Nutrition Services

Whether looking to improve your health through healthy eating habits, or if a disease or condition requires you to re-think your diet, Winneshiek Medical Center’s clinical dietitians are available to guide you. Working closely with your doctor, our registered, licensed dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy to meet your health needs as well as meal plans that meet your taste preferences.

Our dietitians are available through referral. Call the Nutrition Services Department to learn more about our services at 563-382-2911 or talk to your doctor.

Nutrition Services at WMC

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Individual nutrition counseling
  • Patient education
  • Weight loss/gain programs
  • Diabetes education and support
  • Nutrition support for inpatients

Farmers Market Coupon Program

Winneshiek Medical Center offers Winneshiek County senior citizens free coupons, which are distributed in June, to be used at the Decorah farmers market each summer season.  Participants  receive coupons for locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Winneshiek Medical Center Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program is funded by The United Way of Winneshiek County, with participating vendors from the Decorah farmers market. The coupons can only be used for fruits and vegetables and may not be exchanged for money.

Recipients of these coupons must be Winneshiek County residents, age 65 and older, and bring proof of their residency and age to the distribution site.  A WMC Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program ID card or driver’s license are both acceptable identifying documents. If seniors received coupons the previous year, they are asked to bring their past WMC Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program ID card to help coordinators evaluate the success of the program. There are no income guidelines to participate in this program.

Mobile Meals

Winneshiek Medical Center Nutrition Services offers the Mobile Meals program for patients in Decorah unable to provide meals for themselves. The program provides a noon meal consisting of an entrée, a starch, vegetable, dessert and bread at a cost of $7.00.

The meal for the patient and spouse (if requested) are delivered Monday through Friday, and most holidays. Community volunteers deliver meals to residents within Decorah city limits.

This program is designed for Decorah residents requiring general or modified diets, such as diabetic, low sodium (salt), etc. This short- or long-term option may be requested by the patient’s doctor after a hospital stay or by individuals themselves.

Heat & Eat

Heat & Eat entrées are packaged and frozen meals, available through Winneshiek Medical Center Nutrition Services Department at a cost of $5.00 each.

Each meal consists of an entrée, starch, vegetable, bread, dessert and milk. A three-day advanced notice is required and payment for the meal is due at the time of pick-up. Pick-ups are Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 9 am–4 pm. The container is microwavable and oven-safe.

Edible Landscape

Patients, staff and visitors are treated to a variety of fresh organically-grown produce from the courtyard garden at Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC).  The Edible Landscape Project began in the spring of 2009 as a joint project between WMC and master gardener David Cavagnaro and the Pepperfield Project.  David and his team experimented with techniques such as crop rotation and unique production methods so that every summer since then, an abundance of organically grown produce has flourished on the WMC campus.

The edible landscape stretches beyond the traditional vegetable garden by combing beauty with functionality.  Nearly two dozen vegetables and herbs decorate the space including tomatoes, butternut squash, purple basil and deep green kale.   Flowering perennials can also be found throughout the garden.

Diabetes Education

Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 37.3 million children and adults in the United States (11.3% of the population). 28.7 million individuals are aware of the diagnosis of diabetes but 8.5 million individuals are undiagnosed. Approximately 96 million Americans have pre-diabetes (38% of the population) and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Being diagnosed with diabetes is manageable with some lifestyle modifications. Winneshiek Medical Center offers Diabetes Education services, including nutrition counseling, individualized outpatient educational sessions, and instruction on insulin administration and self-glucose monitoring. The Diabetes Education team consists of registered dietitians and registered nurses who work with your doctor to develop a personalized care plan to meet your health needs.

Weight Management

Is your weight affecting your quality of life? Winneshiek Medical Center offers an Individualized Weight Management Program for patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+ to help you improve your health, with the continued support of registered dietitians.

Those who qualify could be eligible for up to 22 visits with a dietitian per year. WMC’s Individualized Weight Management Program may be covered by your insurance, under the benefit: “Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity.” This service is 100% covered by Medicare.

The 2019 Winneshiek County Health Rankings show 32% of Winneshiek County adults have a BMI of 30 or higher, meaning that nearly 1/3 of Winneshiek County adults may qualify for the Individualized Weight Management Program.

Lowering your weight can reduce your risk for health problems. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Some lung diseases
  • Some cancers
  • Mental health problems

To learn more about our weight management program visit: Weight Management

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