Diabetes Nutritional Program Kinston NC

Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy

The Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy, located in the Minnie P. Stackhouse Diabetes Center is a 6 month program geared towards supporting adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes with lifestyle choices, changes, and challenges. Group classes focus on the (7) seven critical self-care behaviors identified to best produce good outcomes by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

Group instruction includes education about:

  • being active
  • healthy eating
  • taking medication
  • monitoring blood glucose levels
  • problem solving
  • reducing risks of diabetes complications
  • healthy coping strategies

Individuals will work with a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian to identify goals and obstacles in an effort to self-manage this chronic disease.

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What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

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

Our healthy eating program, Lighten Up Lenoir can help you manage your weight by providing you with healthy nutrition tips, and articles that will offer a wide-variety of options to help you lose weight, and to eat healthier. We can present you with ways to make some of your favorite dishes, but in a healthier version. Plus, we’ll have you try new foods that you may learn to love. And once in while you can even enjoy your favorite foods, just in moderation.

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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.

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 in the Diabetes Wellness Program, 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.

AADE Certfication

Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators is the leading association for diabetes educators. With more than 14,000 members, AADE advocates on behalf of diabetes educators and the patients they serve. We also work to ensure the professional growth of our members and promote widespread recognition of the benefits of diabetes education.

Our mission is to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional diabetes education, management and support.

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Emily Decker

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
Connie Smith – Lenoir Minges Wellness Center

Connie has been employed with Lenoir Memorial Hospital for 25 years in a variety of educator roles. Her specialty includes the LinkLine Specialist position, assist with the Diabetes program and enjoys assisting the members in the Wellness Center gym in their journey to improve their unique health and fitness endeavors.

Connie Smith

Group Fitness Instructor / Certified Diabetes Educator
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

Exercise Specialist / Clinical Dietitian

The free Community Walking Track is located on the campus of UNC Lenoir and offers a beautiful location for walking from dawn to dusk each day.

At the Minges Wellness Center we celebrate every success whether it is miles walked, classes attended, or pounds lost. We applaud your efforts and revel in your accomplishments. Come celebrate with us!

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for only $20 a month call us at 252.522.7207


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