Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center

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 812-254-2872 or fax 812-254-2943 to establish an appointment. Their office should provide a reason for consultation, health history, and any recent lab work you may have had completed.

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: