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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine


Family Medicine
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Nutrition Services & Patient Education

Message from Kay Craven, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE, Section Head...

Kay Craven

Many patients share their desire to eat healthier and feel better, but they find the myriad of messages from TV, internet, friends, and family to be confusing.Here at Family Medicine, we have qualified Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) who are trained to deliver evidence-based nutrition care to you and your family.Our RDNs are trained to help patients in a variety of ways including losing, maintaining, or gaining weight, preventing or managing diabetes and heart disease, preparing for pregnancy, managing food allergies and sensitivities, addressing and managing eating disorders, improving physical performance through diet, and highlighting the ways in which eating more healthfully can improve patients' overall well-being. While many health care professionals and coaches are able to provide general food and nutrition information, our RDNs are licensed professionals who have the skills and knowledge of food to help you find the right eating approach for you and your family.

The RDNs and certified diabetes educators (CDE) in the Nutrition Services and Patient Education Section are working to:

  • provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to adults, children and youth

  • teach medical students, residents, and attending physicians as well as other health professionals how to assess and counsel their patients about health-promoting and disease-treating diets and physical activity

  • provide programs on food and nutrition for community groups

  • maintain timely and relevant nutrition education materials on the Family Medicine website.

We work with our Family Physicians to assure that our patients receive appropriate nutrition care.

Kay Craven, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE
Section Head, Nutrition Services and Patient Education
cravenk@ecu.edu