Education vs MNT: Intake Processes to Grow Your Dietitian Business with Lawyer Danielle Liss

In this episode, we delve into the nuanced world of providing nutrition-related education and counseling, particularly in relation to medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and licensure regulations. We explore the distinctions between general nutrition education and MNT, emphasizing the importance of maintaining clarity in your practice. The conversation covers the use of generalized educational materials, the value of consistent intake forms for clients, and specific state requirements related to MNT. Our discussion underscores the significance of understanding state statutes, regulations, and exceptions to determine if your practice complies with licensure standards. To help you navigate these complexities, we share resources and tools, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' map of licensure regulations in different states. Ultimately, we highlight the importance of ensuring your practice aligns with your state's requirements to serve your clients effectively.

"As long as what you feel you are doing is education based and you could give the same educational lessons to other people, yeah, I think that's okay."

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • Medical nutrition therapy vs nutrition education

  • Consistent intake forms and standardized approaches can help maintain a clear distinction between general nutrition education and MNT.

  • Distinguishing between general nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is crucial for practicing in compliance with licensure regulations.
  • State-specific regulations and statutes governing nutritional practice.

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