Nutrition Services

Eating right can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.  At the Y, our Registered Dietitians can support your wellness journey with individual nutrition counseling and education – both virtually and in-person.

Why Consult With a Registered Dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a medical professional certified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. An RD must hold a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, have a 900-hour professional internship and pass a board certifying exam.

Meet the Y’s Registered Dietitians

Carla Defuria, RDN, LD/N, MBA


Carla is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who specializes in weight management, sports nutrition and disease prevention. She received her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of North Florida, a few years after completing her MBA from the same university. Carla has experience in corporate wellness as a Health Coach and provides individual nutrition counseling for adults and athletes. After a personal experience with addressing weight loss through diet and exercise, Carla was inspired to help individuals devise strategies to overcome the common challenges associated with implementing sustainable lifestyle change. She likes to travel, run and train for local races, teach spin class and enjoy time with friends by the beach. To schedule an appointment with Carla, please contact her at cdefuria@fcymca.org

Kerri Napoleon, RDN CSSD


Kerri is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who specializes in adult/child weight management, age management/disease prevention, sports nutrition, and eating disorders. Kerri is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and has completed her Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Kerri develops and teaches adult and child nutrition and cooking classes, provides individual nutrition counseling and believes it takes setting small goals and support to make healthier food and lifestyle choices. Kerri enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking and playing tennis. To schedule an appointment with Kerri, please contact her at knapoleon@fcymca.org

Donna Rochino, RD

Donna, a native to Alabama, has been living in Florida for 3 years. Donna graduated of Middle Tennessee State University and Appalachian State University and has been a dietitian for 19 years and have worked in many arenas. She has experience with bariatric surgery, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pediatrics, and geriatrics. As a Navy wife, she has also worked with service members overseas.  When Donna isn’t creating quick dinner recipes for her busy family, she enjoys sewing, quilting, and gardening.

“I look forward to helping you and your family become healthier!! Congratulations on choosing the YMCA to assist in your wellness goals!!”- Donna

To schedule an appointment with Donna, please contact her at drochino@fcymca.org

Nutrition Programs

Individual Consultation: Virtual or In-Person

This one hour appointment with a registered dietitian is personalized to meet you where you are.  Delivered virtually from the comfort of your home or at your local YMCA, this appointment is a great introduction to individual nutrition counseling.  Our registered dietitians can provide guidance on implementing healthier eating habits, help you evaluate what is in your pantry or refrigerator, cook healthier at home, and help you set small, achievable nutrition goals to create lasting change. Registered dietitians are also available for disease specific counseling (i.e. Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Allergies, etc.).  Appointment pricing starts at $66.

Individual Consultation with Meal Plan: Virtual or In-Person

Meet with a registered dietitian for a one-hour session to receive personalized calorie, protein, carbohydrates, and fat needs, a suggested meal plan according to those needs, and guidance on implementing healthier eating habits.  Registered dietitians are also available for disease specific counseling (i.e. Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Allergies, etc.).  Appointment pricing starts at $95.

Change Your Lifestyle Nutrition Package: Virtual or In-Person

This package includes a one hour consultation with a personalized meal plan, as well as six 20-minute follow-up consultations. This package is designed to be an accountability tool for those who need frequent check-ins with a registered dietitian over the course of 3-6 months.  This package is designed to help support your long-term nutritional goals and celebrate small successes along the way.  You can Change Your Lifestyle virtually from home or in-person at your local YMCA.  Package pricing starts at $232.

Youth & Family Nutrition Consultation: Virtual or In-Person

During YMCA Youth & Family Nutrition Consultations, our dietitians work together with you to help your child develop healthy habits through family nutrition support. Conveniently held virtually at your convenience or at your neighborhood YMCA, we will create individual nutrition plans, discuss how to manage chronic diseases or illnesses, and achieve personal health goals with your child and your family.

YMCA Member Rate: Full-Hour – $70.00
Non-member Rate: Full-Hour – $85.00

Metabolism Testing

During this half-hour or one-hour consultation, a MedGem Metabolic Testing Device is used to measure your resting metabolism. A registered dietitian will use the numbers generated by the MedGem to determine your total calorie needs to reach your personal fitness goals. A one-hour consult includes the metabolism test, health status assessment, usual dietary intake, pertinent nutrition education, counseling and a personalized meal plan. A half-hour consult includes the metabolism test and an activity analysis.

YMCA Member Rate: Half-Hour – $96.00 | Full-Hour – $148.00
Non-member Rate: Half-Hour – $128.00 | Full-Hour – $185.00

 

To learn more about the First Coast Y’s in-person and virtual nutrition services, please email us at myhealth@fcymca.org