Nutrition counseling is a two-way interaction through which a health professional with special training in nutrition helps people make healthy food choices and form healthy eating habits. The health professional can interpret the results of nutrition assessment, identify individual nutrition needs and goals, discuss ways to meet those goals, and agree on next steps. Nutrition counseling aims to help clients understand important information about their health and focuses on practical actions to address nutrition needs, as well as the benefits of behavior change. The health professional provides information, educational materials, support, and follow-up to help the individual make and maintain the needed dietary changes.
General Healthy Eating and Wellness
DeAndrea Payne, MS, DTR, ACSM-CPT
DeAndrea is a nutritionist who is also Registered Dietitian Eligible (RDNE). She completed her didactic program in dietetics from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Following completion of her degree, she attended Saint Louis University where she completed her Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics with a concentration in Nutrition & Physical Performance, while also fulfilling her 1200-hour requirement to sit for her national board exam.
DeAndrea believes in educating about “Health at Every Size (HAES)” over quick fixes and fad diets. Her focus is on providing individualized care to her clients based on evidenced-based practices supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. DeAndrea is passionate about nutrition education and counseling to help patients meet their individual goals and improve their quality of life.