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Special nutrition consultation program offers aid in making healthy food choices

February 03, 2010

Amy Rood
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The Syracuse University College of Human Ecology’s Department of Nutrition Science and Dietetics wants to help campus members and the greater Central New York community improve eating habits and promote general well-being by making healthy food choices. Again this year, registered dietitians, led by Tanya Horacek, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Science and Dietetics, working with seniors and graduate students in the program, will provide accurate, thorough and confidential dietary consultation.

Consultation sessions are private and individualized, with flexible scheduling and locations. The series of four appointments (two in person and two via phone or e-mail) will address dietary issues but is lifestyle-oriented to ensure overall health. The cost for the program for SU and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) students is $20. SU/ESF faculty, staff and their partners are $30. The program is available to the local community for $40. All participants are eligible for a $20 reimbursement of the program fee if they attend all consultation sessions and complete a brief survey about the program.

Interested individuals may sign up for the nutrition consultation program by e-mailing Horacek at thoracek@syr.edu. Registration deadline is Feb. 16.

“Over the past 10 years, we have successfully helped hundreds of people meet their dietary goals through our friendly and effective nutrition consultation process,” says Horacek.

The first phase of the program includes completion of a medical and dietary survey, which will be e-mailed to participants upon registration for the program. The one-on-one appointments pair an individual with a nutrition consultant to formulate a reasonable and sustainable plan for improving dietary quality, which includes a detailed assessment of medical, dietary and lifestyle factors. During this appointment, the nutrition consultant will provide detailed feedback regarding dietary quality and will help participants map out goals and a plan related to improved nutritional habits. Appointments will take place during March and April.

The program is strictly disease prevention/health promotion and not medical nutrition therapy. If a participant is found to have risks beyond the scope of this program, referrals will be made for a more appropriate service and the participation fee will be refunded.

Individuals with specific questions about the program may contact Horacek directly at thoracek@syr.edu.

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