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 free counseling and specialized education services 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. With the help of our team, Bluestem Health is striving to become trusted providers of excellent care to a healthy community.

What is Nutrition Counseling?

Nutrition counseling is commonly utilized by patients who have chronic diseases. Those patients often 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 habit and develop a plan of action for your weight or disease-related goals. You will also create preventive measures for disease risk and discuss progress over time.

Our team at Bluestem Health can assist any patient that needs nutrition counseling. They can 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 provide 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 can 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

As a healthcare provider, Bluestem Health understands the importance of community. Our community outreach programs connect our patients to clinic resources around the area. We bring resources to support the diverse population here in Lincoln. Some of our resources include healthy cooking classes and health screenings.

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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