Nutritional Counseling

Managing your weight with healthy food choices and exercise is the best approach according to experts. At the YMCA, we know that healthy living, health and wellness and fitness include a balanced mix of physical exercise and healthy nutrition.

The YMCA is committed to helping you succeed with both exercise and nutrition.

Nutrition Counseling

At the Y, we care about your holistic health and what you eat is just as important as your physical fitness. We want to make the journey easier for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, so we've partnered with area registered dieticians to make scheduling appointments even easier by opening up our Y for sessions. 

Why work with a Registered Dietitian?
You will receive on-going support, personalized information, amazing recipes, motivation, sample grocery lists, meal planning assistance, advice on avoiding fad diets, objective feedback and tools to avoid lifestyle diseases.

What can I learn from a Registered Dietitian that I can't learn online? 
Personalized nutrition: Registered Dietitians have the expertise to customize dietary information and devise a plan that is specific to you and your families’ personal health and wellness goals 

There is so much conflicting nutrition information out there. I don't know where to start or who to trust.
Registered dietitians can eliminate confusing and widespread nutrition recommendations and offer sound, relevant advice. Registered Dietitians make it their business to stay up to date on nutrition and health news, trends, and research. 

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and other nutrition specialists?
Credentials. Registered Dietitians must be credentialed and licensed and they have completed rigorous schooling and training.  

What are the benefits of regular meetings with a Registered Dietitian?
Accountability. Registered Dietitians will provide on-going motivation and support as you attempt to make permanent and lifestyle-appropriate dietary changes. 

What if I'm worried about giving up the foods I love to eat?
Registered Dietitians know food and love food too! A dietitian can make it healthy, while tasting great, with the added benefit of helping you feel your very best. 

What are the long-term benefits of working with a Registered Dietitian? 
A Registered Dietitian help you manage common conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. In addition, food and nutrition are also strongly related to autoimmune conditions, infertility, problems with sleep, and anxiety... all of which a dietician can help you address with the right food and nutrients.  

Sessions are by appointment only, and there is a per-hour fee. However, many health insurance organizations offer free nutritional counseling as part of their plans. 

YMCA locations for Nutrition counseling 

A.E. Finley YMCA
Laura Holt,

Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA
Lucy Hayhurst,

Durham YMCAs
Lucy Hayhurst, RD, LDN and Kristen Norton, RD, LDN

Taylor Family YMCA