Health Coaches and Fit Pros Can Broaden Reach in Clinical Practice

Authors of a recent viewpoint published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association issued a call for clinicians to incorporate more nutrition counseling into their patient interactions to better help people improve health outcomes. The authors noted that our changing healthcare system offers clinicians more opportunities to engage patients in nutrition counseling, though few do. In addition to outlining how various members of the clinical team can help, the authors advised clinicians to develop partnerships with community resources such as nutrition and health coaches and diabetes prevention programs.

Editor’s note: Learn more about adding nutrition information to your training programs in the IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips Bonus Section in the November–December issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian and a recent graduate of the UNC School of Medicine. She has made several appearances as a nutrition expert on CW&#39s San Diego 6, been quoted as a fitness expert in the New York Times, and is an ACE master trainer and award-winning author. She is currently pursuing a residency in pediatrics. Certifications: ACE, ACSM and NSCA

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