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Published on January 30, 2013

New nutrition service offered at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital

Cathy McLachlan, RD, certified dietitian/nutritionist at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, offers a large array of nutrition services to both inpatients and outpatients at the local hospital. She notes that recently many insurance companies have recognized the essential role nutrition plays in overall health and disease prevention. Because of that, many are paying for nutrition services, encouraging their plan participants to seek nutrition education and help so they can improve their current health. “In addition, insurers understand that nutrition counseling can also help their plan participants avoid conditions associated with less healthy eating habits, so I am seeing patients who are looking to adopt healthy eating habits for prevention as well.”

BMI, or body mass index, is a calculated estimate of an individual’s body fat based on weight and height. One new program Mrs. McLachlan is offering is available to Medicare patients whose BMI is above a certain number. She stated, “This is a needed service that we are happy to provide. It can be very helpful to folks who need a bit of information, direction and some periodic contact to help them stay on track.” She said she implemented this program, intensive behavior therapy, with some clients beginning in November, and has seen some progress already.

The new intensive behavior therapy program is just one of the services Mrs. McLachlan offers at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. Other nutrition services include diabetes education for people of all ages; counseling for gestational diabetes; consults for special needs including lactose intolerance, celiac and pediatric nutrition issues; and the Lifesteps® program.

For more information about the new intensive behavior therapy program or other nutrition services offered at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, call Cathy McLachlan, RD, at 607/865-2159.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is a 25-bed facility based in Walton and offering diagnostic and treatment services, acute care, and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital is a member of UHS, a locally-owned, not-for-profit, 916 -bed hospital and health care system serving the greater Binghamton area.

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