• Fresh Focus S6 #34: Caregiver Support Program

    During a nutrition assessment, your registered dietitian nutritionist will ask your Veteran a lot of questions, but also to you, the caregiver. Being a caregiver comes with a unique set of challenges and the Caregiver Support Program can help.

  • Fresh Focus S6 #33: Caring for the mealtime giver

    Families and caregivers are a Veteran’s support system and help to prevent or manage chronic illness with healthy eating. Nutritionists want to support you!

  • Fresh Focus S6 #32: Lack of focus while eating

    If you have ever been distracted while eating, you know how easy it can happen to any one of us. But when we're concerned when a loved one may not be eating enough, we want to focus on how to help them reduce distracted eating.

  • Fresh Focus S6 #31: Speech Therapy

    As a caregiver or someone in a Veteran’s support system, you may notice your loved one having difficulty chewing or swallowing certain food items. Although there are suggestions your VA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will make, we often pair up with Speech Therapy for a comprehensive team approach.

  • Fresh Focus S6 #30: Difficulty eating

    Have ever been sitting at the kitchen table with your veteran loved one and notice they may be starting to have some difficulty feeding themselves?

  • Fresh Focus S6 #29: Malnutrition

    When people think of seeing a Registered Dietitian, they think of eating healthier or aiming to lose weight to meet a specific goal. However, for some of our Veterans, gaining too much weight is not their problem it is actually quite the opposite. When you go many days without eating enough, many changes occur inside your body. Your body will start to break down muscle and fat to use for energy. This can lead to a condition called malnutrition. 

  • Fresh Focus #28: Personalizing your plate for weight loss

    In episode 28 of the Fresh Focus Podcast, we are continuing to celebrate National Nutrition Month® and talking specifics on how to “personalize your plate” if weight loss is a goal of yours.

  • Fresh Focus #27: Eat to support a healthy heart

    This year, National Nutrition Month® explores how to “personalize your plate” to fit your own goals, and in this Fresh Focus Podcast episode we emphasize personalizing your plate to support a healthy heart.

  • Fresh Focus #26: Personalize Your Plate

    The Fresh Focus team feels that the best way to personalize your plate is by using a recipe from the Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) program. The HTK is an educational resource within VHA Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) to promote nutrition and wellness.

  • Fresh Focus #25: National Nutrition Month

    March is a special time of year where Dietitan’s (RD) spend an entire month talking about food. That is right 31 days of pure food bliss.

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