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Nutrition Services Branch

275 East Main Street, HS2W-D
Frankfort, Ky. 40621
(502) 564-3827
(800) 462-6122

The Medical Nutrition Therapy Program

Medical nutrition therapy is a service provided by public health departments to improve quality of life while maximizing limited health care system resources. Nutrition is a major element of life and plays a vital role in growth and development.

Nutrition in the form of medical nutrition therapy has several major components:

  • Only provided by registered dietitian/licensed dietitian or certified nutritionist;
  • Includes current assessment of nutritional status;
  • Includes an individualized diet and activity plan that takes into consideration an individual's personal preferences, the influence of medications, current health and family health history, appropriate types of physical activity and any eating problems;
  • Supports the healing process or assists in preventing further complications or future illnesses.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Guidelines

KRS 310 - Dietitians and Nutritionists

The Providers

The Medical Nutrition Therapy program can help promote optimal health.

Registered dietitians/licensed dietitians who design nutrition plans have more than five years of training in nutrition and nutritional science. No other health care professional has this level of training in nutrition. These professionals are health care team members who advise doctors and nurses on specific nutrition care plan for patients.

See the Medical Nutrition Referral Listing for contacts in your county. 

The Cost Savings

Medical nutrition therapy has been shown to provide treatment that results in cost savings for the health care system.

For instance, diabetes is a costly and debilitating disease. With MNT as a treatment component, people with Type 2 diabetes have been able to discontinue or decrease oral medication with a diet and exercise plan. In a 10-year study of Type 1 diabetes through the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, optimal blood glucose control reduced the risk of complications by 60 percent.

A Massachusetts study, which included MNT for hypercholesterolemia, demonstrated cost savings of $1,300 per patient per year.

A study in Maine outlined a therapy using MNT for hypertension that decreased the dosage of medication and provided estimated 5-year cost savings of more than $900.

 More information on the Kentucky Diabetes Control Program Web page

Services In Kentucky

In Kentucky, public health departments can provide medical nutrition therapy for people with or without insurance. The registered dietitian/licensed dietitian or certified nutritionist offers this service in 104 of 120 counties (see link to map below). Besides individual counseling, RD/LDs or CNs also provide group nutrition education that may include speaking to a high school class about eating disorders, conducting grocery store tours to view healthy food choices, food demonstrations and cooking classes or working weight loss support groups. Call your local health department to tap into the exciting world of nutrition.

Counties without Registered Dietitians, Licensed Dietitians, or Certified Nutritionists coverage

 Listing of Kentucky local health departments


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