Thursday, June 2, 2011
A new business has opened at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 800 Sprague Ave. Owned by registered dietitian Diane Benfield, All About Nutrition opened in mid-April.
Benfield provides nutritional expertise in consultations with clients as part of a health care team. She works with clients with a variety of nutritional concerns including food allergies, eating disorders, diabetes, weight management, gastrointestinal disorders and more. Additional services include personalized meal planning, grocery education tours and corporate wellness programs. She has done presentations for local companies on nutrition and wellness.
"There are a whole variety of problems that are nutritionally related," she said. "I listen to the client and find out where they are and what their diet history is and their activity level. I do a nutritional assessment, to find out their nutritional needs right now. Are they happy with their weight, what are their eating habits now?"
She can get referrals from physicians to work with them for a patient. Often the issues are weight control and diabetes. "So much of the time diabetes can be prevented just by getting to a healthy weight." It basically comes down to using more calories than you're taking in, Benfield said.
From 1998 to last winter she worked as a registered dietitian with the Washington State Department of Corrections and prior to that she worked as the director of foodservice at Blue Mountain Medical & Rehabilitation Center. She also worked in Missouri as the director of food and nutrition services for Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe.
She is a preferred provider for several insurance companies. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 200-2062 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at All About Nutrition Walla Walla.