Outpatient Nutrition Program

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Acacia Network seeks to improve community health outcomes by reversing diabetes, heart disease, and obesity through a nutrition program that fosters the lifestyle modification of eating a more plant-based diet.

Our services include weekly nutrition classes of various topics, as well as live cooking demonstrations that focus on how to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. We also offer a nutrition class series for patients diagnosed with diabetes and/or who are overweight. Our program is currently the only one of its kind in the Bronx!

Eligibility:

Anyone who has one or more of the following conditions and lives in New York State:

  • Prediabetes or Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Overweight or Obese

We accept pediatric patients as well, allowing parents of children who are suffering from any of the above conditions to attend the classes. We offer pediatric-specific classes every 6 weeks.

We accept most insurances and offer need-based sliding scale fees for low-income patients. No referrals needed!

Class Dates and Times:*

  • Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm (English)
  • Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm (Spanish)
  • We also offer Condition-Specific Class Series on Fridays from 2:00-3:00pm

*PLEASE NOTE: Our classes are currently taking place virtually through Zoom. Participants will receive a Zoom link via text message after they have signed up.

How to Sign Up:

Call the Acacia Network Call Center at 718-734-2539 and ask to have your information sent to the Acacia Outpatient Nutrition Program. You may also email us at esoliterman@promesa.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is a whole food and plant based diet?
It is a diet that focuses on consuming more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, and a small amount of nuts and seeds. It limits animal products and processed foods.

Do you make everyone stop eating animal products?
Of course not! Everyone must choose what nutrition plan is sustainable for them, and that might include keeping animal products in their diet. We offer ways to incorporate as many whole and plant-based foods as possible into anyone’s diet.

Who teaches the classes?
Most of our classes are taught by two Family Nurse Practitioners. This gives you weekly access to a clinician that also specializes in nutrition to reverse and prevent disease.

If I join this program, am I changing my primary care doctor?
No, you do not have to change your primary care doctor but some insurances will make you change your PCP to Acacia Network while you’re attending the classes.

Do I ever see someone in person?
Currently, 100% of our class are virtual through Zoom. However, you have access to our primary care clinics and can always schedule to see a primary care provider to have your labs checked or medications adjusted if you would like to switch your primary care provider to Acacia Network.