San Diego Nutrition
Everyone's path to a healthy lifestyle is different. That's why we work with you to develop a custom nutrition plan that is practical, realistic and geared toward meeting your long-term goals.
Nutrition education and counseling program.
Our outpatient nutrition counseling program will match you with a dietitian to help you meet your health goals.
Whether you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or simply eat better, we account for all your health needs and lifestyle habits. We'll develop a personalized nutrition program with easy-to-follow advice for planning meals, grocery shopping and dining out. We'll also explore hunger and fullness cues, stress or emotional eating and physical activity goals.
Together, we'll address your everyday challenges, giving you the tools to make educated choices.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our registered dietitian nutritionists, call us at 619-740-4632.
Hospital inpatient nutrition program.
Nutrition plays a key role in your treatment plan when you're in the hospital. Our dietitians work with you and your physician to develop nutrition interventions that align with your medical condition. The correct nutrition plans can promote healing, and can help you to gain energy, build strength and possibly return home faster.
Occasionally, you may leave the hospital with a special diet or some form of nutrition support. In that instance, your dietitian may educate you and your caregivers and answer any questions.
To learn more, call us at 858-499-3114.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if meeting with a dietitian is right for me?
If you have questions about your diet, a registered dietitian can help sort through nutrition information so that you feel knowledgeable and have the tools to improve your health.
Some conditions that dietitians commonly treat are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart failure, overweight, kidney disease, liver disease, eating disorders and digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease.
What can I expect during the session with my dietitian?
During your nutrition sessions you'll be able to talk about your eating and activity patterns and share any concerns that you have about your health. The dietitian will answer your questions and determine the evidenced-based information needed to appropriately address your medical condition. The two of you will work together to decide which nutrition and activity goals are most important.
It's anticipated that barriers may exist; however, your dietitian will help you troubleshoot those barriers and will support you in focusing on goals that interest you as well as talk about the expected outcomes. Your dietitian will also review any medical information provided by your doctor prior to the visit and coordinate care with your physician after the visit.
Will I have follow-up sessions?
That depends. Several things will help to determine this such as the amount of nutrition information needed to address your reason for making the appointment, the level of support that will help you successfully make the needed changes, the number of visits approved by your insurance company and your level of interest.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to make an appointment with a dietitian?
Yes, a physician referral is needed and we can help you complete this step.
There are two options for getting a referral:
- Download and print our physician referral form (PDF) and bring to your physician to fill out. Your physician will need to fax the completed form to us.
- Call our office at 619-740-4632, give us your physician's contact information and we will contact your doctor to make arrangements to have the form completed and returned.
Once we have received the completed referral form, we'll call you to set up your appointment.
How can I schedule an appointment to meet with a dietitian?
Call our scheduling department at 619-740-4632. Our services are available at four locations. Be sure to have your doctor's contact information and your insurance card handy when making this call.
Will my dietitian appointment be covered by insurance?
Sharp accepts almost all health insurance plans, including Medicare, Medi-Cal and most managed care and private insurance plans.
Be sure to check with your insurance company to verify specific coverage. Coverage may depend on which Sharp medical group your doctor is under. Insurance companies frequently add new plans, and update provider networks and covered services under existing plans.
When you call to schedule your appointment, our program coordinator will let you know if your visit will be covered by insurance and coordinate with your primary care doctor's office to get the referral paperwork.
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