Nutrition Services

Regional Health Rapid City Hospital Nutrition Services want to help you make healthy choices about your diet. Sessions with a registered dietitian can be scheduled through your doctor or on an individual basis.

What is your body saying about your diet?

  • Waist Size: If your waist size is above average you are at risk for a variety of health problems. Use this quick guide to determine your waist size.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI): Use these simple tools to determine your body mass index.
  • Poor Eating Habits: Poor eating habits lead to health problems. A registered dietitian can help you develop successful diet strategies. Click here for more information.
  • Pediatric Clinical Growth: Charts
  • Dietary guidelines for Americans

What can a registered dietitian (RD) do for you?

Regional Health Rapid City Hospital​ offers nutritional counseling in the following areas:

  • Allergies
  • Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • General nutrition and wellness
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Oncology (cancer, chemotherapy)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pediatric and adolescent nutrition
  • Renal (pre-dialysis kidney failure)
  • Sports nutrition
  • Vegetarian lifestyles
  • Weight management and obesity

Why should I see a registered dietitian?
You should meet one-on-one with an expert to learn how nutrition can incorporated into your diet. A registered dietitian can answer questions about proper nutrition, help improve your food choices, and set up a nutrition program. A registered dietitian also can provide guidance on specialized nutrition and diets based on specific health concerns.

What credentials does a registered dietitian hold?
A registered dietitian is a professional who has at least a four-year college degree with additional training, such as an internship, and has passed a national registration exam. Licensed nutritionists (LNs) are certified by the State of South Dakota, showing they are qualified to give quality advice. All dietitians at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital are RDs and LNs.

What can I expect from a nutrition consultation?
At the first visit the dietitian learns about your health and nutrition concerns, and you learn about science-based nutrition that could improve the way you eat. You will talk about your lifestyle and goals at each visit. Our dietitians are trained to create a program that fits into your life. They believe that people can make changes in small, steady steps to reach their final goals.

How long does each visit take?
The first visit usually takes one hour. The number and length of future visits will be decided at this time. Some people are happy with what they have learned in one visit. However, most people need at least one or two extra visits to review how well they are doing with their nutrition program and goals. We are here to encourage and guide you in making changes and reaching your goals.

I’ve decided to see a dietitian. What do I do now?
Start with a call to your doctor as insurance may cover your visit if you meet certain medical conditions. Insurance will only cover the visit if you have a written doctor prescription for “medical nutrition therapy." It is a good idea to check with your insurance company to see if your visits are covered. You can schedule an appointment with the registered dietitian and, if you would like, the hospital can bill your insurance company. If you do not qualify for insurance or your insurance does not cover medical nutrition therapy with a registered dietitian,  you will be billed and expected to pay for your visit.