Nutrition Counseling

No need to be shy… or worry… about our nutrition counseling services. We’re not here to judge. We don’t scold anyone. And we won’t torture you with broccoli.

We listen first. Because understanding your life and your needs and your unique situation is the first step to helping you live better. And that’s why we’re here.

You’ll find sitting down with our nutrition expert will open a whole new exciting door to delicious food that’s healthy, too. She’ll help you create your own personalized action plan to get you on the fast track to reaching realistic goals that are right for you.

Nutrition counseling options include:

  • Weight reduction
  • Heart health
  • Allergies
  • General healthy eating
  • Eat to thrive
  • Eating disorders

Free group presentations are available on a regular basis. Plus, our nutritionist can customize a talk or seminar just for your club, community group, or business.

Call today to find out more or to schedule an appointment (608-342-5025).

Meet Joan Bahr, RD, CDE

joah-bahr_mg_8972A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Joan attended North Dakota State University before earning her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Colorado State University. She also completed a Master’s Degree in Project Management at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Over the years, Joan has enjoyed a healthy career at Southwest Health, during which she has helped countless people find new ways to eat well and live well. She never stops learning and is always eager to listen, share, and bring new ideas to her individual clients and her presentation audiences.

What to expect at your first meeting… and beyond

At Southwest Health, you are always our #1 priority. That’s why we’ll start with finding out more about you and your goals, needs, and reasons for contacting us. We’ll take our opportunity together to explore the relevant parts of your medical and family history, and we’ll ask about any medications and supplements you’re taking. Lifestyle, stress levels and sources of stress, sleep patters, typical energy levels, activity levels and preferences, and how your digestive system feels and functions for you now are all factors we’ll explore together. We’ll talk about what you’re eating regularly now and learn about your food and cooking preferences. With all that under our belts, we can talk more about what’s working for you and what’s not. And, we’ll put together some ideas for you and outline a healthy direction for you to start with.

We’ll follow up with you after that first appointment and offer you some further quick and easy adjustments to work into your meals. This of is as homework that you control. Or assignments that will move you toward your goals.

How long will this take?

Most of our clients see us two or three times. People who are ready to learn and ready to change, tweak, and adjust their habits and lifestyle are those that find the most success the fastest. Others like a little more accountability or ongoing guidance. In either case, you’re in control. And your success is our success. Down the road, you might find it helpful to schedule a refresher appointment to be sure you’re staying on track and meeting your goals.

How much does this cost?

More often than not, nutritional counseling is not covered by insurance. But, we recommend contacting your insurance company to be sure of your benefits. Ultimately, if eating better and living healthier means you maintain a healthier weight, reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol, you’ll likely also take fewer medications, take fewer supplements, make fewer appointments to see your doctors, and suffer far less anxiety. Moving forward toward your goals can potentially save you big, not only in dollars and medications and lost time and hassles at healthcare appointments but also in getting you to a higher quality of life.

Will I have to give up all my favorite foods?

Not at all. We are in this together, and we understand that enjoying food is important to everyone’s ongoing health and happiness. We’ll help you define realistic goals, and we’ll give you the tools you need to get there. We know that flexibility is the order of the day and that small changes (and tasty ones) have the best chances of success. Above all, we want you to feel in control, so you can continue making all the progress you deserve.