St. Luke's University Health Network

Nutrition Services

Medical Nutrition Services at St. Luke's

The St. Luke's Nutrition Services team is delighted to work with you and your physicians to create a meal plan tailored to your individual needs. We'll show you how proper nutrition can positively impact your health, and we'll give you the tools to eat well for life.

Ask Yourself These Questions

  • Have I ever been told my blood sugar is high or that I have diabetes?
  • Do I suffer with low blood sugar?
  • Is my cholesterol high?
  • Do I think I have an eating disorder?
  • Am I overweight by 25 pounds or more?
  • Does my weight affect the way I breathe, walk or carry out my daily activities? 
  • Have I recently lost weight without trying?
  • Do I have kidney or digestive problems?
  • Do I have food allergies?
  • Am I pregnant and need nutritional advice?
  • Do I need nutritional direction for my child? 

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy, a nutritional approach to treating medical conditions.

Patients in Medical Nutrition Therapy benefit from working with a registered dietitian to develop a personalized nutrition plan. The goal is to improve physical conditions through an appropriate and comprehensive eating plan.

Scheduling an Appointment

Ask your doctor today about Medical Nutrition Therapy at St. Luke's and begin eating for life. We offer individual appointments with flexible scheduling. A physician prescription is required for treatment.

Bethlehem

St. Luke's University Hospital -
Bethlehem Campus
Nutrition Services
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-1000

Allentown

St. Luke's Family
Health Center
Nutrition Services
1501 Lehigh Street
Allentown, PA 18104
610-628-8979

Coaldale

St. Luke's Hospital -
Miners Campus
Nutrition Services
360 West Ruddle Street
Coaldale, PA 18218
570-645-8107

Quakertown

St. Luke's Hospital -
Quakertown Campus
Nutrition Services
1021 Park Avenue
Quakertown, PA 18951
215-538-4598

 


 

 

Getting and Staying Healthy – a Few Simple Steps

The right gasoline will make your car run better. The proper oil or gas will keep your home toasty warm. It is the same with your body. If you follow some simple tips, you will feel better, have more energy and reduce your risk for some conditions. Here are a few easy steps to getting and staying healthy.

1. Start with a plan

Planning is really a process – a simple, thoughtful series of steps that are focused on an objective with small goals along the way. Write down your plan for food and activity, but keep it simple and achievable!

2. Know your weaknesses

Know your weaknesses, accept them and work with them. For example:

  • If you know that you can’t exercise when you get home from work, then get up one half hour earlier in the morning.
  • If you absolutely must sleep as long as possible in the morning, then find a buddy and walk at night. 
  • If you MUST have ice cream Saturday night at the game, then have one scoop, not two. 
  • If pancakes after church on Sunday are part of your routine, then order a short stack – and eat only half!

Don’t give up on your favorite foods - just have them in moderation.

3. Keep Track

Recording your weekly menus, weight losses – and gains (yes, the “one step forward, two steps back” phenomenon) -- and activities, will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment. 

DON’T chase a number!!! The number on the scale will change by itself. Your challenge is to work through the problem/solution every opportunity that presents itself. Changes in intake and activities are more important. Checking the scale too often can sabotage your program.

4. Keep it fresh

Just like you would get bored eating the same thing day in and day out, you will get discouraged if you engage in the same activity every day. Change things around. Try new menu choices. Explore different spices and preparation techniques. For exercise, instead of walking the treadmill, invite a friend to walk through the farmer’s market, then stop by a nice café for a light lunch and then head home. You won’t even realize you were dieting and exercising!

5. Celebrate success

Every time you say “no” to a dessert, or make a healthy choice at the buffet, or hold off on that extra beer – you have used your mind to work through the problem and made a compromise solution in line with your goals. So, congratulate yourself and look forward to the next step in the journey.

6. Do it for You!

Above all else, do all of this for yourself…not the reunion, not the vacation, not the doctor’s appointment. Your body will thank you, but your mind will be forever grateful to you!