Our hospital registered dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy for a wide variety of short- and long-term medical conditions with an added focus on identifying and preventing malnutrition. Dietitians screen all patients admitted to the hospital and prioritize care to those most at nutritional risk. Registered dietitians work closely with the medical team to help optimize nutrition care for patients to achieve better outcomes for healing.
Outpatient Nutrition Counseling
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center offers individual nutrition counseling sessions with a referral from a physician. Outpatient dietitians work with you to develop realistic, sustainable goals to manage or improve your condition. Referrals can be made by a primary care provider or specialist.We provide nutrition counseling for:
- Diabetes management
- General healthy eating guidelines
- Heart disease and cardiac rehab
- Kidney disease
- Losing weight or gaining weight
- Meal planning
- Weight loss surgery
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People newly diagnosed or those with history of diabetes, may benefit from meeting with a Sentara diabetes care and education specialist. Sentara offers diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) in group and one on one settings. DSMES will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage your diabetes and related conditions. Education is centered around your personal goals and life experiences and may include nutrition management, blood glucose monitoring, stress management and short- and long-term complication prevention.
Good nutrition is an essential part of cancer care and should be addressed as soon as possible after diagnosis. At Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, our registered dietitians are prepared to help you with various side effects that treatment may cause, such as nausea, painful swallowing, taste changes, mouth sores, diarrhea, constipation and weight loss.
Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery requires a drastic change in eating habits before and shortly after surgery. If you have undergone bariatric surgery, you will gradually ease into a solid food diet as your new stomach heals. Weight loss surgery requires a lifelong commitment to eating specific healthy foods in reduced portions.
We offer individual counseling sessions to patients enrolled in a Sentara cardiac rehab program.