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Features Health & Wellness Macon County Public Health now offers Medical Nutrition Therapy

Registered dietitian Melanie Batchelor offers nutritional counseling at the Macon County Public Health Center.As chronic disease rates are rising throughout the country, so is the need for education and motivation for healthy lifestyle changes. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care.

Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving medical nutrition therapy. During an MNT visit, registered dietitians counsel clients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health.

Macon County Public Health is now offering MNT services to children, young adults ages 20 and under, pregnant and postpartum women, and to those with diabetes.

These services will be provided by the staff dietitian at the health center. Certain health insurances will cover the fees associated with MNT services and for those without insurance, and fees will be based on income.

In order to receive MNT services at the Macon County Public Health Center, a physician’s referral form must be completed and sent to the Health Center.

For more information about Medical Nutrition Therapy services being offered by Macon County Public Health, contact Melanie Batchelor, Registered Dietitian, at (828)349-2440 or mbatchelor@ maconnc. org.

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