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Nutrition Services

In the ever changing world of healthcare, we are dedicated to our patients in providing the most comprehensive care to improve or support the patients’ quality of life. Our team of experts understands the educational needs of their patients and the community as a whole. All our dietitians are registered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Our diabetes educators are certified by the American Diabetes Association, including our registered nurse on staff who is the coordinator of the diabetes program.

The Nutrition & Diabetes team provides an array of services and programming within the hospital and in the community. Inpatient nutrition services conduct comprehensive nutritional assessments for inpatients to identify goals and implement individualized education and care plans to meet the patient’s specific medical needs. Outpatient services for medical nutrition therapy and diabetes education are individual counseling sessions to assist patients in managing their nutritional diagnosis and provide education that is tailored to meet their needs. Community outreach programs involves our team conducting a variety of activities to increase awareness of nutrition and health such as cooking classes, healthy snacks and fitness for children, support groups, and various nutrition-related presentations for both corporations and the surrounding communities. 

 

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) involves individualized nutrition education by registered dieticians to manage nutrition issues associated with various diseases and provide education for lifestyle interventions.

Depending on your needs, MNT can teach you how to:Diabetes Food

  • Improve health and quality of life through better food choices 
  • Decrease the need for prescription drugs
  • Reduce diabetic complications that result in hospitalization 
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for insulin in Type 2 Diabetes

Medical Nutrition Therapy is part of the treatment plan for:

  • Congestive heart failure 
  • High cholesterol and blood fats 
  • Celiac and gluten intolerance 
  • High Blood Pressure/Hypertension 
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Overweight/Obesity 
  • Underweight/Malnutrition 
  • Cancer 
  • Wound healing 
  • Renal failure 
  • Gastric bypass 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Respiratory function 
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 
  • Tube Feeding 
  • Failure to thrive 

Any questions, please contact Denise Foresman, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition Services & Diabetes Center of Excellence for Heywood Healthcare at (978) 630-6289.

Contact Information

Denise Foresman, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Nutrition Services & Diabetes Center of Excellence, Heywood Healthcare
(978) 630-6289

Off Our Rockers With partnering organizations, the nutrition and diabetes department at Heywood lead Off Our Rockers, a civic initiative to address the issue of childhood obesity. Through a program of physical activity, nutritional messaging and healthy snacks, it is our intention to provide the foundation for a healthy lifestyle for children in the city of Gardner, MA.

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