Nutrition Counseling

Contact and Hours






By appointment

Appointment Information

A referral from your Yale Health clinician is required to schedule a nutrition appointment. Referrals will be reviewed and you will receive a call to schedule your appointment.

A late cancellation/no show fee may apply for appointments canceled or rescheduled less than 24 hours in advance (including telephone appointments). Visit the Late Cancellation/No Show Fees page to review details.


Nutrition consultations are appropriate for children and adults who would benefit from medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling due to medical concerns. Examples of this are people who have:

  • diabetes;
  • pre-diabetes;
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS);
  • high cholesterol;
  • high triglycerides;
  • high blood pressure;
  • a BMI under 18.5 or over 30 ;
  • a BMI under 5th percentile or over 95th percentile (for pediatrics);
  • gastrointestinal disorders;
  • food allergies;
  • or disordered eating.

At your appointment the nutritionist will ask you questions in order to understand your eating and activity habits and to develop a plan for improving your nutritional status. The appointment typically takes between 45 to 60 minutes.

Keeping a food diary for up to a week prior to your appointment will help to get a better glimpse of your eating habits. Use the Serving Size Comparison Chart to help you estimate portion sizes.

Our Staff


  • Becky Purcell, MS, RD, CDN

  • Alisa Scherban, MPH, RD, CDE

Frequently Asked Questions

I just found out I have a medical problem and need to change my diet, but my appointment with the nutritionist isn't for a few weeks. Is there anything I can do?

A wait list is available for nutrition appointments that become open due to cancellations.  If you would like to be placed on the wait list, let the Nutrition receptionist know.

How can I find a healthy weight for me?

You should always feel free to speak with your primary care clinician about this issue.  Use the BMI calculator on the CDC page to calculate your body mass index.

What is the best way to lose about 15 pounds?

There are many sustainable lifelong changes you can make to lose weight that can be safe and effective.

Keep in mind that the keys for successful weight control are eating breakfast regularly, exercising for about an hour most days of the week, eating a balanced diet (click here for more information) and checking your weight on a regular basis. Writing down what you eat can also help you identify areas for improvement.

If you would like to track your caloric intake, free calorie counters can be found at and Most men need between 1,800-2,200 calories to lose weight, while women can generally lose weight by eating 1,200-1,500 calories.