Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Phoenix VA Health Care System

Menu
Menu
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My HealtheVet badge
EBenefits Badge
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Hospitality and Food Service (NH&FS)

Nutrition, Hospitality & Food Services is comprised of three major program areas: Clinical Nutrition, Hospitality and Food Services. Staff members function as one cohesive department and collaborate to best serve our Veterans and all our internal/external customers. Our programs are designed not just to improve the Veterans' nutritional conditions, but also to focus on preventative care and wellness. The dietitian serves as an integral member of the health care team and functions as the nutrition expert in client care, education, and research. You can contact your clinic to schedule a nutrition class or nutrition appointment.

We would like to introduce you to the services provided by the clinical nutrition team. We have registered dietitians working with veterans to improve their health everyday including inpatient, outpatient, telehealth, and home based care.  We also have a dietitian at each community based outpatient clinic including the Southeast clinic, Northwest clinic, and Thunderbird clinic.  Each outpatient clinic dietitian is available for individual appointment, telephone appointments, and teaches multiple nutrition classes every week. Our goal is to assist each veteran in improving their overall health and wellbeing by providing education, motivation, and support in making healthy lifestyle changes. 

Nutrition classes are an excellent opportunity to learn about general nutrition knowledge in a group setting.  Weekly, we have classes that vets are welcome to attend without a referral or consult.  We also have our MOVE Weight management program which offers a variety of options to aid you in managing your weight including: face to face group classes, face to face individual appointment with a dietitian, and the TeleMOVE program that can be followed from home by using a phone or an internet web based program for weight management support. 

In the outpatient setting, our dietitians are available daily and often able to meet with you the same day you are here for other appointments.  They also provide telephone appointments if more convenient than coming in for a face to face appointment.  For our Globe and Show Low Vets, we do provide computerized video appointments for both individuals and groups.  

Please keep in mind that you do not need a referral or consult to receive services from the clinical nutrition department.  We are often available to see you as a walk in or on the same day as other scheduled appointments.  And for our MOVE Weight management program there are no co pays.

Our goal is to assist you in improving your health and overall wellbeing.  We hope to visit with you soon.  

Directory of Nutrition Education Programs and Services

This section lists all the nutrition education programs and services available to you at this VA facility. Participating in these programs will help you:

  • Improve your health and well-being;
  • Learn to manage any health problems you may have.
  • Discover weight management strategies and information

Phoenix clinics: 602-277-5551
- Diamond clinic ext. 1-6746
- Emerald clinic ext. 1-6344
- Gold clinic ext. 1-6813
- Turquoise clinic ext. 1-5608
NW clinic 623-266-8423
SE clinic 480-397-2871
Thunderbird clinic 602-633-6980

Please call your PACT team if you would like to schedule for any of the following classes or programs:

 

Schedules for classes held at CBOCs:

 

Phoenix VA offers the following Classes weekly:

Diabetes Meal Planning

  • Mondays 2-3 pm
  • Tuesdays: Noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursdays: noon-1pm
  • Fridays: 8-9 a.m.
    • Info Provided: Learn carbohydrate sources, balanced meal planning guidelines and appropriate meal schedule in order to manage your glucose levels.
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

Heart Healthy Living

  • Mondays: 1-2 pm
  • Tuesdays: 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 2-3pm
  • Thursday: 2-3pm
  • Friday: 8-9am
    • Info Provided: Healthy diet recommendations to reduce your risk for heart disease, assist with managing your blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and making healthy nutrition choices.
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

Nutrition Basics

  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays: 10-11 a.m.
    • Info Provided: Determine your risk for chronic conditions, learn healthy eating basics, and break down label reading.
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

Whole Health Coaching

  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays: 10-11 a.m.
    • Info Provided: Determine what your health goals are and what your first steps should be to achieve them. Learn how to take more initiative in your own healthcare.
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

MOVE! Weight Management Orientation

  • Mondays: 10-11 am
  • Tuesdays: 9-10 am
  • Wednesday: noon-1 pm
  • Thursday: 8-9 am
  • Friday: 2-3 pm.
  • Thursdays: Noon-1 p.m.
    • Info Provided: The basics of weight loss, setting health goals, and information on MOVE! Weight management program
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Class

  • 2nd and 4th Mondays: 2-3pm
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays: 9-10am
    • Info Provided: Learn how to eat for chronic pain and inflammation diseases
    • Location: Building 21, room 102

Healthy Kitchen Program: 12 weeks of cooking - start at any time

  • Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon
    • Info Provided: Learn healthy cooking while preparing dishes with other veterans.
    • Location: ACC Basement Quads

Phoenix VA offers the following Classes/Programs Monthly:

Weight Management Support Group: Walk-in class

  • 1st Wednesday of the month: 11am-12pm 
    • Info Provided: Meet other veterans trying to manage their weight and find support to reaching your goals
    • Location: ACC basement quads

Introduction to Bariatric Surgery

  • 1st Tuesday of the month: 8:30-9:30am
  • 3rd Wednesdays of the month: 1-2pm
    • Info Provided: Learn about the different types of bariatric surgery, who is a candidate, and the Phoenix VA specific bariatric pathway 
    • Location: ACC basement quads 

Bariatric Nutrition Class

  • 2nd Tuesdays of the month: 10-11am
  • 3rd Wednesdays of the month: 2:30-3:30pm
    • Info Provided: Learn about the post bariatric surgery diet progression
    • Location: Varies

Understanding Disordered Eating

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: 10-11am
    • Info Provided: Learn about emotional eating, disordered eating habits, and find out about treatment options
    • Location: Topaz Clinic Conference Room

Diabetes Basics Live!

  • 1st Thursday of the month from 2-4pm.
    • Info provided: Dietitian and Pharmacist teach strategies to manage the diet and medications for diabetes
    • Location: Building 21, room 111

Saturday Heart Healthy

  • 1st Saturday of the month 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Info Provided: Discussion on diet and cholesterol, reducing sodium intake, and other info on protecting your heart
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

Saturday MOVE Orientation

  • 1st Saturday of the Month 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Info Provided: The basics of weight loss, setting health goals, and information on MOVE! Weight management program
    • Location: Emerald Clinic

Diabetes CVT

  • 2nd Monday of the month 9am-12pm
  • 4th Thursday of the month 1pm-4pm
    • Info Provided: Learn about the disease of diabetes and how to manage the diet and medications taught by a nurse, dietitian and pharmacist
    • Location: Rehab Building, 2nd floor room 2025

Phoenix VA offers the following Classes/Programs Quarterly:

MOVE! Weight Management 12 week Class Series: Begins the first full week of the month in January, April, July and October.

  • Mondays 8-9 a.m.
  • Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursdays 5-6 p.m.
    • Info Provided: 12 weeks of education about nutrition, exercise, and the psychology of weight loss.
    • Location: ACC Basement conference room

Healthy Living Workshop - New workshops start in January, April, and September

  • 6 week workshop - Please call your PACT team dietitian for details
    • Info Provided: Self-management techniques to deal with your chronic health condition and its symptoms, Disease related problem solving, Goal setting, Improving self-efficacy, Self-tailoring
    • Location: ACC Basement conference room

For more information or to see our class calendar please visit:  http://www.phoenix.va.gov/calendar.asp

Contact Info

Location

  • Main Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 602-277-5551

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.