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FAQs

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist? What happens during a nutrition assessment? Find out all this and more in our Nutrition FAQs!

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:

  • completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and course work approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education,
  • completed a six to twelve month supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency and foodservice operation,
  • passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and
  • complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration

We will ask you about your height and weight, your medical history, your appetite and how you are eating, your medications, and your symptoms and concerns. Together, we will develop an individualized nutrition plan to help you manage your illness, boost your immune system, and handle symptoms and complications. If needed, we will also discuss food safety and help you to identify additional sources of food.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care provided by a Registered Dietitian. It includes diagnosis, therapy and counseling services targeted to disease management. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving Medical Nutrition Therapy.

We contact clients at least every six months to do a full review of your medical and nutritional needs. However, if you have any changes or concerns at any time, please call us at 212.294.8103 or send us an email at nutrition@glwd.org.

Clients often tell us that they can’t finish the entrée all at once and that’s fine. It’s okay to split up our meals into smaller more frequent meals. Just be sure to refrigerate whatever you don’t eat right away to ensure that it will be good for up to two days. After that, we recommend that you throw away any leftover food.

The safest way to defrost a meal is to place it on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator overnight. It will be ready to be reheated the next day. Defrosting can also be done in a microwave. Food thawed in the microwave should be cooked right away. Food should never be left out on the counter to defrost.

Our frozen meals are good for three months in the freezer. Each meal is labeled with an “eat by” date to help you keep track of stored meals.

If you live within New York City, please call the NYC Emergency Food Line at 866-888-8777. If you live outside New York City, call the National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY.

To find out if you are eligible for or to apply for the Food Stamp Program, please call the Human Resources Administration at 877-.472.8411 or visit their website at www.nyc.gov/hra.

If you are having any difficulty chewing or swallowing at any time, please call the Nutrition Services Department at 212.294.8103 and speak with a Registered Dietitian. We can help you manage your food in different ways and/or discuss the special texture diets (minced and pureed) that are available.

Please call the Nutrition Services department at 212.294.8103 or email us at nutrition@glwd.org to check availability.

Simply send us an email at nutrition@glwd.org or call 212.294.8103 to place an order. Include your name, shipping address, phone number and the titles of the publications that you would like. As a non-profit agency, we are able to provide up to five copies of our publications to individuals or agencies free of charge. For orders larger than five, we must charge shipping fees. To make this process as convenient as possible, we will include an invoice with your order.

Our Registered Dietitians work with many accredited Dietetic Internship programs to provide a community nutrition rotation for Dietetic Interns.

Volunteer opportunities are available for nutrition students as well. A weekly commitment is desired.

For more information please contact:

Lisa Zullig, MS, RD, CDN
Director of Nutrition Services
212.294.8103
nutrition@glwd.org

Food Safety

Keep Your Food Safe!

Keeping food safe from contamination is an extremely important part of food handling and preparation. Good practices keep everyone healthy, especially people living with serious illness.

Nutrition + Illness Fact Sheets

Alzheimer's Disease

Providing a healthy diet for people with Alzheimer's Disease is often challenging for caregivers. However, maintaining good nutritional health not only has medical benefits, but also enhances quality of life.

Cancer and Supplements

This fact sheet provides helpful information on deciding whether supplements are right for you, along with a list of reputable online resources that offer research and fact sheets on many vitamins, minerals and other supplements on the market.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and related death with nearly 5 million cases in the United States. Nutrition therapy and lifestyle changes can play a large role in the management of CHF and lead to improved quality of life. Learn more about healthy choices from o…

Food Allergies

Are you unsure of what is considered a food allergy? For clarification and information on how they are diagnosed and managed, see our food allergy informational fact sheet.

Gynecologic Cancer

Each year, about 72,000 women in the United States are newly diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Ongoing research shows that achieving and maintaining the proper weight, eating a balanced diet, and getting regular exercise can both lessen the risk of getting gynecologic cancer and also help keep you strong dur…

High Blood Pressure

Did you know that high blood pressure (hypertension) often has no symptoms? The only way to find out if you have it is to get it checked. If untreated, high blood pressure puts a person at risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and blindness. For more information about high blood pressur…

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by intestinal inflammation. Learn more about the forms of this disease, their nutritional management and how to avoid micronutrient deficiencies.

Liver Disease

The largest organ in the body, the liver has hundreds of functions that are essential to life. If you have liver disease, supporting your liver through diet is an important part of treatment. Learn more from our Liver Disease fact sheet.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive neurological disease that affects movement and motor skills. Nutrition plays an important role in alleviating symptoms that can include weight loss, bone loss and constipation, as well as managing medications. Learn more from our informational sheet.

Renal Disease

Nutrition therapy is a very important aspect of managing end stage renal (kidney) disease. Since the kidney is unable to remove waste products and toxins adequately, limiting your intake of restricted foods and eating enough of the right kind of foods can help control waste build up in the blood. Here are som…

Soy and Breast Cancer

Get ready for a change! The effect of food on cancer is an ongoing area of research. And one of the most controversial questions has been the effect of soy on breast cancer. Suspected of possibly raising the risk of this cancer, tofu, soy milk and other soy products were avoided. However, recent studies have …

Videos

Food Safety Instructions

Published on Nov 30, 2016

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Food Safety Instructions in Chinese

Published on Mar 28, 2018

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Superfoods for Breast Cancer

Published on Feb 20, 2018

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Bone Health for Breast Cancer

Published on Oct 13, 2017

In this video, made with our friends at SHARE Cancer Support, our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jamie gives nutrition tips for bone health for those living with breast cancer.

Healthy Fats for Breast Cancer

Published on Jun 19, 2018

In this video, made with our friends at SHARE Cancer Support, our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ronnie gives nutrition tips about healthy fats for those living with breast cancer.