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    Larkin Community Hospital

    How Our Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Can Help You

    At Larkin, our team of Registered Dietitians provide quality and evidence-based medical nutrition therapy to our patients in the context of family and community and within an educational environment. Registered Dietitians have at least a four-year degree and an understanding of biochemistry, anatomy, and pathophysiology of disease and are able to provide the best treatment for the patient.

    A Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist practices evidence-based medical nutrition therapy. Based on your nutritional needs, medical conditions, and pertinent laboratory values our Registered Dietitians work to optimize nutrition during hospital stay to aid in recovery and improve outcomes. The dietitian can also work with you as an outpatient to help you manage several health conditions. 

    Medical Nutrition Therapy can help to improve:

    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Malnutrition
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Improve surgical outcomes, including a faster recovery
    • Hypertension
    • Dysphagia
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Others

    Services

    • Medical Nutrition Therapy
    • Nutrition Counseling & Consultation
    • Cholesterol Management
    • Weight Management
    • Diabetes prevention
    • Weight loss surgery counseling

     

    Dietetic Internship

    The Larkin Dietetic Internship is a post-baccalaureate program emphasizing clinical nutrition with rotations to start in June and January. Our program provides the required supervised hours in Clinical Nutrition, Management, and Community Nutrition to successfully sit for the national registration exam for dietitians. A strong didactic program is integrated to provide interns with the knowledge necessary to succeed during their rotations and become competent Registered Dietitians. On-site and long distance internships are available.

    • Follow a low salt diet
    • East fresh foods including fruits and vegetables
    • Avoid fast and frozen foods
    • Limit intake of processed foods such as canned, frozen, snack and packaged foods
    • Avoid eating lunch meats, smoked and canned meats
    • Limit use of salad dressings, bullion cubes, seasonings with salt and sauces like barbecue, pizza or soy
    • Add flavor to your meals by using spices, fresh herbs and limes
    • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week
    • Achieve or maintain a healthy weight
    • Achieve or maintain a healthy weight
    • Learn what foods contain carbohydrates
    • Limit carbohydrate intake in each meal
    • Eat at least 3 times a day
    • Drink enough calorie free fluids like water
    • Enjoy at least 3-5 servings of vegetables per day including 1-2 servings of fruit each day
    • Consume foods high in fiber such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread and cereal instead of white flour
    • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week
    • Eat fruits and vegetables
    • Limit saturated fats such as butter, mayonnaise & other fats solid at room temperature
    • Avoid fried foods and sweat bread like cupcakes, donuts and such
    • Choose low fat milk and other milk products
    • Eat healthy fats like avocado, walnuts and olive oil but not more than a talespoon of oil of two tablespoons of walnuts a day
    • Increase intake of omega 3 by adding salmon, tuna, flaxseeds, walnuts and other foods fortified with this nutrient
    • Choose whole grain breads and cereals
    • Exercise frequently to increase your HDL
    • Eat at least 3 times a day
    • Be aware of portion sizes
    • Drink enough calorie free fluids like water
    • Eat a sensible protein serving with all your main meals
    • Enjoy at least 3-5 servings of fruits or vegetables per day
    • Consume foods high in fiber such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread & cereal
    • Limit alcohol and sugar intake in your diet
    • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week
    • Forget fad diets and choose healthy eating most of the time

    BMI (Body Mass Index)
    Less than 18.5kg/m2: Underweight
    18.5-24.9 kg/m2: Normal
    25-29.9 kg/m2: Overweight
    30 kg/m2 and over: Obese

    Facilities

    Nutrition Services | Larkin Health Please Visit or Call The Following Facilities.