Integrative Functional Nutrition FAQ
What is Integrative Nutrition?
Integrative nutrition reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and client, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
What is Functional Nutrition?
Functional nutrition identifies and addresses nutritional problems associated with disease, using a systems-oriented approach by focusing on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems as it relates to diet and nutrition. Functional nutrition practitioners develop individualized diet, nutrition and lifestyles plans for people. Please note it's not all about a person's weight and weight loss... there are numerous factors for healthy living.
What is a Certified Nutrition Specialist?
A certified nutrition specialist (CNS) is an advanced, credentialed professional who promotes healthy lifestyles by guiding people to smart food choices. Certified nutrition specialist's have fulfilled the rigorous requirements of the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists to certify their knowledge of nutrition science. Unlike registered dietitians who prescribe nutrition therapy, Certified nutrition specialist's organize public health programs that teach about healthy diets
What Certified Nutrition Specialists Do
Certified nutrition specialists are food experts who help clients or the public reach health-related goals by customizing meal plans. Certified nutrition specialist's often work with people diagnosed with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and other chronic conditions. It's their job to suggest the right eating habits that improve nutrition and overall health. A certified nutrition specialist begins by assessing each individual client's needs. Then, the CNS promotes effective dietary changes by following the latest nutritional research. They'll continue offering nutrition education and coaching while monitoring the progress of their clients. Certified nutrition specialists could also organize community initiatives or plan food service programs.
Where Certified Nutrition Specialists Practice
Depending on their specialty, certified nutrition specialists could work in various settings. Most are employed by public health, social service, community welfare, and government agencies. Some CNSs work in hospitals to help patients recover alongside dietitians. A certified nutrition specialist could open a private practice or consulting firm. Other popular workplaces include outpatient care centers, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and schools. A few CNSs find employment in food service management companies to develop healthy menus. Nearly all certified nutrition specialists work full-time. Irregular hours in evenings and on weekends may be required to meet with clients at more convenient times.
Differences between CNS, RD and CCN:
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