Eating a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables can help protect you from chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Mercy Medical Center’s Registered Dietitians are dedicated to providing nutrition education to individuals of all ages. Our dietitians can help you develop a plan that fits your lifestyle in order to reach your nutrition goals.
Our services include:
- Weight management
- Cardiovascular disease
- Renal disease
- Digestive disorders
- General nutrition/wellness
- Childhood obesity
- Food Allergies/intolerances
- Vegetarian nutrition
- Personalized instruction and meal planning
Many insurance plans pay for nutrition services. If your insurance will cover the service, a referral form must be completed and any necessary insurance authorization received prior to the appointment. Your physician may send the information to us or you may bring it with you to your first appointment.
Appointments can be made by calling the scheduling department
at (330) 489-1300
We look forward to helping you live a healthier lifestyle!
- Aim for 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday
- Choose a variety of colors to gain the benefits of a wide range of nutrients
- Add veggies to omelets, sandwiches, and casseroles
- Add fruit to smoothies, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, salads
- Cut up fruit/veggies ahead of time for a quick snack
- Eat more whole grains
- The extra fiber will help keep you feeling full
- Promotes healthy bowels
- Aim for 3 servings of low-fat/nonfat dairy everyday
- Light yogurt, low-fat cheese, skim milk
- Include lean protein with every meal
- Skinless poultry, beans, tofu
- Watch portion sizes
- Split meals or save 1/2 for leftovers
- Read food labels for serving sizes
- Use measuring cups
- Try to eat just one serving
- Half of your plate should be non-starchy veggies, 1/4 lean protein, 1/4 starch
- Never eat from large bags/containers
- Pre-portion foods in ziplock bags
- Avoid grocery shopping when hungry
- More tempted to buy “junk” food
- Make a list and stick to it!
- Use smaller plates, bowls, and glasses
- Easier to control portions
- Avoid eating when bored
- Keep yourself occupied with an activity
- Chew sugar-free gum to fight cravings
- Try drinking water, or another calorie-free drink. You may just be thirsty!