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Nutrition Counseling

Infused water, fruit and salad bars are promoted daily at Community Healthcare System facilities.

Your Healthy Diet Starts Here

At Community Healthcare System, retraining to regain a healthy dietary outlook on life or deal with nutritional needs after a life-altering diagnosis of cancer or diabetes, heart failure, obesity or other condition doesn't stop at the bedside.

Our nutrition services team coordinates with physicians, registered nurses, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, the Centers for Diabetes and physical therapists to offer outpatient counseling, classes and exercise options for long-term success and dietary adjustments for a healthy life.

The Community Healthcare System offers one of the most comprehensive programs in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago market for medical, surgical and lifestyle weight solutions such as Healthy For Life, Integrative Medicine and exercise sessions at Fitness Pointe.

Our programs are specially tailored to help you stay healthy, lose weight and keep it off by offering access to weight loss, bariatric surgery, lifetime wellness and fitness education.
In addition to our nutritional counseling, we provide psychosocial and psychiatric counseling for long-term success.

Education & Screenings

The hospitals of Community Healthcare System offer several free and low-cost educational programs, screenings and support to help people eat better, live healthier, manage a chronic disease or recoup from a serious illness.

Nutritional Counseling: To help achieve goals for weight loss, a normal blood sugar level and a healthier lifestyle, Community Healthcare system offers nutritional counseling by a registered dietitian on an individual or group basis at all of our hospitals.

A physician’s referral is required. Cost varies, depending on insurance.

For more information on nutritional counseling at:
Community Hospital, call 219-934-2858;
St. Catherine Hospital, 219-392-7060;
St. Mary Medical Center, 219-947-6063.

Diabetes Self-Management Education: Our outpatient diabetes education program, recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education, offers training on insulin administration, self-blood glucose monitoring, diet and meal planning, exercise, stress and nutritional counseling.

A registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator can help you develop a personalized meal plan matched to their lifestyle and medication plan. An exercise consultation may also be included.

To learn more about Diabetes Self-Management Education at Community Hospital, call 219-836-7714; St. Catherine Hospital Center for Diabetes Care, which also holds advanced certification from The Joint Commission for inpatient care, 219-392-7786; and St. Mary Medical Center, 219-937-6234.

Weight-Loss Surgery: Is it Right for Me? General and bariatric surgeons with the Community Healthcare System discuss new options for treatment of obesity.

Weight No More Support Group: Support and information is shared among those who have had weight-loss surgery or are thinking about it. Topics include meal planning, artificial sweetener use, dining out and travel tips.

Getting There

We can help you find a diet that's right for you, and one that will help you life well, work well to produce positive results.

To learn more about our outpatient class offerings and screenings throughout our healthcare system, search here for class offerings and screenings throughout our healthcare system, which includes Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

For personal assistance to find an class or resource, call: 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477. The service, which includes assistance in Spanish, is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here to receive a copy of our free Take Care! Program guide and Vim & Vigor health magazine. For information on upcoming programs or physician referral, call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477.