Medical Nutrition Therapy
Nutrition counseling is available at Jones Regional on an outpatient basis with the hospital's registered & licensed dietician, Marilyn McCall.
Individuals can get help with various nutrition issues, including weight problems, either underweight or overweight, high cholesterol or other abnormal lipid levels, food intolerances and allergies or other nutritional concerns. A physician referral is needed for any problem with the exception of adults wanting assistance with weight management.
A Celiac Disease (CD) support group is in place at Jones Regional. Do you have gastrointestinal problems that are hard to pin down? Celiac Disease is much easier to diagnose than in the past. Once diagnosed, eliminating foods such as wheat that contain the protein Gluten can be very challenging.
However, the benefit to your health and well-being cannot be disputed. Come and meet people who have met this challenge and who have lots of ideas for living a Gluten/Wheat Free life. Ask questions, share ideas, new recipes and strategies for living with CD. A celiac support group meets in the hospital cafeteria on the second Thursday of each month at 1:00. Registration is not needed.
Marilyn works with individuals to identify reasonable and realistic lifestyle changes and goals. Research has shown that working with a dietician and incorporating nutrition therapy techniques and strategies can improve health.
In general, Marilyn initially meets with an individual for about 45 minutes to an hour. She has them keep a food record for three days and finds out what foods they like to eat. She then discusses changes in their eating patterns and other life choices to help them achieve their goals.
For more information on nutrition counseling, call 319-462-6135 ext. 6353 or email Marilyn.