New year, new you? VA dieticians are here to make your resolutions stick


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If you’re interested in improving the health of Veterans all year long, VA has several career opportunities to help you give back. VA’s Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) delivers safe and high quality patient food services to our Veterans and their families. Nutrition professionals promote wellness and disease prevention by ensuring effective nutrition education and counseling. NFS is transforming VA’s clinical nutrition practices by leading healthy kitchen programs to improve the health of Veterans and their family members. We’re always looking for qualified and motivated applicants to join our Nutrition and Food Service Team. We have several positions available for Cooks, Food Service Workers and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

NFS registered dietitian nutritionists also create personalized plans and mentor future registered dietitian nutritionists through the VA Dietetic Internship programs. Our highly revered Dietetic Internship Program is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the field and work one-on-one with Veterans. Another great way to help our Veterans regain independence and reclaim their health is through our Physical Therapy program.

As we continue on with the year, our team has several recommendations to keep those healthy New Year’s Resolutions going:

Start small 

Change occurs over time. If your goal is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you’re aiming to eat healthier, opt out of dessert or replace it with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of treating your diet as a form of punishment.

Give yourself a break

Don’t expect yourself to be perfect. Minor missteps are completely normal. Everyone has ups and downs; life happens. Consistency is key – so resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

Ask for support 

You’re not alone. Seek out a friend or mentor to help manage stress brought on by your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or are having difficulty meeting your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. VA program, Move! is a weight management and health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. HealtheVet is another educational program to promote Veteran wellness.

 

If you’re interested in joining our team, visit our career opportunities page and discover why a rewarding career with Nutrition VA is right for you.

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Comments

  1. Victor Sellers    

    If you gave a shot, you wouldn’t wait 45 years to do something about a vets health. You make soldiers wait then screw them every chance you can. Disgusting lies in these Articles as if the VA is an American institution. Americans don’t work there.

  2. James Hunt    

    This question is for a dietician. I have been addicted to sweets since birth (mostly true). I have a bad habit of sitting in front of the TV at night eating some sweets like cookies, candy, cake. I have attempted to break this habit more times than you can imagine without success. Can you please recommend some sweet snacks that I can eat instead of the above mentioned sweets so I can reduce my calorie intake. I am 68 and attempt to walk on a tread mill when I can.. Please, no lectures just suggestions. Thanks so much.

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