Valley Health Partners Nutrition Counseling

What you eat affects your health

Valley Health Partners (VHP) Nutrition Counseling helps people eat a healthier diet for weight management or follow a special diet prescribed by a health care provider for a chronic health condition.

Keeping your health in mind when preparing meals or selecting snacks is especially important during pregnancy, when cooking meals for your children, or when managing certain chronic health conditions like diabetes. A health care provider will refer people who need help choosing healthier foods. 

A registered dietitian, who offers nutrition assessment and education, and an advanced practice clinician, who offers prediabetes and diabetes education, are among the available professionals. There’s help for people who need to manage their weight.

Also, in conjunction with a person’s primary health care provider, registered nurses and certified diabetes educators offer intensive diabetes management.

VHP Nutrition Counseling respects the community’s culture, and healthy ethnic diet choices are encouraged. Classes are in English and Spanish.

For people who need help buying food, VHP Nutrition Counseling guides people to the VHP services where they can get help applying for government food assistance programs.

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Nutrition Counseling 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

  • Advanced practice clinician (APC) offers prediabetes and diabetes education classes in English and Spanish.

  • Registered nurses and certified diabetes educators offer intensive diabetes management in conjunction with the person’s primary health 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

Locations for Nutrition Counseling

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.

Valley Health Partners