Nutrition and diet, along with exercise, are key elements in leading a healthy lifestyle. But what may be appropriate for some may not be the best for others. Knowing what to eat and actually choosing healthy foods may not be the same. Registered dietitians can help assess your nutrition and physical activity, and provide behavior modification strategies to help you achieve long term results to improve your health. Medical nutrition therapy encourages lifestyle changes and working on individual goals rather than following a generic diet. Counseling sessions are conducted by a registered dietitian who is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and are individually designed to assist with your specific dietary needs, while including your personal likes or dislikes, your ethnic, religious and economic background, and your lifestyle.
Medical nutrition therapy can help you:
- Understand a diet your doctor has asked you to follow
- Make smart choices at the grocery store
- Plan and prepare nutritionally balanced menus
- Choose healthier foods when eating out
Nutrition counseling is available for all medical conditions such as, but not limited to:
- Balanced nutrition
- Weight management
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Celiac disease
- Food allergies
- Failure to thrive
- Sports nutrition
- Wound healing
- Autism, ADD, ADHD and other behavioral disorders
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease
- Swallowing disorders
- Kidney stones
- Pre-renal disease
- Disordered eating such as anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating
All nutritional education is provided by registered dietitians licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Other WellSpan nutrition/weight loss resources
In addition to the services offered by nutrition services, WellSpan offers a variety of other programs and classes related to healthy eating and specific medical conditions and weight loss.
- The Diabetes Education Program offers group classes, as well as individual appointments for persons living with diabetes and their families to learn about appropriate nutrition and meal planning for blood glucose control. Daytime and evening appointments are available. A physician referral is required. Many insurance plans cover these services; however, individuals are encouraged to check with their insurance carrier to verify their coverage. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (717) 851-5341 in the York area or (717) 339-2763 in the Gettysburg area.
Cardiac disease and high cholesterol
- The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers individualized nutrition education for people living with high cholesterol or known or suspected cardiac disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (717) 741-8015 in the York area or 717-337-4164 in the Gettysburg area.
- The Healthy Heart Express is a group nutrition class focusing on nutritional approaches to dealing with high cholesterol and cardiac disease. The class is available through the York Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. To register for the Healthy Heart Express class, call (717) 741-8280.
- A Healthy You is a five-class series, taught by a WellSpan dietitian and health educator, that teaches participants how to: be active every day; use a step counter to monitor daily activity; choose healthy foods; and reach a healthy weight. Classes are held for two hours weekly at locations in York and Adams counties. To register for this program, please call (717) 851-3500 or 800-840-5905. For general information about the class, call Community Health Improvement at (717) 851-3222.
- The WellSpan Clinical Weight Loss Program offers a comprehensive approach for adults who would like to lose weight and develop a healthier lifestyle. A medical weight loss program and a surgical weight loss program are available. The medical program provides education on nutrition, healthy eating habits and improving obesity-related conditions. The WellSpan Clinical Weight Loss Program works directly with area gastric bypass surgeons to provide a comprehensive approach for the surgical component. In addition, the Clinical Weight Loss Program partners with the surgeons to educate and support patients before, during and after bariatric surgery. For more information about the WellSpan Clinical Weight Loss Program, please call (717) 851-6207.
- The WellSpan Clinical Weight Loss Program offers a program for overweight adolescents and children that bring together the expertise of a pediatrician, certified nurse practitioner and registered dietitian to develop an individual plan that focuses on diet, physical activity and behavior modification. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (717) 851-6207.