Nutrition Counseling for a Better and Healthier Life

At Bluestem Health in Lincoln, Nebraska, we offer numerous counseling and specialized education services free of charge to our patients who live with chronic diseases or other complex medical conditions.

At Bluestem Health in Lincoln, Nebraska, we offer numerous counseling and specialized education services free of charge to our patients who live with chronic diseases or other complex medical conditions. One of the most common and effective forms of counseling for these patients is nutrition and health counseling. At Bluestem Health, we have a great team that includes a Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist, Chronic Disease Nurses, and a Certified Paramedic that functions as our Community Health Worker. With the help of our team and their services, Bluestem Health is executing our mission and vision to be trusted providers of excellent care to a healthy community.

What is Nutrition Counseling?

Nutrition counseling is often utilized by patients who have chronic diseases that require special nutrition and blood sugar levels. As a patient, you will expect to be in regular meetings with a certified nutrition counselor or nurse. During these meetings, you will discuss healthy lifestyle habits, develop a plan of action for your weight or disease-related goals, create preventive measures for disease risk, and discuss progress over time.

Our team at Bluestem Health is trained and prepared to assist any patient that needs nutrition counseling. They are experts on providing the knowledge and steps needed to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, no matter your health condition.

Our Health and Nutrition Counselors

At Bluestem Health, our team of chronic disease management, nutrition, and diabetes educators are dedicated to providing quality care to the Lincoln community. Our team includes some of the top specialists and dietitians in Nebraska.

  • Joni Pagenkemper, MS, RD/LMNT, CDCES, is a Registered Dietitian licensed in Medical Nutrition Therapy and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
  • Molly Petrik, RD/LMNT, CDCES, is a Registered Dietitian licensed in Medical Nutrition Therapy and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
  • Jennifer Neighbors, BSN, RN, CDCES, is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
  • Jane Garbish, NRP, is a Licensed Paramedic and Community Health Coordinator

Chronic Disease Management

There are various forms of chronic diseases, and managing them can be a very difficult task to do alone. That’s why our team at Bluestem Health is determined to help guide you along this journey. Some steps in this process include:

  • Educating patients on specific treatments.
  • Discussing alternative therapies and community resources.
  • Understanding their disease and what lifestyle changes come with it.
  • Creating plans for living a healthy and comfortable life.

Community-Based Health

At Bluestem Health, we understand the importance of community, especially when it comes to our role as a healthcare provider in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our community outreach programs connect our patients to community and clinic resources around the area. We bring resources such as healthy cooking classes and health screenings from the clinic setting to the various neighborhood community centers to support the diverse population here in Lincoln.

In addition to these provided resources, we also may perform home visits, monitor homebound patients who are living with chronic illnesses, and provide case management between the centers, clients, and Bluestem Health. Our goal with our community-based health is to build a bridge between Bluestem Health and the community so current and future patients feel connected to the healthcare services that are provided to them in the area.

In Search of Nutrition or Health Counseling?

If you are living with a chronic disease or struggling with nutrition and lifestyle habits, Bluestem Health provides quality patient care in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our team of specialists are located at 2246 O Street in Lincoln. To schedule an appointment, call us at (402) 476-1455. We continue to strive to be the top provider in our community and to serve our patients with the care that they deserve.

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