Medical Nutrition Therapy

Get the nutritional counseling you need at UNC Lenoir Health Care.  A counseling session includes an evaluation and assessment of your nutritional needs.  Then, you and your Registered Dietitian will develop a nutritional plan customized for your dietary needs.

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What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Medical Nutrition Therapy, or MNT, is an individualized nutrition education and counseling program provided by a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Is this right for me?

Any adult age 18 and over who has a condition that may be improved by diet and lifestyle change, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, or hypertension.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I ever been told my blood sugar is high or that I have diabetes?
  • Do I suffer from low blood sugar?
  • Is my cholesterol high?
  • Am I overweight by 25 pounds or more?
  • Does my weight affect the way I breathe, walk, or carry out my daily activities?
  • Do I have kidney disease?
  • Do I have heart disease?
  • Am I pregnant and need nutritional advice?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy, a nutritional approach to managing medical conditions.

Fees and Payments

Many insurance plans cover the cost of Medical Nutrition Therapy services. Medicare Part B covers MNT for diabetes and kidney disease, allowing up to 3 hours of service in an initial year, and 2 hours in subsequent years. Medicaid does not currently cover MNT. Private insurances vary in their degree of coverage, and may be fully covered or require a copay or coinsurance.

Do I need a Physician referral?

A physician referral is required for Medical Nutrition Therapy. For any patients with a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, the Diabetes Wellness Program Physician Referral for Diabetes Training (LMH form 1563) should be utilized to make a referral to the dietitian. For patients without these diagnoses, referrals should be made on the LMH Outpatient Nutrition referral form.

Call Holly White, RD, LDN at 252-522-7471 for more information or to make a referral.

What can I expect during this program?

Once a completed referral form is received, the Medical Nutrition Therapy insurance benefits are verified. The patient is then contacted and the MNT referral and estimated insurance coverage are reviewed. Once the patient agrees to participate, an initial MNT appointment is scheduled.

The one-hour initial MNT visit involves a thorough review of the patient’s eating habits, readiness to change, and nutritional health. An individualized nutrition prescription including specific goals is developed and shared with the patient.

Depending on the patient’s nutrition goals and needs, follow-up MNT visits are scheduled at various intervals. Follow-up visits are 30 minutes, during which progress toward previous goals is reviewed, and goals are updated.

Where can I get more information?

Call Holly White, RD, LDN at 252-522-7471 for more information or to make a referral.

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Emily has been a Registered Dietitian since 2007 and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist since 2014. She provides diabetes and nutrition education to people with diabetes by focusing on their goals and motivating them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Emily Decker, RD, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietician
Holly White

Holly holds a BS in Exercise Science and a BS in Nutrition from ECU. She worked as an exercise specialist at Vidant Wellness Center and most recently as a Clinical Dietitian for the Department of Public Safety. She enjoys helping people get healthier through exercise and nutrition.

Holly White, RD

Registered Dietitian | Diabetes Wellness Program Coordinator

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