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Jean Bauch, R.D., C.D.E.

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows how hard it is to change eating habits, even when change is essential for good health.

Jean Bauch’s patients need nutritional counseling for serious health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity or to lose weight to prevent health problems. The weight-loss industry pushes fad diets and quick fixes, but Jean and her colleagues offer a healthy alternative: sound medical advice, realistic goals, and ongoing support.

Jean has been offering nutrition education for 24 years, and she understands the challenges people face when they try to make long-term changes to their diets. She believes in helping patients discover their inner strengths so they can be successful.

“People are more than a number on a scale,” Jean says, so she and her patient begin by discussing medical history, food preferences, and exercise habits.

No one likes dieting, Jean admits, so she helps patients focus on the positive. “I believe in telling people what they can eat and do. ”She shows patients what they are already doing well; those good habits become the foundation for change. Jean works with patients to set realistic goals so they can experience success and feel more confident.

If a patient has problems sticking to their nutrition program, Jean offers reassurance. “I never let anyone tell me they were ‘bad,’ ” she says. “This is a learning experience; let’s try to problem-solve and work on making little changes that lead to big improvements."

Helping patients learn a new way of living is the best part of her job, Jean says. “I love seeing people leave my office saying, ‘Oh, I get it!’”