Meeting Nutrition Goals to Improve Wellness
Jill wanted to feel better and improve her health so she made an appointment with Kay Guidarelli, a Dietician with Touchstone. Together, they reviewed Jill’s current eating habits, what foods she usually ate and the barriers she has in accessing healthy food. They formed a diet plan together and set weekly goals to help her stay on track. With this additional support, Jill is working to make some changes in her diet and keeping a daily food diary to track her goals. By working with someone like Kay who understands the barriers low-income individuals face, Jill has a realistic plan to meet her goals so she can be successful.
Touchstone’s Dietician works with individuals to identify their needs and provides nutrition education to help them understand the importance of nutrition for their physical and mental health. Clients are learning the importance of eating three meals a day, eating fruits and vegetables, and how protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats can support their overall health. Clients also learn to read food labels, find alternatives to sugar sweetened beverages, and how to find places where they can get healthy food close to where they live.
The program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and is open to all adults who are low income, have a mental illness and live in Hennepin County. A referral is not needed to access this service. To make an appointment or if you have questions, call 612-874-6409 and ask for Touchstone Health and Wellness Services.