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

2022 Nutrition Department Online Classes

  • All Classes will be facilitated via Microsoft Teams
  • Both Program last 5 weeks
  • Live Classes with our Registered Dietitian

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:

Class #1: March 22 - April 19 at 2:00pm

Class #2: April 26 – May 24 at 2:00pm

Class #3: April 28 – May 26 at 10:00am

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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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.”