Nutrition Classes

Group Video Visit Nutrition Class Offerings; March – September 2021

Registration:  Michigan Medicine patients: register for class by calling 734-615-0444 (please call Tuesday-Friday).  Anyone can sign up!  Class size limited to 8 participants, so sign up early.

All courses are single course offerings; unless otherwise specified*.  Our insurance billing guidelines allow patients to only sign up for one class per day, but they are allowed to sign up for as many classes as they wish to in a week, month or year, as well as for multi-session classes.  Patients may retake a single or multi session class as many times as needed.

Class Cost:  A nutrition visit with a Registered Dietitian is a covered service for ~95% of patients.  If by some chance the patient receives a bill, we have found it is most likely an error or due to a deductible issue, and the patient can contact us and get referred to the Nutrition Supervisor who will review the issue with them.  For the ~5% of patients whose insurance may not cover the charge; the out of pocket cost will be $14-$22.

Adult Classes

All courses are instructed by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Target audience: registration is for patients 18+ years of age.

Ten Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk

The American Institute of Cancer Research’s 10 ways to reduce Cancer risk and simple tips for nutrition and physical activity for Cancer prevention. 10:00-10:30am. Course dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, Aug 2. Instructor: Danielle Karsies

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition to Support your Immune System

Foods that affect our immune system, and an easy to follow plan to help fight inflammation. 1:00-1:30pm. Course dates: March 12, April 9, May 14F, June 11, July 9, Aug 13, Sept 10. Instructor: Eeyeen Ong

Building Better Bones

Osteopenia/Osteoporosis management via nutrition, exercise and prescribed medications, as well as which nutrients to eat, and in what quantities. 1:00-130pm. Course dates: March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1. Instructor: Kelli Gibbs

Figuring Out Fats

Different types of fats and the benefits of eating healthy fats. 2:30-3:00pm. Course dates: March 11, May 13, July 8, Sept 9. Instructor: Sarah Meyers

Focus on Fiber

Fiber for gut health and practical examples to increase fiber intake with food. 12:30-1:00pm. Course dates: March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13. Instructor: Emily Haller

Gluten Free Label Reading

Which words on a food label indicate a product contains gluten, reading food labels for gluten, and what the different gluten free labels mean. 11:00-11:30am. Course dates: March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20. Instructor: Amanda Lynett

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight

Healthy eating strategies that don’t involve diets or gimmicks, and how to achieve weight loss while following your usual diet. 1:00-1:30 pm. Course Dates: March 5, 19; April 16; May 7, 21; June 4, 18; July 16; August 6, 20; September 3, 17. Instructor: Christine DuBois

Healthy Habits

12 healthy lifestyle habits, and how to get started by picking 1-2 habits to work on. 11:00-11:30am. Course dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9. Instructor: Emilie Klemptner

*Healthy Tips for Cancer Survivors: This is an Eight Session Course

Eight sessions on nutrition and Cancer survivorship and easy-to-implement lifestyle factors to promote optimal wellness and disease prevention. Weekly; starting 3/16. First series of 8 classes offered March to May. Tuesdays at 11:30am -12:00pm. Course dates of first series: March 16, 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11. Second series of 8 classes offered August to September only. Tuesdays at 11:30am -12:00pm. Course dates of second series: Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28. Instructor: Melissa Shannon-Hagen

High Calorie Nutrition Beverages

Increasing your calories with a variety of liquid nutrition options to help maintain/gain weight, and reviewing the variety of High Calorie Nutrition Beverage options available. 1:00-1:30pm. Course dates: March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, Sept 16. Instructor: Nancy Burke

*Kidney Essentials-this is a four session course

Reviewing lab values for kidney disease and dietary strategies to slow the progression of kidney disease. Weekly; same class is offered twice each week; on Tuesdays, 11:00-11:30am or Tuesdays at 12:30-1:00pm. Course dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22; July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3,10, 17, 24; Sept 7, 14, 21, 28. Instructor: Terrie Holewinski

Mediterranean Diet

Health benefits of the Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern, including types of foods, meal planning tips and recipes. 4:00-4:30pm. Course dates: March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 22. Instructor: Lori Trudeau

Mindless Eating

Common triggers for mindless eating, and discovering non-food related strategies to overcome them. 1:30-2:00pm. Course dates: March 9, 23; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 13, 27; August 10, 24; September 14, 28. Instructor: Amy Schneider

Nutrition Management for Fatty Liver Disease

Nutrition and lifestyle changes to manage Fatty Liver disease and learning how to improve your liver health. 1:00-1:30pm. Course dates: March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 22. Instructor Lorraine Bonkowski.

Plant Based Eating: Beans and Beyond

An overview of legumes as a plant based staple and learning nutrition benefits, cooking methods, and adding legumes into your diet. 3:30-4:00pm. March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2. Instructor: Amber Spencley

Plate It Up

Eating for diabetes, cholesterol and/or weight management, and filling your plate with healthful, delicious foods. 11:30-12:00pm. Course dates: March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 22. Instructor: Brenda Allison Fay

Prediabetes: Eating and Lifestyle Tips

Managing your weight to reduce risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, and meal and snack planning concepts, timing of eating, and non-food strategies to manage stress. 8:30-9:00am. Course dates: March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13. Instructor: Rachael Mcclellan

Salt Sense

Limiting sodium for heart failure management and learning about the “Salty 6”: foods that provide the most sodium in the American diet and good alternatives. 1:30-2:00pm. Course dates: March 2, 4, 9, 11,16, 18, 23, 25, 30; April 1, 6, 8,13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; May 4, 6,18, 20, 25, 27; June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29; July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22; Aug 3, 5,10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31; Sept 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30. Instructor: Beverly Kuznicki

Slash Your Blood Pressure with D.A.S.H.!

How the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (D.A.S.H.) diet can improve your health and lower your blood pressure, and incorporating D.A.S.H. into your daily routine. 11:00-11:30am. Course dates: March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24. Instructor: Karen Greathouse

Use Food to Boost your Mood: The Gut-Brain Connection

Foods that impact mood and learning practical ways to help increase your “happy” hormones. 11:30am-12:00pm. March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14. Instructor: Laura Tarnacki/div> 

Family Course Offerings

All courses are instructed by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Target audience: registration is for patients of any age

Nutrition for Breastfeeding, Nursing, and Pumping Parents

Meeting both your and baby's nutrition needs while breastfeeding, and optimizing your ability to maintain your breastmilk supply. 1:00-1:30pm. Course dates: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15. Instructor: Erin Scarlett

Prenatal Nutrition: Nourishing Mom and Baby

Balancing nutrition during all trimesters to keep mom healthy and fuel baby growth and understanding key nutrients: folate, iron, calcium and healthy fats, and practicing food safety. 1:30-2:00pm. Course dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9. Instructor: Shannon Bebb

The Family Table

Planning delicious meals for adults, teens and children and finding foods that can be bought on a budget. 1:00-130pm. Course dates: March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2. Instructor: Jennifer Montesi

Pediatric Course Offerings

All courses are instructed by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Target audience: registration is for patients 0-18 years of age. Patient and/or caregiver may attend for the registered patient.

ARFID vs. Picky Eating: What’s the Difference? What Can I Do?

An introduction to Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), discussing ARFID and what sets it apart from picky eating and other eating disorders, and understanding basic nutrition strategies related to ARFID treatment. 4:00-4:30pm. Course dates: March 10, June 9, Sept 8. Instructor: Emily Bair

Eat the MyPlate Way

Using foods from all food groups to build meals you will love, and new ways to add foods using MyPlate. Target population is elementary age; 7-11 year olds. 4:00-4:30pm. Course dates: March 25; April 8; May 13, 27; June 10, 24; July 8, 22; Aug 12, 26, Sept 9, 23. Instructor: Sherilyn Rickard

Fantastic Fats and Where to Find Them

Why fat is important for our health, and incorporating healthy fats into recipes for the whole family. 12:00-12:30pm. Course dates: March 10, April 7, June 23, Sept 15. Instructor: Jessica Stoscup

Feeding Your 0-2 year old

Normal progression from breastmilk/formula to solid foods, signs of readiness for solids, traditional purees versus baby-led weaning, and setting up a healthy environment. Target audience: Parents/caregivers of babies ages 3 months and older. 5:00-5:30pm; April 13, June 15. Instructor: Allie Waisanen

Food Talk: Helping Kids Build Positive Relationships with Food

Building a healthy relationship between food and your body, decreasing stress during mealtimes, and encouraging joyful exploration of new food. 2:00-230pm. Course dates: March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 13, Sept 10. Instructor: Mary Connolly

Fueling the Teen Athlete

The importance of fueling the body before, during, and after training, four essential nutrients, and their role in sports nutrition. 4:00-4:30pm. Course dates: March 9, June 8, Sept 7. Instructor: Kate Pelletier

Introducing Allergy Foods to Infants

Up-to-date information on when and how to introduce top allergenic foods, and understanding signs and symptoms of allergic reactions. 9:00-9:30am. Course dates: March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug 5, Sept 2. Instructor: Liz Hudson or Megan Jozefowicz

Iron-Rich Foods for Your Growing Child

Which foods are high in iron, and how to incorporate

Keeping Your Little One Going: Nutrition Tips for Constipation

The importance of nutrition in constipation management, food sources of fiber, and tips for increasing fiber and fluid. 2:00-2:30pm. Course dates: March 3, June 2, Sept 1. Instructor: Kiersten Waineo

Mindful Eating for Tweens and Teens

Exploring how you decide what to eat, learning how food satisfies us in different ways, and discussing how we can improve our relationship with food, eating, and our bodies. 3:00-3:30pm. March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13. Instructor: Khrystine Hendy

*Picky Eaters Anonymous (this is a two session group)

Behavioral eating techniques for picky eaters aged 2-6, with a focus on healthy eating behaviors at the table, and recipes for parents/caregivers to try. 5:00-5:30pm. Course dates: March 9, 23; May 11, 25; No class July-Sept. Instructor: Allie Waisanen

Rethink Your Child’s Drink

The hidden sources of sugar in common beverages and ideas to reduce sugar intake in your child's beverage choices. 3:00-3:30pm. Course dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, Aug 2. Instructor: Michelle Keane

Smart Snacking

Planning and preparing snacks the entire family will enjoy. 3:30-4:00pm. Course dates: March 4, 18; April 15; May 6, 20; June 17; July 1, 15; Aug 5, 19, Sept 2, 16. Instructor: Leah Kulhanek.

Smoothie Basics: Creating Kid-Friendly Smoothies

The health benefits of smoothies as part of your child’s diet and how your child and you can work together to build a tasty, nutrient-packed smoothie. 12:00-12:30pm. Course dates: March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17. Instructor: Catherine Joppich

To Blend or Not to Blend: An Introduction to Blended Tube Feedings

Whether blended tube feedings are right for your child, outlining equipment needed, general transition to blended foods, and how to balance the nutrients. 10:00-10:30am. Course dates: March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 22. Instructor: Emily Freitag

Tube Feeding Safety 101

The basics of tube feeding safety, how to provide a safe and a germ-free tube feeding to your child. 1:00-1:30pm. Course dates: March 10, June 9, Sept 8. Instructor: Salma Ali