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Top Reasons to Schedule an Appointment with a Dietician

In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can often feel like a daunting task. With numerous conflicting diet trends and information overload on nutrition, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. This is where a registered dietitian can be your guiding light on the path to better health.

A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert.  Their job is to translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.  Registered Dietitian Nutritionists work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, the food industry, universities, research, private practice, and more. Brooke Tasler is a registered dietician with CCMH.

Here are some compelling reasons why scheduling an appointment with a dietitian could be one of the best decisions you make for your well-being.

1. Personalized Nutrition Plan: One of the most significant benefits of consulting with a dietitian is receiving a personalized nutrition plan tailored to your individual needs and goals. Unlike generic diet advice found online or in magazines, a dietitian takes into account your medical history, dietary preferences, lifestyle, and any existing health conditions to create a plan that is realistic and sustainable for you.

2. Weight Management Support: Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply maintain a healthy weight, a dietitian can provide expert guidance and support. They can help you set realistic weight loss goals, develop a balanced meal plan, and provide strategies to overcome obstacles and plateaus along the way.

3. Nutritional Education: With so much conflicting information about nutrition circulating in the media, it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. A dietitian is trained to interpret scientific research and provide evidence-based nutrition advice. By working with a dietitian, you can gain a better understanding of your nutritional needs and learn how to make informed food choices that support your health and well-being.

4. Managing Medical Conditions: For individuals with specific medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or food allergies, diet plays a crucial role in managing symptoms and improving overall health. A dietitian can work in conjunction with your healthcare team to develop a specialized meal plan that meets your nutritional needs while addressing any dietary restrictions or concerns related to your condition.

5. Improving Athletic Performance: Whether you’re a competitive athlete or simply enjoy staying active, proper nutrition is essential for optimizing performance and recovery. A dietitian can help athletes fine-tune their nutrition to fuel workouts, enhance endurance, and promote muscle repair and growth. From pre-workout fueling strategies to post-workout recovery meals, a dietitian can provide personalized recommendations to help you achieve your fitness goals.

6. Overcoming Disordered Eating: If you struggle with disordered eating patterns such as binge eating, emotional eating, or restrictive dieting, seeking support from a dietitian can be a crucial step in your recovery journey. A dietitian can help you develop a healthier relationship with food, challenge negative thought patterns, and establish sustainable eating habits that promote both physical and emotional well-being.

7. Long-Term Success: Unlike fad diets that promise quick fixes but often lead to yo-yo dieting and frustration, working with a dietitian focuses on long-term success. By equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and support you need to make lasting changes to your eating habits, a dietitian empowers you to take control of your health and achieve your goals for years to come.

Does Insurance Cover it?

Unfortunately, there isn’t one standard answer to this question. It’s best to call your individual insurance provider.  Some plans will need specific medical conditions or doctor’s referrals to be covered, while others may offer preventative support with no diagnoses required.

Another option to try is your employer.  Many companies are putting money into their health and wellness support services. Contact your human resources or benefits team to get the details on your company’s health initiatives.

CCMH has a registered dietician on staff – Brooke Tasler, Director of Dietary Services. To make an appointment with Brooke, begin by talking with your primary care provider. Otherwise, you can contact Brooke directly at 712-265-2537 or by emailing

Scheduling an appointment with a registered dietitian can be a transformative step on your journey to better health. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, manage a medical condition, improve athletic performance, or simply adopt a healthier lifestyle, a dietitian can provide the expert guidance and support you need to succeed. Investing in your health today by consulting with a dietitian can pave the way for a happier, healthier tomorrow.



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