United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Nutrition and Food Services

VHA Nutrition Information Education

 

The VA has Registered Dietitians ready and willing to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns.  Just ask!

-Let your doctor or nurse know you want to speak with a dietitian.
-At your next VA visit, ask to be referred to a  dietitian.
-Ask if there are any same day appointments or nutrition classes with the dietitian.
-Contact your local VA. Ask to be transferred to the Nutrition and Food Service to schedule an appointment.

The VA Registered Dietitians are studing ways to provide better patient education:

In today’s techno-centric world, people (yes, even older people) are becoming ever more accustomed to the use of multimedia and interactive technologies to deliver entertainment and information. Recent advances in mobile computing have made it feasible to use these technologies to enhance bedside nutrition education, allowing us to better address the needs of all types of learners and create a more engaging, and more memorable, education experience. Currently, a pilot project us underway within the Memphis VA NFS department to determine the acceptability and efficacy of the use of such technology with hospitalized veterans.

Nutrition Information 

Nutrition Fact sheets -- Nutrition handounts developed by Registered Dietitians at Veterans Health Administration Medical Centers around the nation on a variety of topics.

Nutrition Information on the Internet:

Although we have made reasonable efforts to assure the accuracy of the information to which we have linked, the VH A Nutrition and Food Service does not assume responsibility for information. 

Resource for further information:

 

Healthfinder

The U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services has organized a large amount of information from federal and state agencies. There is an extensive list of web resources referenced. Also this site has a list of on-line medical journals, a database of toll-free numbers, a library locator, medical dictionaries and information about support and self-help groups

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Dietary Guidelines for Americans is published jointly every 5 years by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases

Internet References Handout

General Nutrition/Healthy Eating/Health Claim Questions

Federal Consumer Information Center  
The Consumer Information Center provides access hundreds of educational materials on health, food, and nutrition—all of which have been reviewed by government agencies.     

 

Cardiovascular Disease  

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute  
Sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/NIH. At this site, consumers learn how to "Aim for a Healthy Weight", assessing their health risks and tips for controlling their weight. Tips include how to select a weight loss program, menu planner guide, recipes etc.

 

Diabetes  

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases Patient education materials, publications, statistics   

 

HIV/AIDS 

AIDS Information - Centers for Disease Control  
HIVATIS: This is a site from the Centers for Disease Control on HIV/AIDS that lists links on subjects like supplements, travel and food safety and nutrition.
   

 

Weight/Obesity Management   

MOVE!  
MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
Move Handouts

 Weight Control Information - Center for Disease Control Center for Disease Control site providing realistic tips on how to incorporate physical activity and good nutrition into your life.  Provides practical and motivational tips for developing an effective activity program.        

Food Safety

Food Safety  Your Gate Way to Federal Food Safety