Vergelegen Dietitians Services

One to One consultations

Consultations are one to one appointments with your dietitian where your individual goals or medical outcomes are assessed and discussed. It comprises of initial consultations and follow-up consultations.

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Initial consultation

An initial consultation is usually one hour long and entails a full assessment of your medical history, lifestyle, diet and body composition. The body composition analysis is a detailed assessment of your body fat percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, water levels, weight, and height and waist circumference. We also look at the necessary blood work and biochemistry as well as any other medical test that were performed. We then translate that into individualised dietary guidelines, eating plans and nutrition education to ensure that the individual goals are met and that it is easy and practical to implement.

 

Follow-up consultation

During a follow-up consultation we discuss your personal meal plan in depth, monitor the dietary adjustments and your progress in relation to meeting your goals. Further changes or adjustments are made to fine tune your plan to guarantee success. A follow-up consultation varies between 15 to 30 minutes and the number of follow-ups will depend on your medical condition, dietary and health goals. Research shows frequent follow-ups are associated with improved weight and health outcomes.


Vitality Nutrition Assessments

Vitality’s new weight loss program, Vitality Weight Loss Rewards, will be replacing the traditional Vitality Nutrition Consultation. This program will incentivise members whose BMI and waist circumference are out of range to lose weight over a series of 12-week cycles. These members can earn up to 11 050 points per year. Discovery Vitality will role this out later in 2017.

All Vitality members can also earn 1 000 points for visiting a dietitian in 2017.

(Please note: If you want a personalised meal plan please discuss this directly with your dietitian. This does not form part of the Vitality Nutrition Assessment)


DNA Analysis and Nutrigenomics

DNA Diet

One of the first products of its kind in the world, DNA Diet is designed to assist the healthcare practitioner in the design of a personalised healthy eating plan based on individual genetic differences. DNA Diet also provides additional insight into how each individual reacts to carbohydrates, saturated fats and intensity of exercise, allowing your dietician to further personalise your eating plan to suit your needs.

DNA Health

The DNA Health test is designed to optimise wellbeing and health by personalising lifestyle and diet choices and, where necessary, using supplements tailored to offset any particular nutritional deficit based on specific gene variants. The DNA Health approach assists the healthcare practitioner in establishing the optimal nutrition necessary for good health, longevity and disease risk mitigation.

DNA Oestrogen

80% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history. Oestrogen gene testing may help you lessen your risk. Research has shown that an increased lifetime exposure to oestrogen is a strong risk factor in the development of breast cancer. DNA Oestrogen tests for gene variants that have been shown to have an impact on how oestrogen is processed in your body and if the processing of oestrogen and related compounds is efficient and healthy.

DNA Sport

DNA Sport examines various biological areas that impact training responsiveness and sporting performance. These include soft tissue remodeling, inflammation, blood flow and respiration, energy production and fuel metabolism.

Athletic success results firstly from personalising a training strategy that optimises your genetic potential, and secondly choosing the right lifestyle, nutrition and environmental interactions to optimally express your inherited genes.


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Corporate Wellness

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Giving attention to corporate wellness is important because the majority of an employee's time is spent at the workplace. Many chronic diseases are preventable. According to the CDC, chronic diseases account for 75 percent of total healthcare costs. They are also the most preventable type of disease. We can help creating more awareness and educating your employees to live and eat healthier.

Contact us to discuss a package that will be most suitable to your team. This may include:

  • Wellness Days at work
  • Screening for cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension
  • Workshops, presentations and talks
  • Individual consultations at the workplace

Media consultation, public speaking and workshops

Our team regularly works with the media, do various talks all over the Western Cape and is involved in various workshops related to health and nutrition.


Clinical and hospital nutritional therapy

We provide medical nutrition therapy for patients while they are in hospital. This encompasses the assessment of a patient’s nutritional risk and requirements and then determining the best route of providing nutrition to each patient. This could entail intravenous nutrition, enteral nutrition (tube feeding), or oral nutritional supplementation. Additionally, we provide in-depth nutritional counselling to patients with a wide variety of medical conditions that include, but is not limited to, kidney failure, cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, malnutrition, trauma, and critical care. Although not directly involved with the hospital’s catering department, we do liaise with the food service units to ensure optimal and appropriate therapeutic diets are provided to patients under our care. Patients are either referred by their attending physician or surgeon, or may self-request a consultation with a dietitian during their stay in hospital. 


Why Vergelegen Dietitians?

Nutrition is a science and Vergelegen Dietitians are recognised experts in the field of evidence based nutrition. There are many unscientific health and nutrition publications, fad diets and nutrition gimmicks around. If you consult a dietitian at Vergelegen Dietitians you are protected from misleading treatments and misinformation.

We are a team of dietitians with 50 years of experience between us, in a wide variety of specialties and we practice at the highest national and international standards.

Dietitian vs Nutritionist

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, Registered Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Registered Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.