 812-254-2250 or fax 812-254-7884
to establish an appointment. Their office should provide a reason for
consultation, health history, and any recent lab work you may have had
Who is our dietitian?
Haley C Hester MA, RDN, CD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Daviess Community Hospital Daviess Community Hospital
Available at: 812-254-2760 ext. 1175
For more information, please call the scheduling center at
812-254-2250 or email either of your dietitians above.
The above information was adapted from
www.eatright.org, a website supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
For more helpful resources to guide you on your journey to more healthful
eating, check out the links below: