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Nutrition, food and dietary care | VA Health Care Nebraska-Western Iowa

Our nutrition experts work closely with you and your healthcare team to ensure you get the nutrition you need to be and stay as healthy as possible.

Our dietitians can help you maintain or improve your health through good nutrition tailored to your needs.

What is food?

The study of how your body reacts to and uses the food you eat Nutrition involves identifying how certain diseases, conditions, or problems may be caused by dietary factors, such as poor diet, food allergies, illnesses , etc.

Objectives of nutritional treatment:

  • Develop a care plan designed to promote lasting well-being and positive self-care changes.
  • To prevent disease progression/manage disease.
  • Dietitians focus on how diseases, ailments, and problems can be prevented or alleviated through healthy eating.

What is a dietitian?

Dietitians are experts in food and nutritional “dietetics”. They advise people on what to eat to lead a healthy life or to achieve a specific health-related goal.

Nutritional services:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy / Nutrition Counseling
  • Telehealth: real-time video conferencing to deliver care between providers and patients outside of the VA facility
  • Telehealth at home MOVE!
  • Primary care at home
  • Insulin pump self-management
  • Group lessons
  • MOVEMENT! weight management
  • Community life center

Dietitians provide support, nutrition therapy and education for:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood fats (triglycerides, cholesterol)
  • Kidney disease/dialysis
  • weight management
  • liver disease
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Cancer
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder)
  • Sport and fitness
  • Food supplements
  • Shop on a budget
  • Receipts
  • Many other nutrition-related conditions

Nutritional appointments: personalized for you

  • Face-to-face office visits
  • Telephone consultation
  • My healtheVeterinary secure messaging

What to expect during a visit to your dietitian:

  • A review of medical history, favorite foods, eating and exercise habits, medications, and general lifestyle
  • Personalized advice
  • Set goals and priorities
  • Follow-up visits will focus on maintenance and tracking progress

MOVEMENT! weight management program for veterans

  • National program designed to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
  • Visits are free
  • Tailored to the unique needs of each Veteran
  • For veterans of all skill levels
  • Designed for men and women
  • Focuses on healthy habits in nutrition, activity and behavior that will last a lifetime
  • Visits can be individual, by telephone coaching or in a group

Call 402-995-3599 to learn more.

Healthy Educational Cooking

  • Free co-payment
  • Offered on VA Video Connect and in person

Classes include but are not limited to: Diabetes Cooking Class, Heart Healthy Cooking for Women, Budgeting Cooking Class, Anti-Inflammatory, Food and Mood, Intro to Cooking, Diet Cooking Class mediterranean, farmer’s market foods, cooking class for women healthy education and kitchen gadget Cooking class

Registration Information: 402-995-3599


Omaha VA dietitians can be reached at:

Phone: 402-995-4899

Grand Island VA Hospital dieticians can be reached at:

Phone: 308-382-3660 ext. 2440

Lincoln VA Clinic dietitians can be reached at:

Phone: 402-489-3802 ext. 6581

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.