Local HSHS Hospitals Raising Nutrition Awareness


HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland and HSHS Holy Family in Greenville are educating the community about nutrition and the importance of eating healthy. According to their Community Health Needs Assessment performed in 2018 for Clinton, Bond and Madison counties, obesity is one of the top priority improvement areas.

Despite numerous campaigns by health professionals and the CDC to eat healthy, Americans struggle with eating well and the subsequent obesity that can occur with poor eating habits. According to the CDC, approximately 93.3 million of US adults are obese. With obesity comes obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.

The CDC estimates that fewer than one in 10 children and adults eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables, and only four in 10 children and fewer than one in seven adults eat enough fruit. Lack of proper nutrients impacts overall health and our economy. Poor nutrition can be costly if diseases develop as a result.

“As a dietitian I work one-on-one with clients to guide them in making the best nutrition choices possible to benefit their needs to live their best lives,” said Brooke Lipe, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian for HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland and HSHS Holy Family Greenville. “By taking mindful steps and eating a balanced diet that includes all food groups, we can live our best lives.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and Highland and Holy Family in Greenville offer clinical nutrition services with our Registered and Licensed Dietitians, Angela Kruse, Brooke Lipe and Kayla Barnes. Our dieticians provide knowledge and education on how to live a healthier lifestyle while still maintaining convenience and affordability.

“Living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition is highly important for reducing risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases, said Angela Kruse, MS, RD, LD for St. Joseph’s Breese and Holy Family Greenville. “In addition, we also work with patients who are faced with diseases unrelated to obesity to assist them in finding the right nutritional balance they need.”

Counseling appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a referral from your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care doctor, visit hshsmd.org to find a health care professional.

For more information about obesity and proper nutrition, visit https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html and https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/about-nutrition/why-it-matters.html.

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