Nutrition Services

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Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDN, CDCES, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She has worked in the nutrition and culinary field for more than 15 years and is passionate about good food and the healing ability of good nutrition. 


Her background includes providing medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in a hospital and community setting for groups and individuals. She also has experience as an adjunct nutrition professor, culinary instructor, diabetes educator, and clinical sales specialist. 

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  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Mental Health
  • Food Relationships
  • Food Allergies and Sensitivies
  • And More!

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  • Pediatric Nutrition Education
  • Adult Nutrition Education
  • One-on-One Nutrition Counseling
  • Nutrition Education Classes
  • Children’s Healthy Cooking Class, provided to the community free through  the support of Corsini and Brantner Families.

Join us this spring for pediatric hands-on & virtual nutrition/cooking class at Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center taught by Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDN, CDCES,  registered dietitian nutritionist and special guest Abbe Carreira, RDH, CDA.

Spring 2022 Class Schedule

March 14: Everything Green
Super Green Dip*
Green Veggie Loaded Pesto Pasta

March 28: Hello Spring
Veggie Spring Rolls*
with a dipping sauce
Zucchini Carrot Muffins

April 11: April Fool’s Food
Macaroni and “Cheese” *
Chocolate Brownies
Meringue Cookies*

April 25: Getting Opposites to Attract
Maple Balsamic Dressing*
Raspberry Vinaigrette*
Avocado Green Goddess
Make Your Own Dressing*
Kale Salad*

May 9: Who Wants Chocolate?
Chocolate Biscotti*
Chocolate Fruit Dip

May 23: Taco Day
Tacos
Fruit Tacos
Homemade Salsa and Guacamole

June 13: Berry Sweet Strawberry Season
Strawberry Fruit Leather*
Strawberry Chia Jam*
Strawberry Bruschetta

June 27: Farmers Market Pizza
Pizza Dough
Tomato Sauce *

July 11: Frozen Treats
Banana Nice Cream*
Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pops*
Shake the Can Fruit Sorbet*

July 25: Let’s Have a Picnic!
Fruit Kabobs * and Dip
Pinwheel Sandwiches
Potato Salad*

*These recipes are allergy-friendly and free from dairy, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts,  fish, shellfish, sesame, and eggs.
All recipes can be modified to meet child’s capabilities.

Please let the instructor know of any food allergies prior to attending class.

Email Jessica or call at 860.224.6340 to register or with any questions.

 Click Here to View Past Virtual Cooking Classes

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NBC Connecticut Covered Our First Toddler Nutrition Class on March 12. Watch and listen below. Online text news story here.

On April 9, the cooking demonstration focused on kid-friendly breakfast ideas that children can help make, and the educational talk will be the dreaded topic so many parents struggle with: what to do if your child is a picky eater!

  • Supervised kids' activities for children are provided
  • A free gift is available for all participants after every class
  • Anyone attending three classes can receive a $50 grocery store gift card

Pre-registration is not required, but strongly recommended by RSVPing to Jessica Masterson at JMasterson@Wheelerclinic.org.

Wheeler's nutrition programs help patients and the community fight chronic disease and achieve wellness through consultation, education, and individual counseling for children, adults, and families, focusing on how healthy diet can address:

  • Feeding issues
  • Failure to thrive
  • Medical nutrition therapy for HIV/AIDS
  • Weight concerns
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Sports nutrition
  • Digestive disorders
  • Food allergies
  • And more!

 

Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center is a community health center that provides medical and dental care for the whole family, as well as behavioral health care and a range of alternative and complementary medicine such as chiropractic care and more. Our doctors, medical assistants, clinicians, counselors, and care facilitators work side-by-side as a team to meet your complete health care needs, in one location.

News from Wheeler's Registered Nutritionist

June is strawberry season, a favorite time of the year for many New Englanders. This is a great time to increase your fruit and veggie intake. First, because produce may be a little less expensive when in season, and second because produce tastes better when in season!
With food costs rising, healthy eating can be more difficult, and the last thing you want to do is throw food away. Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDN, CDCES, Wheeler's registered dietitian nutritionist, shares tips on how to reduce food waste.
Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. It is also science that interprets the interaction of nutrients and other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health, and disease of an organism.
February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the cause of 1 in 3 deaths in the United States, and more than 800,000 people die of cardiovascular disease ever year. To reduce your risk of heart disease, it is recommended you follow a heart-healthy diet, exercise, manage stress, do not smoke, and talk to your doctor about your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels.
A new year is not the only time to focus on getting healthy, but it is just as good as any. If you have been sticking to your resolutions so far this year, great work! If you have not been as successful as you planned, consider revising your goals. Instead of setting huge goals, which may be difficult to stick with, try setting smaller goals.
When it comes to the holidays, it is important to enjoy the foods you love, like cookies, and continue family traditions. Not every food or recipe needs to be modified to make it “healthier.” I would not recommend you alter your great aunt’s sugar cookie recipe, but if you are looking for a few more health-conscious options to add to your cookie tray this year, below are some great ideas. See the recipes for additional nutrition benefits and tips for cooking with kids.
When it comes to healthy eating during the holidays, I think the most important thing to remember is that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. The holidays only happen once a year, so mindfully enjoy the foods you love and focus on friends and family!
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