To improve patient outcomes, we need to start with better nutrition assessments. Current assessment tools do not help practitioners and patients know current total nutrition and if it gives their body what it needs to run better. Without this information it is impossible to create better nutrition recommendations for better health outcomes.
We have so much information on nutrition, fitness, genetics, and all of these testing modalities,” said Koff. “We’ve moved far from actually asking someone what they get in from a food standpoint and how they’re taking in nutrients in totality for the day.”Ashley Koff RD, CEO, The Better Nutrition Program speaking at Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2019
How do we know current nutrition assessment tools working?
The following three paragraphs are an excerpt the article “Better Nutrition Tools for Better Patient Outcomes” by Katherine Rushlau CPT.
Our nutrition assessment tools, like body mass index (BMI), do not accurately predict health status and risk. A 2019 study in the International Journal of Obesity found that nearly half of individuals who are considered healthy by way of BMI were metabolically healthy, as were 19 million people with a BMI associated with obesity. However 30 percent of individuals in the normal or healthy BMI range were metabolically unhealthy.
In addition, current health checkups and tools are not necessarily helpful for better patient outcomes, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, which in 2015 included a study that found annual physical exams did not lead to improvements or longer, healthier lives.
Koff shared the above research with practitioners at the 2019 Integrative Healthcare Symposium. She then noted that while patients are frustrated, so too are their practitioners. “Using current assessment tools, because bloodwork only tells us nutrients in the blood, genetic testing only shows the potential risk for some conditions, BMI doesn’t tell us anything about body composition, and food journals are not as comprehensive as they should be. Fortunately, there’s something better.”
What are better nutrition assessment tools?
There are many ways someone can take in nutrients today. A better nutrition assessment helps the practitioner and patient identify all the different ways to identify total intake and to see if it is better for the patient’s body. The better nutrition program provides evaluations for nutrients like magnesium, potassium, sodium as well as for specific health concerns like heart health and for patient populations like the better men’s nutrition evaluation. These are the first and only tools to assess total nutrition intake.
“I am loving the evaluation forms and using them with my clients. They are loving them!Kathy Kreis RN, Coach
How do you use a better nutrition tool for better patient outcomes?
If you are a practitioner, you can use the tools as intake forms sent ahead of an appointment. You can also ask the questions during your session with your patient. Sending the patient home with the tools is another option that can help you both get additional information for review at your follow-up appointment. If you are a patient, you can take the quizzes and share them with your practitioner via email or print and bring into your appointment. If you are not sure which tools are better for you to start using, take the better nutrition quiz for our recommendations.
“I love the men’s better nutrition evaluation! I’ve had over 30 guys use it so far and for every one of them we found something that could be better to help them win”Myles Spar, MD
What is the best way to get started using better nutrition tools?
Here is an easy way to learn more about using better nutrition tools in your practice. Whether you are a nurse, dietitian, health coach, doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, therapist, physician’s assistant or any other practitioner, you can improve patient outcomes with better nutrition assessments like those offered here. You can also text BETTERNUTRITION to 44222 to get the Better Nutrition QuickStart guide FREE.
Investing in your health – time, money, efforts – and not getting better results? That’s not better. Better Nutrition assessment tools help you focus your investment on what needs to be better for you to get and stay healthy.Ashley Koff RD