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Nutrition Services

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” -- Hippocrates c. 460 – 377 B.C.

Nutrition Services provides education and counseling on healthy nutrition. Special attention is given to inquiries on nutrition for infants and children.
(713) 794-9090

Goals and Objectives: 

  • To aid in improving the nutritional status of the public by promoting healthful eating and nutritional guidance.
  • To offer timely, objective food and nutrition information to health center patients and to the general public.
  • To empower patients and their families to assume responsibility for their own care and to manage early symptoms of over or under nutrition through early detection and intervention.
  • To develop, implement and evaluate plans and activities that promote healthful eating habits and physical activity.
  • To educate parents on strategies that will improve the eating habits of their children, thereby enhancing the potential of children reaching optimal growth and development. 
  • To educate and empower pregnant women to improve their nutritional status, thereby increasing the likelihood of positive pregnancy outcomes.
  • To identify potential nutrition related health problems, plan and assess interventions to resolve these conditions.
  • To aid in improving the nutritional status of low-income adults and elderly citizens through education, direct intervention and referrals.

Who Are We?

  • Registered Dietitians
  • Licensed Nutritionists
  • Graduate level Nutritionists/Dietitians

All staff members are highly trained and experienced food and nutrition experts who have met minimum academic and professional requirements for practice in a community health setting.  A Senior Nutritionist is on staff at each of the seven Health Centers operated by the City of Houston.

Who Do We Counsel?

    • Maternity, Well Child and Family Planning patients in each Health Center
    • Individuals from the general public who are seeking counseling and guidance on healthy eating
    • Individuals seeking assistance with meeting food needs and food security
    • Older citizens in congregate meal sites
    • School aged children in the classroom, community centers, health fairs or other community locations
    • Health care providers for consultation on nutrition problems impacting the health of patients
    • Other nutrition experts from the private / public sector to form partnerships in a cooperative efforts to improve the overall nutritional status of the public

How Do You Contact Us?

Refer to the blue pages of the telephone directory.  Look under City of Houston, Clinics/Health Centers.  Call any health center and ask to speak to the Nutritionist or call the administrative office at (713) 794-9344.

Recommended web sites for valid nutrition and health information
Remember that not all web sites offer accurate, objective, timely information. Before trusting the site, ask these questions:

  1. Who is sponsoring the site?
  2. What is the background, training, education and credentials of the person offering information or advice?
  3. How long has the site been active?
  4. When was the site last updated?
  5. Is the site trying to sell products?  
  6. Does it sound too good to be true?  

Web sites:  

Always discuss the information you acquire with your medical provider.  Reputable websites are not designed or intended to offer medical advice, diagnose or treat medical conditions. 

Other HDHHS services related to Nutrition Services:

An additional site of interest is listed below.  The Houston Department of Health and Human Services does not recommend or endorse any of the food establishments and/or products on these web sites -- this is an informational resource link only that may be of assistance to those with diabetes.

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