Nutrition Services

Ocean Health Initiatives offers a full range of outpatient nutrition services designed to help you achieve optimal health and feel your best.

What is a Dietitian?

A Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who can translate the latest scientific breakthroughs into practical food choices.

Individualized Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition counseling is available for, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Healthy Eating and Wellness
  • Weight Loss
  • Label Reading
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Renal Disease
  • Weight Control

Dietitian and You

By improving your eating habits, you are taking steps towards a healthier you. During your appointment with the Dietitian you will receive individual counseling and specific guidance with personalized goals. Your registered dietitian will:

  • Review your diet history and help you set goals that fit your lifestyle
  • Analyze your usual food intake and suggest changes to improve your eating habits
  • Provide personalized diet instructions based on mutually determined goals
  • Work with your OHI provider and inform them of your nutrition care plan

To get started with Individualized Nutrition Counseling Click here

What to expect during your nutrition appointment. Click below for brochures.

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2023 Nutrition Department Online Classes

  • All Classes will be facilitated via Microsoft Teams
  • Both Program last 5 weeks
  • Live Classes with our Registered Dietitian
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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP)

Attending all of the HDSP programs, participants will receive a fit bit, two cookbooks, and a daily food journal.

HDSP Schedule:

HDSP class schedule to be announced. Please check back for updates.

To sign up for HDSP classes click here

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSMES)

DSMES Schedule:

DSMES class schedule to be announced. Please check back for updates.

To sign up for DSMES classes click here

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OHI'S REGISTERED NUTRITIONISTS

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Giavonna Hirtes

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Education and Industry Experience: I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree and completed my supervised Dietetic Internship at Montclair State University. I became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Commission of Dietetics Registration in 2014 and have been working in the field ever since. I have experience and different areas of dietetics such as retail, community, clinical in-patient and outpatient nutrition.

How long have you been with OHI: Since February 2022

What does your day to day look like within your role: Patient education through medical nutrition therapy in one-on-one consultations to set personalized goals or education in group settings to share ideas and collaborate with others.

Favorite part of working at OHI: Helping patients realize their own skills and potential to nourish their bodies in ways that work for them and re-build a healthy relationship with food.

Certifications: Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults through the Commission of Dietetics Registration.

Quote: “I enjoy what I do, especially helping my patients find balance in their lives to enjoy the foods and activities they love all while promoting health and wellness.”