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Our Services

The Center for Applied Nutrition offers several classes and services including several cooking classes oriented to specific dietary concerns, and outpatient nutritional counseling through UMass Memorial Health Care where we see patients one on one for a variety of diagnosis, including cardiovascular, diabetes, weight loss, food allergies and intolerances, and gastrointestinal concerns. We also offer nutritional analysis for those interested in learning about their diet and how to improve it.

Individual Nutrition Counseling

Nutritional Counseling for your nutritional needs, our diverse team of registered; licensed dietitians are trained in assisting you with simple and clear ways to change your diet to meet your health needs.  All patients are seen in the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), 4th floor, cardio nutrition.  We see patients with non-cardiac diagnosis there also.

Please to contact scheduling at 508-334-3452, to schedule appointments. 

Check with your insurance prior to your appointment to find out if you are covered for medical nutrition therapy.  All billing is provided by UMMHC, not individual providers.

IBD/gluten and dairy-free classes

Especially oriented toward patients with inflammatory bowel disease, those with IBS, celiac, and other food allergies and intolerances are invited to join us for a full meal and fun program. If interested, please contact Barbara Olendzki at barbara.olendzki@umassmed.edu

IBD-AID Diet for IBD

We teach the Anti-Inflammatory Diet for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD-AID, see publication http://works.bepress.com/barbara_olendzki/46/

Conclusion: This case series indicates the potential for the IBD-AID to be used as an adjunctive or alternative therapy for the treatment of IBD. Notably, 9 out of 11 patients were able to be managed without anti-TNF therapy, and 100% of the patients had their symptoms reduced. To make clear recommendations for its use in clinical practice, randomized trials are needed alongside strategies to improve acceptability and compliance with the IBD-AID.

Nutritional Analysis

We have the capability to record diets and telephone surveys using annually updated nutrition data system for research (NDSR: the leading U.S. nutrient database and analysis system for research, containing over 18,000 foods and 8,000 brand name products and values for 155 nutrients, nutrient ratios and other food components. Trained and certified dietitian callers elicit information on dietary intake utilizing the multiple-pass technique, allowing for several distinct opportunities to obtain information about the participant’s food intake during the previous 24 hours.

Using the leading U.S. nutrient database, we have the ability to enter 24HR, 48 HR, or 72HR dietary recalls. If you are interested in having your diet analyzed, please e-mail a detailed dietary journal of foods consumed. For more information, please contact barbara.olendzki@umassmed.edu

Survey of the Nutrition Environment

Accessibility of healthy and unhealthy food is one of the most influential community-level factors affecting eating behaviors and chronic disease, yet the determinants and consequences of disparities remain poorly defined. Various factors may influence food purchasing and dietary intake, including lifestyle choice, income, travel mode and distance to the store, and within-store-level factors such as availability, quality, pricing, promotion, and proportion of healthy to unhealthy foods in neighborhood stores. 

The Community Nutrition Environment Evaluation Survey (C-NEEDS) instruments are designed to evaluate food stores, where people live.  These are especially powerful tools for public health and policy studies when used in combination with collected data on (1) individual shopping behaviors, (2) population densities and (3) the geographic distribution of nutrition-related chronic diseases. 

The UMass Center for Applied Nutrition and Health Geography Lab can assist with understanding consumer adaptations to adverse nutrition environments. We have demonstrated the ability to collect data on food purchasing behaviors and dietary intake of residents in these communities, and integration of personal-level data with C-NEEDS data will help answer some of these fundamental questions.