At Tillamook County Community Health Centers, we have medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education available to all clients. Our on-staff registered dietitian, Erica Johnson, is available for individualized nutrition care as well as group education sessions.
What is a registered dietitian?
A registered dietitian is a health care professional who has received in-depth, standardized training in nutritional science and the human body. Your primary health care provider can refer you to a registered dietitian to assist in addressing specific health conditions or concerns, as well as to learn about food, nutrition and nourishing your body. Working with a registered dietitian can be a positive, supportive and informative experience.
What can I expect from my work with a registered dietitian?
You will be invited to share your curiosities about food and nutrition and what your personal reason for making the appointment was. In our clinics, our registered dietitian approaches health and wellness from a non-diet perspective. You will be provided with nutrition information as well as you will be invited to approach your body and your health with curiosity and love. Your nutritional care plan will be supportive of your medical needs as well as your individual goals. Approaching food and body in this way may assist you in more deeply connecting with your body and its needs while enjoying satisfying and nourishing foods.
Will I have to follow a strict eating plan?
Although the word “diet” is included in the title of registered dietitian, the word doesn’t need to mean what may first come to mind. The primary definition of “diet” in the dictionary is “the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.” In this way, the word refers to what one chooses to eat, not the “I’m going on a diet” restrictive-type eating plan that we so often hear about. Working with your health care team, including a registered dietitian, can help you to develop a long-term lifestyle that allows you to feel the way you want to feel. This is a process that may take some time, though it is also very rewarding!
What aspects of health can support from a registered dietitian help with?
While anyone with a curiosity about nutrition and health may benefit from meeting with a registered dietitian, some common concerns that can be addressed are:
- Prevent or manage diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Blood sugar concerns (including prediabetes and diabetes)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heartburn/GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder)
- Hormonal concerns and/or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Food sensitivities or allergies
- Digestive discomfort (such as irritable bowel syndrome/irritable bowel disease)
- Fatigue/loss of appetite
- Unplanned weight loss
- General nutrition education and support
- And many more!
If your primary care provider hasn’t already suggested it, you are welcome to inquire about scheduling an appointment to meet with our registered dietitian!
Our registered dietitian
Erica Johnson, MPH, RD, LD
Master of Public Health, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian
Education: Oregon State University, Keene State College
Medical Interest: Nutrition Education, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Public Health, Preventive Care
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