Nutrition FAQ

  1. How does insurance coverage work?
  2. When can I make an appointment to see a dietitian?
  3. What diagnoses might be covered?
  4. I've never seen a nutritionist before. What should I expect?
  5. How much do you charge?
  6. Do I have to be a gym member to see a nutritionist?


How does insurance coverage work?

Begin by calling your insurance carrier to find out if you have nutrition benefits and if a referral is needed. The next step is calling your physician to request a referral, if needed, and a prescription for nutrition counselling for your medical diagnosis.


When can I make an appointment to see a dietitian?
We can book your appointment once we have your referral on file and your diagnosis from your PCP. Currently there is about a one to two-week waiting period.


What diagnoses might be covered?
Many diagnoses can benefit from medical nutrition therapy. Common ones include:

  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Diverticulosis
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis
  • Constipation
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Hypothyroidism
  • GERD or reflux

This isn’t a complete list, of course, so ask your physician if nutrition therapy is right for you and your heath conditions.


I've never seen a nutritionist before. What should I expect?
The dietitians at Fitness Unlimited are Registered Dietitians with years of experience helping thousands of clients reach their goals. First appointments are an hour long, and you and the dietitian will discuss your medical, family, exercise and dieting history, as well as getting a picture of your eating habits. During your second one-hour session, the RD will go over her assessment of your diet and offer nutrition education. Next, you will be given a personalized food plan tailored just for you and a food diary to log your meals. At this point, if required, you and your dietitian can set 30-minute follow-up visits.


How much do you charge?
We charge your co-pay amount, which is stated as "OV" (office visit) on your insurance card. If you need to cancel, we ask for a courtesy call 24 hours prior to your appointment,. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be required to pay for the session.


Do I have to be a gym member to see a nutritionist?
You do not have to be a Fitness Unlimited member to visit our dietitians, but exercise will most likely be part of your wellness plan!