Clinical Nutrition

Jackson Purchase Medical Center's Dietary Department is blessed with over 20 years of experience with Clinical Nutrition. JPMC's Clinical Nutrition Director is Liz Choate, RD, LD. Liz moved over to JPMC from Community Hospital with the belief that the main key to success for any dietary plan is "motivation". She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics.

Liz believes that a person must "want" to lose weight or improve their health in order to succeed. This can be very important when dealing with high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure, etc. She gives instructions on several types of diets such as Cholesterol, Sodium Restrictions, Fiber Modifications, Weight loss, Healthy Eating, Pediatric Nutrition, etc. We also have a Diabetes Care Center that focuses on patients with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes.

Liz was recently asked the question, "What is the best advice that you could give to someone who needs to improve their health through diet?"

Her response was, "I tell people two things. First, you can fit all foods into any type of diet as long as they consume these foods in moderation. Second, I tell people to forget the word 'Diet' because the first 3 letters of diet spell die! What a person needs to do is to improve their eating habits by eating 3 meals a day and to include foods from all of the groups from the food guide pyramid in those meals."