What’s on your plate today?

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by lighthouseadmin

Join LightHouse in celebrating National Nutrition Month and increasing awareness of the nation’s food and nutrition experts


National Nutrition Month was designed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for 2014. This year’s key messages for National Nutrition Month focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals.


On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day increases awareness of the nation’s food and nutrition experts.  While anyone may call themselves a nutritionist, only a registered dietician (RD) or registered dietician nutritionist (RDN) holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, passes a rigorous national certification exam, and completes an extensive supervised program at a health care facility. Additionally, Registered Dieticians must complete continuing education requirements to retain their certification.


While some home care agencies do not offer the services of a registered dietitian, LightHouse recognizes the importance of providing the highest level of nutrition counseling. LightHouse understands that the skills of the registered dietician can make great contributions to the successful

Susan Hempen, Registered Dietician at LightHouse

Susan Hempen, Registered Dietician at LightHouse

management of chronic diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. These vital services prevent hospitalizations and allow our patients to remain in their home safely for as long as possible.


We would like to recognize/celebrate our own Susan Hempen, LightHouse’s nutrition expert!  Susan has been a registered dietitian for 18 years, while recognizing the important relationship between diet and physical activity, she also earned her certification as a personal trainer in 2010.


Susan works with LightHouse patients having various dietary needs including diabetes, heart failure, weight loss, wound healing, kidney disease and other diet related conditions.  Susan also serves as a consultative resource to the entire LightHouse clinical team.


In an effort to support the seniors in our community, Susan Hempen presents nutrition educational programs on topics such as Diet and Diabetes. If you would like more information about this or another program that LightHouse offers, please contact wsutton@lhihome.com or 703-550-1400.


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