Let’s Get Cooking!

Join a Registered Dietitian for a cooking class!

Do you struggle to come up with new ideas in the kitchen? Are you interested in trying new foods but uncertain how to include them in your meal? Join an LWell RDN for an online class. . You’ll learn valuable nutritional information while you follow along as she demonstrates how to create a meal full of healthy nutrients and flavor – the best of both worlds!

Our next session will focus on heart healthy inspirations.

Healthy Heart cooking class: Eat to Your Heart’s Content

February is American Heart Month

Treat yourself well this February with a 4-week virtual cooking class series and show your body real love!

Presented by Renee Merchant and Carrie Palamarchuck – RDN’s

  • Combined 30 years of experiences in health care.
  • Experts in plant based-nutrition, performance nutrition, diabetes self-management, chronic kidney disease nutrition, weight management, gut health.

What is provided?

Each week Carrie and Renee will review heart healthy cooking techniques highlighting a variety of lean sources of protein.  ( approximately 30 minutes)

Demonstrations will focus on food items that participants may want to include at home but lack experience/ knowledge to incorporate it.

  • Learn to cook with plant-based protein like tofu and prepare fish in a variety of ways
  • Appropriate for all levels of cooking, utilizing common household ingredients and kitchen equipment in today’s kitchen


Cost: $50 for the entire 4-week series

Dates:  February 6, 13, 20, & 27 (Tuesdays)

Time: 7:00 pm

  • FREE ADDED BONUS – Participants will have access to all recipes and other valuable tips shared within the presentations for future reference.


Week #1: Practical Tofu

Week#2: Under the Sea

Week #3: Tempeh 101

Week#4: Heart Health on the Run

Meet  Renee and Carrie

Renee Merchant MS, BSN, RN, RD
Carrie Palamarchuck, RDN, CDCES

FAQs About Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Are appointments covered by insurance?

Yes, our Medical Nutrition Therapy program is covered by many insurance plans. LWell is a provider for Medicare, Optima, Blue Cross Blue Shield (Anthem), Aetna, United, Humana, and Cigna. We also offer self-pay options. Call our office at 757-585-3441 to find out what services your insurance may cover.

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD or RDN) are equal credentials. Registered Dietitians are able to treat a wide variety of illnesses with hundreds of nutrition therapies as regulated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. RDs and RDNs work to treat and prevent diagnosed conditions by providing medical nutrition therapy. The RD/RDN often acts as part of a medical team, in various practice settings, such as hospitals, physician offices, private practice and other health care facilities. The work of the RD/RDN is clinically recognized as effective in preventing, treating and managing many conditions.

People who refer to themselves as nutritionists or registered dietitians should have also met criteria based on national standards of education, experience and of practice as set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, but many erroneously misrepresent themselves as nutritionists. Make sure you are working with a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist.

What medical conditions do Registered Dietitian Nutritionists treat?

LWell Dietitian Nutritionists have experience treating a rage of health and medical conditions, including:

  • Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Adult or Pediatric Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Kidney Disease
  • Drug-Nutrient Interactions
  • Gout
  • Cancer
  • Complicated Weight Loss
  • Eating Disorders
Do I need a referral from a physician to see a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

Although many physicians do refer patients to our practice, a referral is not required to see one of our dietitians.

What can I expect from my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?


• Our approach will be customized to your needs; including health status, beliefs, attitudes and values, goals, lifestyle, and timeline.

• Therapeutic diets, lifestyle change, or a structured meal plan built for you!


• We are your dietitians for life. Just like a dentist or eye doctor, we will be here for all stages of life.

• We are here to clarify the plan, answer quick questions, and hold you accountable from a data gathering stand-point.


• We will do our best to hold you accountable while keeping the balance of achievable goals through coaching, evidence-based clinical recommendations, and a collaborative relationship among your health care providers.

Holistic Approach

• Health is more than one dimension. We consider sleep, exercise, nutrition, medication, and many other aspects of YOU.

What will my Registered Dieitian Nutritionist expect from me?


• The key to success is showing up, especially when you encounter obstacles and setbacks.

• For sustainable, predictable changes, 13 visits in 13 weeks is the gold standard. You may need more or less, this is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

• Please call 757-585-3441 to reschedule appointments. Do not contact your dietitian directly.


• Change takes time. Building your new normal takes commitment and consistency.

• Session 1 is to build a framework and gather information.

• Each session will build upon the last and become more innovative.


• There are many options for self-monitoring; talk to your RD/RDN about what works best for you.


• People change, goals change, needs change. Be ready to modify your goals and strategies throughout your time with LWell.

Conditions that we commonly treat:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Obesity / Overweight
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Gout
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Complicated Medical Conditions

Get on Track

Call to schedule your appointment with an LWell dietitian and get on track to better health.

(833) 516-0454

1309 Jamestown Road, Suite 102
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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