Food & Nutrition Services
Creating 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 a registered dietitian
to create a healthy, customized diet.
With a doctor's referral, people can receive individual or group medical
nutrition therapy that fits their lifestyle and health goals.
Create a diet designed for:
- Gaining or losing weight
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Food allergies
- Kidney disease
- During and after pregnancy
- Athletic activities
- Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.)
Your insurance or Medicare plan may cover certain nutritional services.
Talk with your provider about what is covered in your plan.
Building Your New Diet
To create your meal plan, the dietician will perform a nutritional analysis,
evaluating the foods you normally eat, what kinds of nutrients your body
needs, and more.
With our dietician, you will receive help with
- Creating a meal plan
- Learning what to look for on nutrition labels
- Coming up with new recipes
- Recommendations of specific vitamins and/or minerals
- Tracking weight to your desired goal
- Instilling healthier eating habits
Chronic Disease Prevention Program
According to Illinois Department of Public Health County Level Disease
Prevalence Data of 2009, Piatt County has the following statistics:
- Population with Overweight and Obesity (BMI greater than 25 and 30): 62%
- Population that has been told they have high Blood Pressure: 30%, with
85% on blood pressure lowering medication.
- Population that has been told they have high Cholesterol: 40%
- Population that has been told they have Diabetes Mellitus: 13%, up from
8% in 2006.
In June 2012, Kirby Medical Center applied for and received Illinois Critical
Access Hospital grant monies pertaining to the prevention of chronic disease.
The grant’s focus is on Healthy Diet & Fitness Promotion. After
development and planning, Kirby Medical Center is proud to offer the Live
Well Program beginning in the month of November.
This 6 month wellness program is targeted for any person wanting to maintain
or improve their current health status. Live Well classes are held weekly
on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm in the medical center’s education
room. Topics include healthy diet related strategies, cooking demonstrations,
and exercise promotion. Participates have access to weekly weigh-ins,
anthropometrics, and health-related discussions.
Classes include PowerPoint programs of relevant topics presented by Kirby
Medical Center’s registered dietitian, Sara E. Wade, as well as
other health professionals such as an exercise physiologist, occupational
therapist, certified diabetes educator, and
Fresh Start diet coach. Cost to participants does not go through medical insurance
and is $35 monthly. The cost also includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment with meal
plan by a registered dietitian. To take advantage of this new program,
simply get a referral from your doctor. For more information, call (217) 762-1904.
Services Hours & Dates
- By appointment: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To make an appointment,
as your primary physician for a referral.
Peace Meal Cupcakes
- Food & Nutrition Services takes great pleasure in creating colorful
themed cupcakes once per month for the Peace Meal program.
The Apple a Day Café
Apple a Day Cafe is located at the end of the main promenade of the Health Center. Menus
are posted daily at the Welcome Desk and the Dining area. It offers several
Breakfast: 6:30 to 9:30 am
Lunch: 11 am to 1:30 pm
Open with Grab & Go items & beverages 6:30 am to 3pm
Food & Nutrition Services
Kirby Medical Center
1000 Medical Center Drive
Monticello, IL 61856
Registered Dietitian, Sara E. Wade R.D., L.D.N., is our Food & Nutrition