Nutrition Counseling

Live healthier and feel better when you follow the personalized advice of a registered dietitian at UNC Health Johnston. Nutrition counseling can help babies through senior citizens get the nourishment they need to thrive.

How Does a Dietitian Help?

Eating right makes your body work better. It can help you:

  • Ease symptoms of chronic medical conditions
  • Feel more energy and strength
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Do I Need Nutrition Counseling?

Your doctor may refer you to nutrition counseling if you have:

What Happens at My Appointments?

During your first appointment, a registered dietitian will ask about your goals, eating habits, and overall health. Expect personalized advice on what, when, how often, and how much to eat. You’ll also learn how to read food labels so you can make healthy choices when grocery shopping.

Meet with us every few weeks to ask questions, share concerns, and explore ways to overcome obstacles. Whenever it’s appropriate, your dietitian will adjust your nutrition plan to meet your needs and preferences.

Where Do I Go for Appointments?

Appointments take place in suite 1702 in the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield or the Dietitian Office on the second floor of the Clayton hospital.

Hospital Nutrition Services

If you get care at a UNC Health Johnston hospital, you’ll receive a screening for malnutrition (lack of nutrients). When necessary, a dietitian will meet with you or your care team to help you get the right nutrition during and after your hospital stay.

Well-Rounded Care

A dietitian may also refer you to other experts who can help you live a healthy life:

For help getting enough food, ask your dietitian for information about local food banks, Meals on Wheels, and other community resources.

Talk to Your Doctor

Ask your doctor for a referral to nutrition counseling at UNC Health Johnston. After your doctor contacts us, you’ll get a call to schedule an appointment.

Physicians: Fax your referral form [PDF] to 919-989-6584.