Nutritional Counseling

Definition - What does Nutritional Counseling mean?

Nutritional counseling, within the context of workplace wellness, refers to a process in which an individual's dietary intake is assessed by a health professional so that they can identify any changes that are required. The health professional, usually a dietitian, provides educational material, support, and ongoing assessment in order to maintain the changes needed.

WorkplaceTesting explains Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional counseling is targeted to a person's need and promotes dietary changes. Nutritional counseling is an active part in the treatment of people with eating disorders or drug/chemical dependencies. Persons that take certain drugs to treat depression and anxiety disorders, for example, can experience a weight gain or loss due to the inhibitors contained in the drugs. In these cases, nutritional counseling can help individual regain a healthy weight through new eating habits that will work with the drug regimen of the individual.

The health professional that is responsible for the assessment is called a nutrition counselor. The counselor and the individual work together to identify areas where nutrition changes are needed and modify current eating patterns.

This definition was written in the context of Workplace Wellness
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