Nutrition and Health in Iowa

  • In Iowa, 65.4 percent of all adults, age 18 and older, are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or more
  • More than one in four (28.4 percent) Iowa adults are obese with a BMI of 30 or greater

According to the latest information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle

Whether you want to drop a few pounds or elevate your personal condition with healthier lifestyle choices, our clinical dietitians at the Shenandoah Medical Center offer you expertise, resources and support.

Our registered dietitians and support team works with acute care patients found to be at nutritional risk. All skilled patients are assessed by the dietitian in a timely fashion. Care is coordinated with the health care team and regular follow up visits are conducted to monitor patient progress.

Outpatient visits are arranged through a doctor's referral. Once the dietitian receives the referral, you will be contacted to set a convenient appointment time for a nutrition consultation. Outpatients check-in at the Wellness Center's reception/admissions desk.

Dietitian Consultation

One-on-one consultations with a dietitian provide you with access to education resources and personal consultation in several key areas:

  • Weight management
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes or diabetes prevention
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Gluten-free diets
  • Wellness counseling

Nutrition Education Programs

The Shenandoah Medical Center offers nutrition consultation as well, with the following programs now covered by Medicare:

  • Six months of weight-loss counseling
  • Additional months of weight-loss counseling as long as progress continues
  • Nutrition counseling for chronic kidney disease

Additional information about healthy nutrition is available from these partner resources:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association

For more information about nutrition and dietitian services available at the Shenandoah Medical Center, please contact Shala Davidson, RD at (712) 246-7400.

Dietitian Services

Shenandoah Medical Center
1 Jack Foster Dr.
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
(712) 246-7400