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Nutrition Services

Outpatient registered dietitians (RD) meet with patients who are not currently admitted to the hospital. Appointments are available at various locations across the Geisinger Services area. To make an appointment, call CareLink at 1-800-275-6401.

The RD offers a wide variety of individual consultation services in all areas of health management including the following:

GASTROENTEROLOGY/SURGERY
Counseling for health conditions related to bariatric surgery, liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases, diverticulitis/diverticulosis, celiac disease and incorporating meal plans such as low residue, low fat, and high protein nutrition to help improve medical conditions. A dietitian also participates in the interdisciplinary home tube feeding clinic. For more information, visit:

CARDIOLOGY
Counseling is available for lipid disorders including hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and how to alter the diet to prevent such complications from worsening. An outpatient class is available to patients following cardiac surgery at Geisinger Medical Center. The class is designed to educate patients on lifestyle changes and maintenance of a healthy heart by decreasing fat, sodium and cholesterol from the diet. For more information, visit:

NEPHROLOGY
Counseling to assist the patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those preparing for transplant in providing their bodies with adequate nutrition that will be nourishing without overtaxing kidney function. In addition, group classes are available for people with CKD and those preparing for dialysis (GMC). Kidney Stone Clinic (GMC) provides counseling that focuses on dietary intervention in the prevention of kidney stone formation. For more information, visit:

PEDIATRICS
Counseling for children with issues such as weight management, obesity, diabetes, eating disorders, ketogenic diets, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease and food allergies. Pediatric weight management workshops are also available. RDs at Geisinger work as part of an interdisciplinary team to assist children with feeding problems or those who require home tube feedings. For more information, visit:

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY/RADIATION
Medical nutrition therapy to provide maximal nutrition for patients undergoing blood disorder and cancer treatments that are taxing to the body. For more information, visit:

ENDOCRINOLOGY/DIABETES
RDs, including Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE), counsel patients with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. The RD/CDE also educates expectANT mothers on how to manage their pregnancy along with their diabetes. In addition, American Diabetes Association (ADA)-recognized diabetes classes are offered at various Geisinger locations. For more information, visit:

OBESITY/WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Intervention via the diet and lifestyle habits such as exercise, food choices, and eating behaviors, to reduce body weight and to improve day-to-day function. For more information, visit:

PREGNANCY/LACTATION
Counseling for expecting woman who need special nourishment to meet the demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding or for lower income pregnant woman at high nutritional risk through our Healthy Beginnings Plus program. For more information, visit:

NUTRITION FOR THE ELDERLY
Diet intervention that focuses on the recommended nutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for the aging population. For more information, visit:

EATING DISORDERS
Counseling for individuals struggling with unhealthy eating habits such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. For more information, visit:

If you would like to meet with a registered dietitian, call CareLink at 1-800-275-6401. Appointments are available at various locations across the Geisinger service area. A physician referral is required.