OUR MISSION IS TO PROMOTE OPTIMUM HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGH COUNSELING, CONSULTING, NUTRITION EDUCATION, AND CONTRACT SERVICES.
Favor Nutrition is a private practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, that provides a variety of individualized nutrition and wellness services to improve the health of individuals and to facilitate wellness within the community. With a focus on evidence based nutrition science, our practice strives to help individuals, health care providers, organizations and companies optimize health and maximize effectiveness with proven nutrition strategies. As Registered Dietitians and Licensed Nutritionists, we work closely with referring doctors and other healthcare professionals to make sure that our clients receive the very best in nutritional counseling, therapy, and dietary care.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When should I see a Registered Dietitian(RD, RDN)?
Registered Dietitians are specialists in food and nutrition. Although you can see a Registered Dietitian to simply understand the role food and nutrition play in your health, many people with chronic diseases may need special advice and counseling. For example, patients with diseases like cancer, kidney disease or diabetes may not be able to eat normally due to the disease itself or as a result of treatment for the disease. These patients need advice on adding new foods to their diets or how to prepare food to meet their nutritional needs to stay as healthy as possible. Seeking the advice of a Registered Dietitian can better help patients fight their diseases, as well as keep them from being nutritionally depleted and susceptible to opportunistic infections that can further compromise their health condition.
Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Yes! Many people who call themselves “nutritionists” have not met the same rigorous standards as those who have completed a Registered Dietitian program.
Registered Dietitians (RD, RDN) are trained in the nutritional sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition pathophysiology, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition counseling.
The title “RD” is a credential protected legally and therefore can only be used by practitioners who have met the academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “Registered Dietitian”. These requirements include receiving a bachelor’s degrees from an accredited United States university or college and course work approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association; completing a 6-12 month CADE-accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, hospital, community agency or food service corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies; and passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered Dietitians must complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain their “Registered Dietitian” status.
The title “Registered Dietitian”, “Dietitian”, and “RD” are protected by law through provincial legislation, so that only qualified practitioners who have met education requirements can use these titles.
Registered Dietitians can call themselves “nutritionists” but nutritionists cannot call themselves “Registered Dietitians”. The term “nutritionist” is unregulated, so essentially anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.
What are the benefits of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)?
Medical Nutrition Therapy produces savings for physicians, hospitals, and patients by preventing hospitalizations, shortening hospital stays and decreasing complications. Evidence of other savings includes a decreased need for medicines, surgeries and other costly treatments. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Formerly the American Dietetic Association), an analysis of nearly 2,400 case studies of patients who received MNT showed that on average, $8,000 per patient can be saved.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a physician referral to see an RD/RDN.
Do you work with all age groups?
We enjoy working with all age groups, from toddlers through geriatric. With our younger clients it is a family affair and we require a parent to be involved in the session(s). Once your children are teenagers we find it is beneficial to work with them privately and will share pertinent information with the parent, only with the teen’s permission.
Does insurance pay for Dietitian services?
Yes! Many insurance policies cover the cost of seeing a Dietitian.Favor Nutrition is happy to announce that we are now accepting the following insurance plans: Aetna, American Specialty Health (ASH), Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Medicare.
When calling to ask about coverage from your insurance company, please ask the following questions: Do you cover the following codes? 97803 & 97802 for Medical Nutrition Therapy.
For other insurance plans not listed above, we are happy to assist you in the reimbursement process. You should obtain a letter of referral from your doctor and we will provide you with a super bill, which you will send to your insurance company for reimbursement. Despite our efforts we cannot guarantee that you will get reimbursement, so you may want to discuss this with your insurance company prior to your initial visit. You can contact your insurance company directly and ask if they cover the following codes: 97803 & 97802 for Medical Nutrition Therapy as well as G0108 for Diabetes Counseling.
What are the office hours?
By appointment only. Monday – Saturday, beginning at 7am through 5pm.
What do I need to bring to the first office visit?
To get the most out of our first meeting, it would be helpful if you brought the following:
• Completed New Patient Intake Form (can be downloaded below)
• List of all medications, vitamins and herbal supplements
• Insurance Card
• Co-pay, completed Physician Referral Form (if applicable)
• Copies of latest blood tests / labs (or have your physician fax the documents)
• Food Intake and Activity Record
• Blood glucose log, if you have one
If your appointment is via phone or Skype, please fax the completed forms at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
- NEW PATIENT INTAKE FORM
- Family Nutrition Questionnaire
- Diabetes Assessment Form
- Nutritional Risk Assessment
- Authorization for Release of Information
- Release of Information Policy
- Food Record Checklist
- Food Record Form
Doctors may refer patients for consultation by phone, fax, e-mail or online. Referrals may not be required depending on the individual health insurance plan. Download Physician Referral Form below.