To promote readiness and health through food and nutrition.
As part of your medical care team, our registered dietitians provide comprehensive medical nutrition therapy and counseling for many health issues to include:
- Alterations of blood sugar, such as diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes
- Cancer and immune compromised
- Cardiovascular health, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol
- Disordered eating
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as acid reflux, Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney disease
- Enteral (tube feeding) and parenteral (intravenous) nutrition
- Weight management
A number of classes are currently offered to support your journey to optimal health and performance. Classes currently offered include:
- Active Duty Weight Management
Service members receive the nutrition groundwork needed to get you ready for your 1:1 session with a dietitian (if desired). Discussion includes a brief review of the many dietary strategies used, macro- and micro-nutrients, food groups, portion sizes, tips for eating in the chow hall/galley or while dining out, meal and snack planning, and improving overall health and human performance.
- Dependent/Retiree Weight Management
Beneficiaries will receive nutrition education aiming to promote healthy weight loss and the prevention of chronic diseases. Discussion topics include general healthful eating recommendations to include food groups, recommended serving sizes, healthful snack ideas, tips for meal planning, and weight loss strategies. If individual nutrition counseling is desired, additional information will also be provided.
- Diabetes 101
Designed for patients with a new diagnosis of diabetes or those needing a refresher on dietary and medication management. This two-part class is co-taught by a registered dietitian and pharmacist. Discussion includes important considerations of diet, the food groups and their effects on blood sugar, appropriate serving sizes, nutrition label reading, typical carbohydrate goals and meal/snack planning as well as correcting low blood sugars.
- Gestational Diabetes
Participants will be able to identify how to eat healthy during pregnancy while monitoring intake of foods with carbohydrates. Discussion will include food groups and their effects on blood sugar, serving sizes, nutrition label reading, typical carbohydrate goals and meal/snack planning. A meal plan with the recommended carbohydrate servings for each meal and snack will be provided to the patient during the class.
- Heart Health
This two-part class is co-taught by a registered dietitian and nurse to discuss lifestyle modifications to prevent or delay the progression of cardiovascular diseases. Topics include cardiac mechanics, disease risk factors, diet and exercise, stress management, and medications. Nutrition topics include the typical American diet and dietary strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease, guidelines for overall health, types of fats and daily intake goals, use of plant-based alternatives and other substitutes to improve home recipes as well as sodium recommendations and tips for controlling daily intake.
- Nutrition and Exercise during Pregnancy
This two-part class is co-taught by a registered dietitian and health educator. Participants will receive education on nutrition recommendations during pregnancy to include appropriate weight gain during pregnancy, meal planning, identifying food safety risks as well as foods and beverages to avoid or limit. Discussion includes management of common symptoms such as constipation, heartburn, and morning sickness. Participants will also be introduced to the benefits and risks of exercise during pregnancy while exploring the types of exercise, frequency, and intensity that are safe.
Intended for patients who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or impaired fasting glucose (glucose intolerance). This two-part class is co-taught by a registered dietitian and nurse to discuss the lifestyle modifications to prevent or delay progression to diabetes. Nutrition discussion includes food groups and the effects on blood sugar, meal/snack planning, timing and distribution of nutrients, appropriate serving sizes, nutrition label reading, and general heart healthy nutrition recommendations to promote optimal health.