Good nutrition is important to staying well. It is also an important part of treating or managing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders, obesity and high blood pressure. Fort HealthCare’s Nutrition Services provides comprehensive nutrition consultation services for patients of all ages in both the inpatient and ambulatory (outpatient) settings.
Who do we help?
Nutrition Services treats healthy individuals as well as those being seen for acute or chronic illnesses or conditions. Our program is for anyone who has concerns and questions about their diet, feedings, foods, growth and development, special diets and healthy eating.
What do we offer?
Our program offers a multidisciplinary team approach, with staff experienced in a variety of highly specialized diagnostic and treatment areas. Registered dietitians can assist with:
- Planning and developing healthy eating guideline
- Recommendations on tube feedings
- Discharge nutrition instruction
- Nutrition education
- Follow-up care for long-term nutritional needs
- Consultation to patients
What are our specialties or areas of emphasis?
Our staff works with a number of other clinical programs throughout the hospital to provide them with nutrition services. With many medical conditions, nutrition is often part of the therapy prescribed. Our specialty areas include:
- Cardiac Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Eating Disorders
- Food Allergies
- Lactose Intolerance
- Metabolic Disorders
Personal Nutrition Counseling
Registered dietitians are available for private consultation to assist both adults and children with healthy eating, living with dietary restrictions and creating personalized dietary programs. A referral from your doctor is needed for insurance coverage.
Healthy Eating Programs
Whether you want to learn how to shop better for your family at the grocery store or find a way to a healthier diet, Fort HealthCare offers nutrition programs among the many health and wellness classes offered throughout the year.
The Caloric Balance Equation
Weight management is all about balance—balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses or “burns off.”
- Caloric balance is like a scale. To remain in balance and maintain your body weight, the calories consumed (from foods) must be balanced by the calories used (in normal body functions, daily activities, and exercise).
To loose weight it takes approximately 3,500 calories below your calorie needs to lose a pound of body fat. To lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week, you’ll need to reduce your caloric intake by 500—1000 calories per day.
Food For Thought