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Dietitian & Diabetes Education

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Meet our Registered Dietitian

wadeSara Eades MS, RD, LDN – Food and Nutrition Services Director

  • Nutrition Education Specialist
  • Level 1 Diabetes Educator
  • Level 2 Weight Management Certificate

Working with Our Dietitians

Adhering to a diet that meets your specific nutritional needs can be difficult. Researching the pros and cons of various types of food and keeping track of all the serving sizes can feel overwhelming, which is why we are here to help. At Kirby Medical Center, you can work with our registered dietitians to create a healthy, customized diet and activity plan to assist you in meeting your overall health goals.

With a doctor’s referral, you can receive individual medical nutrition therapy, diabetes education, or general nutrition education that fit your lifestyle and future health goals.

Eating plans designed for:

  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Food allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • During and after pregnancy

Your insurance or Medicare plan may cover certain nutritional services. Call your insurance and ask about what services are covered in your plan. Kirby Medical Center also offers an “out of pocket/prompt pay” payment if your insurance does not cover the visit. Please call 217-762-1566 to discuss this option.​

Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity

If excess weight is taking a toll on your health, turn to Kirby Medical Center for help. Our new wellness program, Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity, is specifically designed for individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher – offering ongoing counseling and support to help program participants meet their weight-loss goals.

Building Your New Healthy Lifestyle

To create your personalized plan, the dietitian will perform a comprehensive nutritional assessment including past medical history, food, and activity analysis, biometric measurements, and current support system to assist you in achieving your best health. With our dietitian, you will receive support with:

  • Prioritizing your health goals
  • Instilling healthier eating habits
  • Creating a meal plan if needed
  • Learning what to look for on nutrition labels
  • Recreating favorite recipes to fit your healthy lifestyle
  • Understanding your lab work results
  • Tracking weight and activity toward your desired goal

Service Hours & Dates

Dietitian Availability

  • By appointment: Monday – Friday. To make an appointment, ask your primary physician for a referral and we will schedule you!

The Apple a Day Café

  • The Apple a Day Café is located at the end of the main promenade of Kirby Medical Center. Menus are posted daily at the Welcome Desk and the dining area offering healthy choices and a wide variety of meal and snack options.
  • Breakfast: 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Lunch: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
    Open with Grab & Go items and beverages from 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM