Nutrition Counseling and Weight Management Programs
At Spectrum Health, we know the amazing results that medical and surgical care can provide. We also know that the foundation of all health is proper nutrition. Whether you are looking to lose weight, fuel up properly for exercise, increase stamina, avoid foods that affect you negatively, or overcome an eating disorder, our registered dietitians can provide the appropriate counseling for your health and nutrition needs.
We work individually with patients to provide specific, tailored dietary advice in the following areas:
As part of your health care team at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, board certified oncology registered dietitians are available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss your nutrition needs before, during and after cancer treatment:
- Cancer prevention diet guidelines
- Side effects of treatment (nausea, bowel changes, etc.)
- Special diet concerns
- Supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc.)
- Swallowing difficulties
- Tube feeding management
- Unintentional weight loss
Following a heart-healthy diet can optimize your cardiovascular health. Spectrum Health provides dietary advice for heart disease patients who need to improve their lipids (HDL, LDL, triglycerides and cholesterol levels), as well as for people who want to prevent heart disease in the first place.
The nutritional needs of infants, children and adolescents are unique. Our board certified pediatric dietitian works with parents and children to help develop nutritional goals and how to achieve them. Pediatric nutrition counseling includes:
- Healthy eating guidelines
- Heart health
- Tube feeding management
- Underweight or poor weight gain
- Vegetarian eating
- Weight management
Dietitians trained in diets specific to gastrointestinal disorders can help make sure you are eating foods appropriate for your condition, including:
- Gluten-free diet for celiac disease or gluten intolerance
- FODMAPs diet for irritable bowel syndrome (a newer approach to treating IBS which assesses tolerance to certain fibers and sugars)
The MedGem® is a small, handheld instrument which measures individual metabolic rate and can be used to help develop a nutrition plan for weight loss. The measurement can be obtained in approximately 10 minutes.
Make a Nutrition Counseling Appointment
Daytime appointments are available Monday to Friday. Services are offered at convenient locations throughout West Michigan. Call 616.391.1875 for more information or to make an appointment. A physician referral is necessary. We recommend patients check with their health insurance provider to confirm coverage of this service.