SAN RAMON, Calif., Oct. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Obesity in America has reached troubling proportions; between 2013 and 2014, 37.9 percent of adults over 20 were considered obese. Public health officials have pointed to several factors, including larger portions, increased fast food consumption, and increasing reliance on foods prepared outside of the home. Many Americans also struggle with proper nutrition, eating too little fruits, vegetables, dairy, and healthy oils. Dietitians can help consumers understand the importance of a balanced diet, but visits can be costly and aren't always covered by insurance. Financial Education Benefits Center (FEBC), a member benefits company that offers health and wellness resources acknowledges that easier access to dietitians may improve consumers' nutrition understanding and ability to make healthy dietary choices.
"Dietary habits can be hard to break without encouragement or coaching," said Jennifer Martinez, Manager at FEBC. "Not everyone knows how to start, or even how to properly read nutrition labels. That's where a dietitian can be helpful."
Dietitians can help with a number of nutritional services, such as weight loss and creating meal plans for medical conditions like celiac's disease. Grocery stores across the nation are increasingly offering in-house dietitians who can help consumers make healthy choices as they shop. Some of their services are free while others charge a small fee, making it a great option for people who may be low-income or lack insurance. The dietitian can follow shoppers through the store, helping them understand nutrition labels, figure out healthy snacks, how to integrate more fruits and vegetables into their diets, and even suggest new recipes.
"The great thing about having a dietitian at a grocery store is that you're already there to shop for food," said Martinez. "It's easier for you to follow through with the advice you get, and harder for you to be tempted to make unhealthy purchases."
Providing phone consultations with dietitians is another way to help consumers make healthier dietary choices. While remote dietitians can provide many of the same suggestions as an in-store dietitian, clients have the added convenience of being able to talk to them while they're at home, giving them a chance to discuss the dietary choices they already have in their kitchen. Consumers can easily fit in a dietary discussion during a lunch break, between errands, or while traveling for business. Phone consults can also be a great option for those with mobility issues who may have trouble getting to an office or grocery store. With FEBC's telemedicine benefits, certain members can receive certified medical advice on non-urgent matters, including dietary advice.
"Knowing how to eat healthily isn't always easy, but having resources like a dietitian can help a lot," stated Martinez. "At FEBC, we support a healthy lifestyle and hope our members take advantage of the benefits we offer to improve their health and wellness."
About Financial Education Benefits Center
Financial Education Benefits Center is located in San Ramon, California. The membership company has already helped thousands save money and obtain the necessary education required to live a financially healthy life.
Financial Education Benefits Center has partnered with several name brand third-party companies to expand the financial and educational products and services available to its members and to provide a variety of wellness services as well.
To learn more about Financial Education Benefits Center, please contact:
Financial Education Benefits Center
2010 Crow Canyon Place Ste. 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
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