Nutrition Classes - VA Portland Health Care System
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Nutrition Classes

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Did you know?...

... Your dietitians are offering many nutrition classes designed to help you achieve your health goals via VA Video Connect (VVC).

  • VA Video Connect makes VA health care more convenient for you and other Veterans and caregivers.
  • VA Video Connect enables you to quickly and easily meet with your VA care team through secure and private videoconferencing sessions.
  • You can attend nutrition classes in a virtual medical room using the camera on your phone, computer, or tablet.
  • There are NO Co-Pays for VVC appointments. 

Registered dietitians are available to meet with you to discuss nutrition concerns:

  • Contact: Nutrition Scheduling (503) 273-5112 - You can self-refer to these classes, but an appointment is required.
  • Or Consult: Contact your provider or care team and ask them to enter a consult to schedule into the group.

Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK)

Making healthy food choices is the #1 thing you can do for your health. Learning how to cook can be one step towards getting healthier foods on your plate.  The Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) online program provides live, virtual cooking classes for Veterans to increase nutrition knowledge, cooking skills, and build confidence in cooking at home with healthy, minimally processed foods.

Healthy Teaching Kitchen VVC

Class Details
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Live cooking demonstration with nutrition tips.

Class themes rotate monthly.

Each class is offered twice /month.

1st Tuesday each month @ 1 p.m.

2nd Wednesday each month @ 2 p.m.

Class length: 1.5 hours

VVC– Online VA Video Connect

Call (503) 273-5112 to schedule
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Healthy Teaching Kitchen Program
Healthy Teaching Kitchen Program pamphlet 

Diabetes Prevention Class

Available to Veterans who have been diagnosed with Prediabetes and are trying to prevent progression to Diabetes. Includes education on healthy lifestyle such as healthy eating, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and increasing physical activity.

Day: 1st Friday @ 1-2:30 p.m.

                    Or 3rd Tuesday @ 10:30-12 p.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer or Consult (Appointment Required)


Group Diabetes Class

Healthy eating for diagnosed diabetics. Includes nutrition education on label reading, carbohydrate counting, portion control and diabetic meal planning.

Day: 2nd Tuesday @ 9-10:30 a.m.

Or 2nd Tuesday @ 2-3:30 p.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer or Consult (Appointment Required)

Online Cooking Series for Diabetes 

Three-part class: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, & 8, 2021 @ 2-4 p.m.
HERE is a flyer with all the details. 


Heart Healthy Classes

A one-time class about the basics of heart healthy eating. Topics discussed include salt, fat, general nutrition, lifestyle changes, and meal preparation.

Day: 4th Tuesday @ 9-10:30 a.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer or Consult (Appointment Required)


Mediterranean Diet Class

A one-time class providing an overview of the Mediterranean Diet. Topics will include a discussion of the brief history, diet basics, and why it is considered a healthy lifestyle.

Day: 5th Tuesday @ 12-1 p.m.

                   2021 Class dates: 3/30/21, 6/29/21, 8/31/21, and 11/30/21

Referral Required: Self-Refer or Consult (Appointment Required)


Exploring Plant-Based Eating Class

An introduction to plant-based eating. This class will review what a plant-based diet pattern is, the benefits, key nutrients and foods recommended. Includes tips to get started and actionable steps to implement this eating pattern.

          Day: 2nd Friday @ 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer or Consult (Appointment Required)


Whole Health Introduction to Food and Drink

A one-time Whole Health workshop to learn about whole health nutrition programs and information to improve nutrition as part of health plan.  

Day: 1st Tuesday @ 1-3 p.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer or Consult (Appointment Required)


Nutrition and Chronic Pain

This follow up class to our Introduction to Whole Health Nutrition group is a one-time workshop to learn about the anti-inflammatory diet and chronic pain.

Day: 2nd Tuesday @ 1-2:30 p.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer (Appointment Required)


Mindful Eating

This follow up class to our Introduction to Whole Health Nutrition group is a one-time workshop focused on learning to bring mindful awareness to your meals.

Day: 3rd Tuesday @ 11-12 p.m.

Referral Required: Self-Refer (Appointment Required)


VA Portland Nutrition and Food Services web page