Nutritional Services

The Nutritional Services department at FirstLight Health System provides comprehensive nutrition consultation services for patients of all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The dietary and nutritional needs of our patients are diagnosed and managed by our highly skilled and experienced Registered Dieticians. They plan, develop and implement healthy eating guidelines and nutrition. In addition, they provide instruction on modifying eating plans. Nutritional services include:

  • Adult Weight Management
    • FirstLight’s Registered Dieticians are certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Commission on Dietetic Registration in Adult Weight Management
    • The following resources offer additional information about weight management
  • Breastfeeding
    • FirstLight’s Certified Lactation Counselor offers support and education on the importance of breastfeeding, and assists new mothers with tips for successful breastfeeding
  • Celiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Digestion problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Food allergies
  • Obesity (including childhood obesity)
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Pre-diabetes
    • Pre-diabetes classes are offered six times per year
    • Discover how making small lifestyle changes can help prevent diabetes
  • Renal disease
  • Weight gain
  • Medicare Part B covered weight loss actions

Our dietitians stay current with nutritional information and the latest technologies for assessments, tracking patient progress, and other resources designed to help patients meet their health goals.

During Your Hospital Stay
FirstLight’s dietitians are integral members of the health care team providing care to patients while in the hospital and, if needed, after discharge. Patients identified to be at nutritional risk – through discussion at daily team meetings or by nutritional screening – will be assessed and nutrition interventions will be planned and initiated.

Scheduling Nutritional Education

    • Call your insurance carrier to verify that nutrition counseling is a covered benefit.
    • A referral is necessary in most cases to see a registered dietitian. Ask your provider for a referral.

When referral has been ordered, a representative from FirstLight will call you to arrange an appointment with one of our dietitians.

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To learn more, please call 800-245-5671 or 320-225-3640. Appointments are available at all FirstLight Health System clinics.