Meet Chelsea Hoover, MS, RD, LDN, owner of Fuel for Thought Nutrition! Chelsea specializes in one-on-one customized nutrition counseling, corporate wellness, and personal training in the Philadelphia area. Learn more about Chelsea’s reasons for accepting insurance on behalf of her clients, including “…educating and allowing more people to have access to these services could greatly help those who may not have known about or considered utilizing nutrition counseling as a method of care.”
Why did you become an RDN?
I developed a love for health and wellness at a young age through training in the Martial Arts. As my passion for sports, exercise and physical health continued to grow, I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. After spending time personal training and teaching exercise and self-defense classes, I quickly learned the important role that nutrition plays in exercise and overall health. I then went on to receive my Master’s in Nutrition from Drexel University to combine my knowledge and passion for exercise and nutrition.
Tell us more about your private practice. What makes your niche special?
With my background in exercise science, I work closely with individuals focusing on sports nutrition in order to better their athletic/exercise performance. In addition to that, I specialize in corporate wellness and on-site nutritional counseling. Working onsite at companies allows me to provide my nutrition services to the employees during their work day. It is a great way for me to help benefit individuals while creating a healthier work environment as a whole. I am currently managing wellness and weight loss challenges for companies throughout the Philadelphia area. It has been a fun and motivational experience for both the employees and myself!
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is anyone who is willing to work hard. When I meet with clients, I prefer to use the term “lifestyle change” as opposed to “diet”. Making lifestyle changes can be difficult, but I believe that with hard work and determination we can all ultimately achieve our health goals.
Why did you decide to accept insurance?
It was a no brainer! I truly love educating others about proper nutrition and exercise. Providing my services to clients through their insurance is a great benefit that I am thankful I can offer.
What advice would you give another RDN who is thinking about accepting insurance?
Accepting insurance is very rewarding but can be difficult to manage at times. My advice would be to use Heathy Bytes to help alleviate some of the backend work and stress.
What changes do you hope to see in the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I would like for Registered Dietitians to be accepted by more insurance companies. Proper nutrition and physical activity are proven to be successful preventive care and treatment methods. Educating and allowing more people to have access to these services could greatly help those who may not have known about or considered utilizing nutrition counseling as a method of care.
What’s your favorite piece of advice you have received?
Much of the field of dietetics lies within the clinical world. I knew from the start that working in a clinical setting was not for me. During my education and internship process, many professors and peers expressed their belief that RDs should start in a clinical-based job. Although I understood their reasoning behind this, I was hesitant to comply. One of the last mentors I had in my internship simply told me to choose a career in which I felt I could benefit others and enjoy doing on a daily basis. I will forever be grateful for that advice because it allowed me to become what and who I am today.
We're so inspired, Chelsea! Thanks for all you do!
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