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Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional counseling is a vital component of maintaining good health as well as recovering from illness or managing a condition. Nutrition is a crucial component in treating all kinds of medical conditions among which are obesity, bariatric, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and triglycerides, metabolic syndrome, eating disorders, food allergies, gastrointestinal disease (celiac, colitis, Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome), arthritis, pregnancy, renal disease and heart disease.

Services

Registered dietitians (RDs) and certified-dietitian nutritionists (CDNs) provide nutritional counseling. Using Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), they monitor body weight, assist with meal planning and provide recommendations for dietary interventions.

Services are also personalized for each patient and take into consideration several factors, including medical history, family history, habits and lifestyle. There is no perfect way of eating that works for everyone, so they aim to customize a workable plan that sets every patient up for success.

Health Quest offers specialized counseling covering a range of conditions and nutrition goals:

  • Adult and childhood obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • Healthy eating for healthy aging
  • Sports nutrition
  • Diabetes management
  • Arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Pediatric cystic fibrosis
  • Nutrition and development disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Avoidance of vitamin/mineral deficiencies
  • Pregnancy

Nutrition counseling can also be beneficial for those preparing or recovering from bariatric (weight loss) surgery, as well as before, during or following cancer treatment.

Wellness Programs

Northern Dutchess Hospital also offers several wellness and support program

  • Get Real Weight Results Program is a five-week weight loss program that helps you to take control of your diet and your life by exploring the underlying issues of why you eat. It includes nutrition and weight loss education and membership at the NDH Wellness Center.
  • Fun, Food & Fitness is a five-week program for children aged 8 to 13. Participants meet twice weekly at the NDH Wellness Center for nutritional education led by a certified dietitian and supervised exercise led by an exercise physiologist. Parents are actively encouraged to attend with their children.
  • Diabetes Prevention Program is a group program led by a trained lifestyle coach who teaches the skills needed to make lasting lifestyle changes. Participants learn how to eat healthy, do physical activity and stay motivated. Groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to celebrate each other’s successes and work together to overcome obstacles.
  • Bariatric Support Group is open to male and female patients pre-and post-gastric bypass surgery. NDH arranges speakers to help guide patients through nutrition changes and behavior modification to move towards a healthier life.  

Call (845) 871-3600 for more information.

Get a Referral, then Make an Appointment

Nutritional counseling is available at all Health Quest hospitals. A referral from your doctor is required. Once you receive your referral, call the hospital of your choice to make an appointment.

  • New Leaf Program is a personalized nutrition and exercise program that includes a weekly visit with a nutritionist, a discounted members and personal training sessions at the NDH Wellness Center and ongoing phone support. The cost is $395.00 and scheduled based on interest.

Call (845) 871-3600 for more information.

Meet the Team

Alexandra Nichols, RD, CDN


Roufia Payman, DT, CDN


Indrani Dhar, MS, TD, CDN

Chelsea Hertel, RD, CDN


Virginia Cambalik, RD, CDN

Locations

Northern Dutchess Hospital
6511 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 871-3600

Putnam Hospital Center
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512
(845) 871-3127

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 431-5647

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6511 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Nutritional Counseling...
(845) 871-3600

Monday through Friday: Outpatient nutrition counseling

670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512
Nutritional Counseling...
(845) 871-3127

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Bariatric surgery nutrition counseling
Wednesdays: Outpatient nutrition counseling

45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Nutritional Counseling...
(845) 431-5647

Mondays: Bariatric surgery nutrition counseling
Tuesdays and Fridays: Outpatient nutrition counseling
Wednesdays: Oncology outpatient nutrition counseling