Nutrition Counseling

Intro to the Open Arms Nutrition Program

Our team of registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians (DTRs) help plan and approve the medically tailored meals you receive and are educated on the science-based nutrition needs of the many illnesses we serve. They each have completed at least a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics and have a combined 15+ years of experience.

 

What Can the Open Arms RDs and DTRs Do for You?

Here are just a few examples:

• Recommend a menu based on your needs/preferences and provide details about our meals.
• Suggest additional food resources if you need them.
• Provide meal and snack ideas, according to your likes/dislikes and medical needs.

 

Free-of-Cost Nutrition Coaching

Open Arms RDs and DTRs are also available to provide one-on-one support while you’re on service. We want to help you reach your health goals! Here’s how the process works:

Step 1: Schedule Your First Call: Appointments with an RD or DTR take place over the phone. Virtual appointments may be available upon request. Due to COVID-19, we are not offering in-person appointments at this time.

Step 2: Nutrition Assessment: This step involves a series of questions that give us a better idea of your health history, food likes/dislikes, current eating habits, and goals.

Step 3: Nutrition Education & Counseling: Dive into detail about a nutrition concern or health goal that’s most important to you. Written materials may be offered to help you apply new knowledge and strategies to benefit your overall health. You can schedule additional appointments for follow-up support or to discuss other topics.

Step 4: Provide Feedback & Get a Thank-You Gift: We value your feedback! If you complete and return our program evaluation survey, we will send you a free cookbook, Good and Cheap, by Leanne Brown.

 

Although RD or DTR contact is not a requirement to get meals from Open Arms, pairing medically tailored meals with RD/DTR support may improve the results that you get from our program! You can call 612-540-7760 or email nutrition@openarmsmn.org to reach a nutrition staff member.

Please Note: In some instances, it may be more appropriate to seek services from your medical provider or a clinical dietitian. For example, our RDs and DTRs are not trained on providing nutrition counseling for eating disorders. Requests for nutrition coaching will be evaluated case-by-case, and we will do our best to help connect you with a clinician who can provide you with the care you need.

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