Kidney Diet Tips

Nutrition Counseling from the Comfort of Home with DaVita® Eat Smart

Are you newly diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Do you have declining lab values and not sure what changes to make? Feeling overwhelmed to make diet changes on your own? Read on for news about DaVita® Eat Smart, a new program that may help.

DaVita® Eat Smart

DaVita® Eat Smart is a service that pairs you with a highly trained Registered Dietitian who works with kidney patients. The program offers a phone or video call to have your kidney diet questions answered. An added bonus– it may be covered by your insurance!

The goals of the DaVita® Eat Smart program are to:

  • Slow the progression of kidney disease by using diet to help manage common conditions like hypertension and diabetes 1, 2
  • Manage minerals like sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium to improve overall nutrition 3
  • Increase overall quality of life 4

DaVita® Eat Smart Sessions may include:

  • Personal, kidney-friendly meal plans tailored to your dietary needs, medical conditions, and food preferences
  • Recipes and shopping lists to manage your meal plan
  • Tracking progress towards your health goals with your dietitian
  • Syncing your FitBit™ device or other health device to our patient portal for a comprehensive look at your health

Read what clients are saying about DaVita® Eat Smart:

Get Expert Advice

“I knew if I had a question or was desperate to find something, I could contact my DaVita® Eat Smart Dietitian and get answers.  I trust my dietitian’s expertise, unlike some of the stuff you read online.  I knew when she told me something it was coming from a person with expertise in the field and I trusted that.”

Feel Empowered

“It has expanded my horizon in being aware of what I can have and I can’t.  It has given me the freedom to experiment a bit and broaden the diet beyond what I was in April (before DaVita® Eat Smart).  I am very thankful that I happened to find DaVita® Eat Smart.”

Have Questions?

Please call or email the DaVita Eat Smart team at:


1. Medical Nutrition Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease Improves Biomarkers and Slows Time to Dialysis. Desiree de Waal, MS, RD, CD, FAND, Emily Heaslip, MS, RD, CD, and Peter Callas, PhD (2015). Journal of Renal Nutrition. January 2016. Vol. 26, Issue 1, p. 1-9.

2. Recommendations Summary Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Medical Nutrition Therapy (Non-Dialysis). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.) Evidence analysis library. (2014).

3. USRDS: Pre-dialysis dietitian care & survival during the first year on dialysis:

4. The impact of nutrition intervention on quality of life in pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease patients. Campbell KL1, Ash S, Bauer JD. Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;27(4):537-44. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2008.05.002. Epub 2008 Jun 26.


This is a for-fee service, but some or all it may be covered by your insurance. If covered, video calls are required.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.

Sara Pratt, MA, RDN

Sara Pratt is a Chronic Kidney Disease Dietitian with DaVita. Sara has been a dietitian for the past 7 years and is passionate about providing care to her patients. On the weekends you will find her enjoying the Colorado lifestyle by hiking or exploring new mountain towns every summer and skiing in the winter.