Also known as Dietary Counseling

Helping you develop healthy eating habits for a lifetime

Nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham offers specialized nutrition services to help you improve your eating habits and maximize your overall health. Our registered dietitians work with you to understand your background and goals.

We develop a personalized medical nutrition therapy program just for you. Your program is part of the treatment plan for your specific illness, injury or condition.

Specialty Nutrition Services

Our nutrition team offers specialty services for a variety of health conditions:

If you have diabetes, contact BID Needham's Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at 781-453-8525 to meet with registered dietitian, Kevin Crawley, CDE, RD, LDN.

Our Location

We are conveniently located one mile from BID Needham at the Needham Outpatient Nutrition Clinic. We offer office appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

What to Expect

Get more details on what to expect when you meet with the BID Needham nutrition team.
Your Food Diary

If possible, we ask that you keep a written record of all foods that you eat for three days prior to your visit. Be specific. Include the time you ate and the amount that you ate. If you’re seeking nutrition counseling because you’re experiencing symptoms when you eat certain foods, please also record your symptoms before, during and after meals.

Download the food diary template.

Insurance Coverage

We recommend you call your insurance provider before your first appointment to make sure nutrition appointments are covered under your plan.

Ask your insurance provider:

  • Does your insurance plan cover nutrition counseling?
  • If you are covered, do you need a referral from your physician?
  • Are you allowed a certain number of nutrition appointments per calendar year?
Length of Appointment

Initial one-on-one visits last about an hour. We encourage you to come for follow-up visits so we can monitor your progress and answer any new questions you may have. Follow-up appointments usually last between 30–45 minutes.

Conditions We Help Manage

With medical nutritional therapy, we can help you manage these and other conditions:
  • Bone and joint health
  • Disordered or emotional eating
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Geriatric nutrition
  • Kidney disease
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Prenatal nutrition
  • Tube feedings
  • Weight management

Services & Specialties

Your BID Needham nutrition team will coordinate your care with other specialty providers across our hospital.

Providing Exceptional Nutrition Services

Our nutrition teams work closely with patients to help them implement practical diet and lifestyle changes.

Kate Zebrowski, RD, LDN

Make an Appointment

To speak with a member of our nutrition team, please call us.