Nutrition Services at Summit Orthopedics

Proper nutrition can provide us energy throughout our busy day, enhance athletic performance, prevent the onset of disease, keep us strong and healthy, and more. However, when we have other stressors and events going on in our lives, fueling ourselves properly and well-balanced eating often take a backseat.

Here at Summit Orthopedics, our Registered Dietitian will work one-on-one with you to develop an individualized plan to help you reach your nutrition goals. They can help you navigate through the food and nutrition information overload and provide you with sound, proven strategies for your specific needs and lifestyle.

Why should I see a dietitian?

Many people may benefit from seeing a dietitian. Dietitians are food experts – they can help you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition in order to reach your specific nutrition goals. Whether you are looking to help your family eat better, an elite athlete, or trying to lose weight for health reasons – a dietitian is your trusted source for individualized advice and nutrition solutions.

Here are some additional reasons to seek out a dietitian:

  • General healthy guidelines for you or your family
  • Weight management: weight gain, weight loss, weight maintenance
  • Sports nutrition: enhance athletic performance and/or prevent injury
  • Gastrointestinal issues: food intolerances and sensitivities
  • Meal planning and recipe ideas
  • Treatment of specific diseases: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure
  • Prevention of disease and injury: osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease

What’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

When seeking out information regarding nutrition, it is important to seek a credentialed professional who has undergone proper training. A registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a term protected and regulated by law. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics defines a registered dietitian as a health professional with specific university qualifications, including a four-year bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics or a three-year science degree followed by a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Additionally, an RD in the U.S. is required to complete 1,200 hours of practical training in different hospital and community settings. This way, when you are seeing a dietitian, you can be confident that you are receiving credible information.

If you’re interested in meeting with a registered dietitian, please call our front desk at 651-968-5766.

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