Eating healthy can seem confusing with the barrage of nutrition information we are exposed to in today’s world. Sometimes, it is helpful to speak one-on-one with a nutrition professional, in order to determine what is the best nutritional path for YOU, given your personal needs, preferences and health concerns.
At St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, we offer customized nutrition counseling for general wellness, weight management, diabetes, heart disease, and many other health concerns, presented by Registered Dietitians (RD).
What is an RD and How is It Different Than a Nutritionist?
The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. In New York State, there is a Certification for Dietitians/Nutritionists (CDN). The requirements to attain a CDN are the same for an RD, with an added fee to the Department of Education in New York.
Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
Our outpatient dietitians at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital are credentialed with RDs.
Many insurance plans cover nutrition counseling services. To schedule an outpatient appointment, call
845-458-4000, or click on “Schedule an Outpatient Test” on the website and find Nutrition Counseling under “Other Services”.
If you would like to speak directly with a Registered Dietitian, please call 845-568-2454.