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Location:Laredo, TX
Benefits:Health Benefits, Dental, 403(B), Holidays, Paid Time Off
Employment Type:Full Time
Positions Needed:1
Description:Counsel individuals and groups on nutritional practices designed to prevent/manage disease and promote good health. Evaluates individual needs; develop nutritional care plans; instruct individuals and their families; performs nutrition screenings; and offers advice on diet-related concerns such as weight loss, cholesterol, diabetes and other chronic diseases/conditions.
Duties:• Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans, to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
• Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient.
• Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.
• Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.
• Develop policies (related to diet and nutrition) for disease management programs to assist in health promotion and disease control.
• Develop curriculum and prepare manuals, visual aids, course outlines, and other materials used in teaching.
• Coordinate diet counseling services.
• Plan and conduct training programs in dietetics, and nutrition, health-care personnel, health promoters and the general public.
• Function as part of a team while being self-motivated and self-directed.
• Maintains strict confidentiality of patient information and patient records.
• Serves as resource and nutrition specialist for the behavioral health program and the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program staff.
• Supports Program Director in program development, implementation and oversight.
• Able to successfully interact with people from diverse backgrounds and occupations.
• Travels to all four clinic sites as requested.
• Maintains strict confidentiality of patient information and patient records.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:• Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, health sciences or related field required.
• Three years’ experience in nutritional education and disease management teaching/counseling.
• Active affiliation with appropriate Dietetic networks and organizations, eg American Dietetic Association (ADA), Texas Dietetic Association, etc.
• Must possess a car with insurance coverage and a valid Texas Driver’s License.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

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