What is a Registered Dietitian?
The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential is a legally protected title that can be used only by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Yes, there is a difference between the two. While some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” please be aware that not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist.“ In other states, however, virtually anyone can call him or herself a “nutritionist,” regardless of education or training.
What are the qualifications of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned at minimum a four-year degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry.
  • Completed 1,000+hrs of an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency and foodservice corporation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
What should I expect during the initial visit?
During your first consultation with Helen you can expect to take a complete medical and social history, explore goals, previous diets and their outcomes, your relationship with food and family history. Helen will help develop strategies to accomplish your goals and coach you along the way.
Is it okay to snack?
Snacking can help or hurt a healthful diet. The difference depends on what you choose and how much you eat. Whether you like to munch, nibble, or simply quench the mid-afternoon “hungries,” you can make snacking work for you. It just takes a little planning.
Does insurance cover Professional Nutrition Consultations?
ProNutrition accepts Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield/PPO Blue and UPMC Health Plans. They may or may not offer coverage for Medical Nutrition Therapy. Carefully investigate the type of coverage you have. Payment and applicable insurance reimbursements are the responsibilities of the client. Payment is expected at the time of your appointment. Checks should be made payable to Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC. Credit cards are also accepted.

You will be provided with a receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. Individual appointments are scheduled for a specific time. A $25 cancellation fee will be billed to the individual for the missed appointment unless the RD is notified of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance.

How do I book an appointment?
Click on the Book An Appointment tab at the top of the page.
Can I use your services if I live out of state?
Yes, Personal Nutrition Coaching can take place in person or over the phone. Helen is also available for consultations via email, FaceTime and Skype.
Can I schedule an appointment for my child?
Yes, children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Consultations take place at Helen’s office.
What is the difference between Fat Free, Reduced Fat and Lite?
  • Low fat means 3 grams of fat or less per serving (or per 100 grams of food)
  • Reduced fat means the food product contains 50% (or less) of the fat found in the regular version
  • Less fat means 25% or less fat than the comparison food
  • Fat free means the product has less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving, with no added fat or oil
  • Light (fat) means 50% or less of the fat than in the regular version
  • Light (calories) means 1/3 fewer calories than the regular version

See what people are saying

Realizing you have an eating disorder is one thing, admitting it is another.  Doing something about it can seem overwhelming.  When you have help along the recovery route, it becomes manageable and you can begin to unlearn the old habits and replace them with better ones.  My focus had always been on weight, exercise and calories at the expense of nutrition.  Once I was ready to start addressing it, Helen helped me break things down into small digestible steps that I can learn one at a time.  In less than two months my back pain has improved, my body and mind feel better and while I still have a lot to learn, the difference I’ve noticed in six weeks is remarkable. Helen doesn’t use the word diet.  Rather, she focuses on your individual needs and helps you address things one by one.  I’m grateful to have her guide the nutrition side of my recovery.


Dave E, age 34

Although my goal is weight loss, Helen has an attitude and approach that doesn’t make me feel judged, outcasted, or downgraded. Her focus is on healthy lifestyle changes and not the number on the scale. I lost my first 20 lbs in less than 3 months, even with numerous celebration and parties. Helen encouraged me to have fun and enjoy my time. It makes what she teaches you realistic. This isn’t a fad diet.  It is a new way of life and a reasonable one!

 


Christine C age 27

During high school, I was a three-sport athlete and I went from working out 5 to 7 days a week to starting college and living away from home during the pandemic. I found myself not having access to a gym or healthy meals and it resulted in weight gain and stress. Helen helped me set achievable goals and balance nutrition and exercise. I have more energy, lost the weight I had gained, and feel good about myself again.


Emily K age 18

I have made it to the gym 3 days in a row.  One day my husband came also. I am trying Helen’s recipes and have decided to cook ahead on Saturday. Thank you for helping me reach my goals and as you say, “It is for me and my health”…I do feel better over all!  I share what I have learned with others.  And people are coming out of the wood work, coming up to me saying what a change they see in me.  I am looking forward to wearing shorts this summer. I haven’t worn any for 3 yrs…. just capri’s!


Heidi Erie, PA

I cannot express my gratitude enough to Helen Agresti of Professional Nutrition Consulting.

Recently, while at a social gathering, I was talking about the summer and all it will hold this year. Although tiring…the summer was full of activity. Helen smiled warmly and then noticed, as I proceeded to go through my third glass of water…not the water all the ice I was chewing. She mentioned this may be a sign of low iron. Upon her recommendation, I visited my family physician and had blood work done. One week later, the letter arrived. I am indeed anemic and need to start a Iron supplement immediately. Helen has always been a true champion for her clients, but it is also her skillful and comprehensive approach to her work that allows her clients to reach their true potentials. Through casual conversation, she demonstrated how she crosses into all aspects of her expertise…healthy on the inside and outside.

Many many thanks and so much Gratitude!


Michele Erie, PA

Helen has really helped me get the most out of my diet and exercise plan. She taught me to really understand the nutrition label and how to make healthier choices that make a difference. Helen doesn’t use the word “diet” I have learned from her that I am making a lifestyle change. She is easy to work with and has a lot of great ideas to make your favorite meals healthier.


Lisa, Erie, PA

I am so thankful for finding Helen. She has been great in helping me lose weight (over 20 pounds!) but more importantly, helping me learn to live a healthier lifestyle with food and exercise. Helen is very patient and encouraging on this journey. I have learned to read labels better and also the importance of putting the right combination of foods together for sustainable energy. There are no gimmicks or prepackaged foods with Helen. It is about making right choices, eating whole foods and exercising. Thank you, Helen!


Evelyn Titusville, PA

I have never been able to lose weight until I met Helen. She is a great motivator and always has a smile and something good to say to me in a positive way. Before seeing Helen twice a month I ate chips, cookies, crackers and all the quick and fattening foods that are easy to get and a quick fix. I now go to the gym and swim and exercise when before I sat and ate all evening. Now I have lost almost 25 pounds and I feel so much better. To be continued!!


Natalie Erie, PA

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Professional Nutrition Consulting provides professional advice by educating clients on their individual nutritional needs. We believe fueling our body with the proper variety and portion of foods at consistent times of the day will lead to a healthier life.