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Food & Nutrition Services

A Registered dietitian provides nutrition services at Kirby Medical Center. Through individual or group sessions, the dietitian uses a medically oriented approach to counsel people about their nutritional health.

The counseling sessions assist people in making appropriate lifestyle choices based on their individual nutritional needs. With a doctor's referral, people can receive individual or group medical nutrition therapy in the areas of:

  • Cardiovascular disease including (high cholesterol, hypertension, anticoagulation therapy, congestive heart failure)
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Food allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Nutritional management of cancer
  • Prenatal & postnatal nutrition
  • Sports nutrition
  • Weight loss/gain

Some nutrition counseling services may be covered by your insurance plan or by Medicare.

Services - Assessment of Nutritional Status

A comprehensive nutritional analysis which provides information on the nutritional status of individuals using evidenced based practice.

Implementing Appropriate Nutritional Interventions

  • Individual meal plan
  • Recipe modification
  • Label reading
  • Recommendations of specific vitamins and/or minerals

Follow-up Care (monitoring & evaluation)

  • Monitoring weight change
  • Reinforcing behavior modification techniques
  • Reviewing food choices

Chronic Disease Prevention Program

Did You Know?

According to Illinois Department of Public Health County Level Disease Prevalence Data of 2009, Piatt County has the following statistics:

  • Population with Overweight and Obesity (BMI greater than 25 and 30): 62%
  • Population that has been told they have high Blood Pressure: 30%, with 85% on blood pressure lowering medication.
  • Population that has been told they have high Cholesterol: 40%
  • Population that has been told they have Diabetes Mellitus: 13%, up from 8% in 2006.

In June 2012, Kirby Medical Center applied for and received Illinois Critical Access Hospital grant monies pertaining to the prevention of chronic disease. The grant’s focus is on Healthy Diet & Fitness Promotion. After development and planning, Kirby Medical Center is proud to offer the Live Well Program beginning in the month of November. This 6 month wellness program is targeted for any person wanting to maintain or improve their current health status. Live Well classes will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm in the medical center’s education room. Topics include healthy diet related strategies, cooking demonstrations, and exercise promotion. Weekly weigh-ins, anthropometrics, and opportunities for health-related discussion will be fostered. Classes will include PowerPoint programs of relevant topics presented by Kirby Medical Center’s registered dietitian, Sara E. Wade, as well as other health professionals such as an exercise physiologist, occupational therapist, certified diabetes educator, and fresh start diet coach. Cost to participants does not go through medical insurance and is $35 monthly. The cost also includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment with meal plan by a registered dietitian. To take advantage of this new program, simply get a referral from your doctor. For more information: (217) 762-1904.


By appointment: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To make an appointment, contact your physician's office for referral.

Peace Meal Cupcakes

Food & Nutrition Services takes great pleasure in creating colorful themed cupcakes once per month for the Peace Meal program.

The Apple a Day Café »

The Apple a Day Cafe is located at the end of the main promenade of the Health Center. The daily menu is posted at the Welcome Desk and the Dining area. It offers several healthy choices.

Breakfast: 6:30 to 9:30 am
Lunch: 11 am to 1:30 pm
Open with Grab & Go items & beverages 6:30 am to 3pm

For more information contact:

Food & Nutrition Services

Kirby Medical Center
1000 Medical Center Drive
Monticello, IL 61856

Food & Nutrition Services Director & Registered Dietitian

  • Sara E. Wade R.D., L.D.N.


Sara E. Wade R.D., L.D.N.

Sara Wade

Kathleen Baran, R.D., L.D.N.

Kathleen Baran