Center for Behavioral & Nutritional Health
Living with chronic and complicated medical conditions can be challenging. Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health offers scientifically and medically based services for those struggling with their health or seeking to prevent future health problems. The Center’s mission is the promotion of health and wellness, and the management and prevention of acute and chronic medical conditions.
The Center’s highly personalized approach features individualized treatment based on each person’s specific needs. The goal is to make lifelong changes to improve health and well-being.
The Center’s core team includes:
- Psychologists with specialties in weight management and addressing behavioral symptoms that are causing, contributing to or maintaining physical illness.
- Registered dietitians with broad backgrounds in the treatment and prevention of a range of medical conditions
- Diabetes educators with expertise in education and management of this chronic condition
Where appropriate, the team works in close collaboration with other healthcare professionals, including the patient’s own healthcare providers.
Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health operates in accordance with guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health and Obesity Society.
Specialists at the Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health treat a broad spectrum of medical conditions including:
- Overweight and obesity
- Cardiovascular conditions: hypertension, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease, and cardiovascular disease (atherosclerotic disease)
- Diabetes: type 1, type 2 and pre-diabetes
- Other endocrine conditions: metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome and irregular menstrual periods, menopause, testosterone problems, calcium, mineral, and electrolyte problems, metabolic bone diseases, pituitary diseases, adrenal gland disorders
- Gastrointestinal diseases: irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, colitis, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pancreatitis, diverticulitis
- Autoimmune disorders, such as celiac disease
- Food allergies
- Nutritional deficits and women’s health: pregnancy, anemia, menopause, and osteoporosis
- Medical, nutritional, and weight-related issues following bariatric surgery
- Weight-related psychological problems: binge-eating disorder, emotional eating and body image problems. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are not treated at the Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health.
- Additional nutritional and medical needs associated with pediatrics and sports nutrition
Treatment & Services
The Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health offers a range of services for individuals struggling with health and weight management. Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team in a safe, supportive and medically sound environment.
Behavioral health services include individual treatment for maladaptive eating patterns, such as binge eating and emotional eating; body image problems; stress management; and behavioral and psychological problems associated with medical illnesses. Our behavioral medicine services combine the fields of psychology and medicine using scientifically supported strategies to help patients reduce and manage their symptoms by addressing the physical, psychological and social aspects of one’s health or illness.
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Using evidence-based guidelines, registered dietitians offer counseling on behavioral and nutritional changes necessary to achieve healthy and balanced eating, weight loss and maintenance, and chronic disease management. Nutritional counseling is an essential component of comprehensive care for individuals aiming to manage their health. Resources are provided to assist individuals in reaching their short- and long-term dietary goals, as we encourage and support our patients to achieve sustainable lifestyle modifications.
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With the goal of personal health empowerment, the diabetes management team teaches individuals how to manage and control their diabetes. The program works in conjunction with the more intensive and comprehensive medical nutrition therapy program.
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We offer a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss, incorporating behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling. Patients can receive weight management counseling through one-on-one sessions or through our Comprehensive Weight Loss Program, a group-based program incorporating scientifically supported strategies for weight loss and maintenance.
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Bariatric Surgery Support Services
For patients who decide to have weight-loss surgery, or have undergone surgery in the past, the Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health works in collaboration with Greenwich Hospital’s bariatric surgery team to provide services and support.
We work with individuals who are required by their insurance carriers to participate in a medical weight-loss program before having bariatric surgery. Staff psychologists are available to perform the required pre-surgical psychological evaluation. We also work with patients struggling with post-surgical weight loss, body image, or other issues that might arise after bariatric surgery. Whether your surgery was performed at Greenwich Hospital or elsewhere, you can receive the support and guidance you need through the Center.
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