Nutrition counseling usually begins with an interview in which the counselor asks questions about a person's typical food intake. Nutrition counselors use different methods to assess typical food intake.
The nutrition counselor provides information, educational materials, support, and follow-up to help the individual make and maintain the needed dietary changes.
A diet counselor is part of a team of professionals, including nutritionists and dietetic technicians, dedicated to providing accurate and individualized diet and nutrition counseling. Diet and nutrition counseling can be helpful for geriatric patients, patients who suffer from diabetes, hypertension or other medical conditions, and for obese patients. The diet counselor often works for a hospital, home health organization, or clinic with the responsibility for improving the nutritional habits of clients and patients. Diet and nutrition counseling may also be helpful for prenatal and infant care.