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Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a medically necessary and cost-effective means of preventing, treating and reducing the complications of various disease states such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, obesity, and gastrointestinal conditions. MNT significantly improves a person’s quality of life. It also results in a significant cost savings to the health care system. It saves moneys because it reduces the need for medications, hospital admissions, and the length of stay in the hospital while diminishing many painful and dangerous health complications. Rehabilitation Associates Inc.’s Nutritionist achieves these ends by assessing an individual’s overall nutritional status and then prescribing a personalized course of treatment.

MNT encompasses the psychological, social, cultural, economic and technological factors that influence which foods we eat. Customized nutrition programs are designed for a wide variety of clients from a parent whose toddler is losing weight in the face of multiple food allergies to a teenage athlete who needs to learn how to eat for an all-day track meet to a busy executive who is trying to manage high cholesterol and diabetes while eating out five nights a week. To ensure permanency of life changes, behavioral modification acts as the framework for Rehabilitation Associates, Inc. MNT service.

Our Nutritionist is a registered and certified dietician who is experienced in both individualized counseling for pediatric and adult populations as well as in providing group wellness programming. Our Nutritionist is also certified in diabetes education by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators and in adult weight management by the American Dietetic Association. She authors a monthly nutrition column called FoodSpeak in the Fairfield Citizen-News. In May 2003 our Nutritionist was awarded Young Dietician of the Year by the Connecticut Dietetic Association.

Increasing health care and consumer demand for MNT has led to an increase in insurance reimbursement for MNT services. To find out if your insurance plan covers MNT or for more information regarding our MNT service, contact any of our five office sites.

NEW! You can keep up to date on the latest nutrition information! You can view our Nutritionist, Courtney Sansonetti’s column by going to: fairfieldcitizen-news.com.