Valley Health Partners Education, Classes and Support Groups

Supporting a healthy lifestyle

Sometimes people need support coping with a chronic condition, managing their weight or staying healthy through pregnancy. That’s where Valley Health Partners–Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) steps in.

Valley Health Partners–Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) teaches people to live healthier lives. People who receive their health care at the VHP practices may receive help from certified health care educators or attend a support group. Sometimes, both would help a person reach the goal of becoming healthier.

For pregnancy, educational classes are offered for prenatal care, childbirth, crib safety and car seat safety. There is support for breastfeeding moms.

A health care provider refers people who could benefit from these services.

Classes and groups are offered in English and Spanish.

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Education FAQs

What is a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian is an expert on diet and nutrition. Registered dietitians are trained to address medical conditions, specific disease states, weight loss as well as behavioral issues such as emotional eating. Our dietitians provide guidance on food and nutrition information to help support our patients on ways to improve their health.

What is a visit to a dietitian like?

Your first visit with a dietitian is to review you current eating pattern, exercise routine, and medical history. Through your discussion you and the dietitian will develop goals to improve your health, incorporating cultural and ethnic traditions. You will then be provided with information to work on those goals and encouraged to follow up with future visits so you can continue on your path to wellness.

Why is nutrition so important?

A healthy diet throughout life supports normal growth, development and aging. Maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce the risk of chronic diseases leading to overall health and successful life.

Services  

  • Physician assistant (PA-C) offers prediabetes and diabetes education classes in English and Spanish

  • Certified diabetes educators (CDEs) offer intensive diabetes management in conjunction with your primary care provider

  • Registered dietitian offers nutrition assessment and education for adults for the following:

    • Weight management
    • Prediabetes
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Hyperlipidemia
    • Hypertriglyceridemia
    • Hypercholesterolemia
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Congestive heart failure
    • NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease)
    • Celiac disease/gluten-free diet
    • Vegetarian/vegan diet
    • Pregnancy (only for VHP Center for Women’s Medicine patients who aren’t high risk)
    • Children under 18 years old
  • Classes and support for pregnancy

    • Prenatal care
    • Child birth
    • Crib safety
    • Car seat safety
    • Breastfeeding

Locations for Education

VHP Mark J. Young Community Health and Wellness Center

1627 W. Chew St.
First Floor
Allentown, PA 18102

Phone:
610-969-2800
After Hours Phone:
610-969-2800

Fax:

610-969-2802

Helping people learn how to take care of themselves, which is especially important for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and obesity.

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