Nutrition Counseling & Education | Washington DC | Virginia | Maryland

Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling is for anyone who would like to speak with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for a personalized nutrition care plan to address their unique needs and desired health outcomes.

Research shows that nutrition counseling can help you prevent and manage chronic disease, develop long-term, sustainable habits, and feel better overall.

The YMCA Nutrition Counseling Program helps adults find a healthier way of eating that’s right for them.

Together, the dietitian and client will:

  • Assess current nutritional status, and discuss desired health and lifestyle outcomes
  • Design a personalized nutrition care plan that is aligned with needs and preferences
  • Collaborate on S.M.A.R.T. goals for changing behaviors and building habits
  • Select evidence-based information, tools, strategies, and support for each step of the journey

Sessions are conducted on Zoom.

Yes! Nutrition Counseling is open to all, there are no specific eligibility criteria. You do not even have to be a member to purchase sessions with our Registered Dietitian.

Great question, yes you can! All YMCA members are offered complimentary consults with our Registered Dietitian. Your wellness team will share information about how to access this service in your wellness consult. Didn’t receive a wellness consult, or are a long-term member? You are still eligible for this service, simply email to set up your free consult today.

Nutrition counseling is available for purchase in packages of 1, 3, 6 and 9 sessions.

To get started or request more information, please reach out to Caroline Schmalz, RDN, using her contact information below.

Caroline Schmalz, Community Dietitian 
Phone: 202-329-8984

And look for Caroline at a Y near you!

The Y Nutrition Counseling program surpassed my expectations! I particularly liked that tools and resources were provided for every session and my unique individual experience was considered for setting goals for life style changes. I saw the results: less aggressive cravings for junk food and alternatives for healthy snacks made it easy to sustain and I no longer have prediabetes. I highly recommend this program.

Working with Caroline helped me to look at my diet from a holistic perspective. We were able to focus on the areas within my diet that I needed to add or subtract and to develop realistic strategies to help me succeed.

I’m a very active and healthy person but my A1C was higher than it should be. Over the course of 3 months I made major, yet easy, changes to my diet. These changes have also trickled down to my wife and children and this is all thanks to Caroline. She made it very simple and easy to tackle, and answered my million questions!



March is National Nutrition Month. What better time to develop a healthy eating strategy by returning to the basics? Lay the foundation with a regular pattern of balanced, nourishing, satisfying meals and snacks. Include lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and nutrient-dense carbohydrates like vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruits. Then, diversify the foods on your plate by eating all the colors of the rainbow, all the parts of the plant, and whatever produce is in season. Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of low-calorie beverages. Finally, pay attention to your hunger and fullness to meet but not exceed your nutrient needs. Whatever life throws at you, you can return to these basics again and again.