Welcome to Nutrition Services & Diabetes Education of Heywood Hospital.

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. 

Is Your Snack a Smart Snack?

Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with the new Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Click here to launch the Product Calculator.


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 acitiviy, nutrtional messaging and healthy snacks, it is our intention to provide the foundation for a healthly lifestyle for chidlren in the city of Gardner, MA.

For more information about nutrition services, please contact Denise Foresman, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager of Heywood Hospital’s Nutrition Services & Diabetes Education at 978-630-6289.



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