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Nutrition programs

All programs and classes are FREE for those eligible for Culture of Health.

Tasty tidbits

Each month the Culture of Health team will offer a unique food experience in the cafeteria. Stop by to check it out; no need to sign up for this event.

  • CHA, first Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CHE, second Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CHN, third Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CHS, fourth Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One-on-one nutrition consultation

Food management is an important component of Culture of Health. The first step to making diet changes is often building awareness of one’s own eating patterns, dieting past and weight history. Meeting with a registered dietitian (RD) will allow the participant to sort out problem areas and set goals for diet changes.

The participant will be asked to fill out questionnaires in advance of the appointment. This information will better prepare the RD for the appointment. If health issues are present, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, etc., they will be addressed during the meetings with the RD. Food behaviors, both past and present, will also be addressed during session with the RD. The overall goal is an improved relationship with food and success in weight management.

Appointments are available at Community Hospitals East, South and Anderson and at Health Promotion Services.

How to Eat

Graduates of the How To Eat program leave the dieting mentality behind – for good. They reconnect with how their own bodies feel hunger, appetite and fullness and learn to trust these body signals to guide their eating. As a result they are able to enjoy eating again and experience what true eating satisfaction feels like. They consciously experience knowing when they have had enough and are ready to stop eating – even with foods they had previously considered “off-limits.” As a matter of fact, that constant thinking about food goes away and they find that foods they would previously have eaten to excess remain in their cupboards and refrigerators until they are ready to eat them.

As you can imagine, there is a great sense of freedom in being able to trust your body. If you are one of many who struggle with eating, weight and feelings about both, the How to Eat program offers the opportunity to learn a different way to experience your food world.

Watch the videos to learn more about the How to Eat program.

Nutrition Made Easy

For more information or to register, please call 317-621-4304.

Chopping food on a cutting boardNutrition Made Easy is a 6-week series of classes that focuses on a variety of nutrition topics. One would think in this day and age with the Internet and food channels, we would know how to feed ourselves and make good decisions about food. We are bombarded with the latest fad diets that promise losing weight, having more energy – or even making us younger!

Nutrition Made Easy participants will learn to slow down with food, take time to plan meals and find ways to make them meaningful, as well as enjoyable. We will provide the opportunity to try unfamiliar foods to help participants expand their food repertoire and increase meal planning skills. If you are longing for answers to questions such as: Why do some foods impact energy levels differently than others? Which breakfast cereal is best to eat? How do I plan a meal for a family that has a variety of nutritional needs? Sign up for Nutrition Made Easy, offered at all Community hospital locations.

  • Check back for future dates.

Grocery tour

We know that all cooking begins in the grocery, yet it’s easy to become confused about what to buy since there are so many food items to choose from. Learn to make educated choices—join a registered dietitian on a Bridges grocery tour, ask questions and be introduced to principles of grocery buying. Our tours will have four specific focuses: diabetes management, blood pressure management, cardiac risk reduction and quick meal assembly.

For more information or to schedule your grocery tour, please call 317-621-4304.

Meet the nutrition experts

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Robin Stahl, RD, CD Melissa Boyle Hehmann, RD, CDE

Robin Stahl, RD, CD

Melissa Boyle Hehmann, RD, CDE

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Health and wellness shopping

  • Home Health Medical online store for medical supplies and equipment
  • Wellspring Pharmacy
  • FigLeaf Boutique
  • Jasmine gift shop