Sleepy Eye Medical Center’s outpatient nutrition counseling service provides comprehensive, individualized nutrition guidance through the use of medical nutrition therapy (MNT). This therapy includes assessment, nutrition diagnosis, and recommendations about dietary changes to prevent or manage diseases and improve general health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can receive medical nutrition therapy?
Patients who have a referral by a prescribing practitioner and a prescription stating the diagnosis or nutritional goal can receive outpatient nutritional counseling. This service is provided by appointment only. Patients with the following conditions are often referred for medical nutrition therapy:
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Renal disease
- Celiac disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders, including IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Bariatric surgery counseling
Who provides medical nutrition therapy?
A Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist works with patients to tailor a diet based on their diagnosis, dietary history, other health needs, and nutritional and lifestyle goals. Medical nutrition therapy sessions include strategies to promote wellness and treat specific pre-existing conditions.
Is medical nutrition therapy covered by insurance?
Insurance is accepted, but coverage varies among insurance providers and plans. Contact your insurance provider to verify coverage and the number of allowed sessions per year.
What should I bring to my nutrition counseling session?
Please bring a three-day food log as well as a list of any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements that you currently take.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, call 507-794-3571 between 7:30 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.