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Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center in Washington, IN

Registered Dietitians Ready to Help You

Welcome to our Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center, where we provide outpatient nutrition services for people with diabetes. We understand how adjusting to the lifestyle changes your doctor recommends to manage your diabetes can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer individualized, one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions from registered dietitian nutritionists. These sessions are not limited to only to diabetes management, because we can also help you navigate heart health, weight loss, and help you learn how to live a healthier lifestyle by making smart food choices personalized specifically to your needs and wishes.

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).
Some of the qualifications an RDN must hold include:

  • Completing a bachelor’s degree
  • Fulfilling an accredited nutrition curriculum
  • Completing an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice organization, or community agency
  • Passing a rigorous registration exam.
  • RDNs usually also have completed advanced graduate degrees and have earned specialized certificates

What Can an RDN do for Me?

Our RDNs will take time to learn about your personal preferences and habits in relation to health history, favorite foods, eating, and exercise habits. They will provide tailored advice and will help you establish goals for improved health. RDNs provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for a wide variety of chronic diseases, weight loss struggles, and food allergies or intolerances. The most common issues discussed within the Nutrition Education Center include diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss, and high triglycerides or cholesterol.

Will My Insurance Cover Medical Nutrition Therapy?

MNT is covered by many insurance plans, including the Medicare Part B Program, which covers MNT for diabetes and kidney disease. You may be eligible for at least 3 hours of MNT the first year of care, and 2 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 to an RDN?

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.

Haley C. Hester MA, RDN, CD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Daviess Community Hospital
Available at: 812-254-2760 ext. 1175
hhester@dchosp.org


For more information, please call the scheduling center at 812-254-2250 or email: hhester@dchosp.org.

Diabetes & Nutrition Management Resources

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: