Nutrition and Food Services - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Nutrition and Food Services

Nutrition and Food Services works to improve the health of Veterans, employees, our community and the environment by serving healthy food choices and practicing sustainable food practices within our food service. We are committed to offering health promotion and disease prevention services for Veterans and their families to achieve personal health goals and improved quality of life.

Nutrition Clinics

We are available to help you strengthen or change your diet to improve your health. Our nutrition programs are designed and provided at the Medical Center and at our VA Clinics to meet your individual needs. Personalized nutrition advice with mutually agreed upon goals are planned to support and maximize healthy eating, your individual health needs, and in managing chronic medical conditions such as: Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Liver Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Clinic Locations

San Francisco VA Medical Center:
Medical Practice Clinic Dietitian: Gary Yee (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-4262
Specialty Nutrition Clinics: Janet Faccenda or Peter Mak, (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-2895 or 2-3360

San Bruno VA Clinic: Janet Faccenda, (650) 615-6001

Downtown VA Clinic: Peter Mak, (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-3360

Eureka VA Clinic: Tessa Thralls or Leah King, (707) 269-7529

Santa Rosa VA Clinic: Heather Haluska or Jenness Keller, (707) 569-2474

Clearlake VA Clinic: Karen Brooks, (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-25165

Ukiah VA Clinic: Aska Hokazono, (415) 221-4810, ext. 2-5135

Nutrition Classes:

Please contact a dietitian in your area if you are interested in individual counseling or participating in a nutrition class.

MOVE!® Healthy Weight/Healthy Lifestyle

Learn ways to support your weight loss goals. We offer a weekly group class covering different topics each week. This class is offered at the VA Clinics in Santa Rosa, San Bruno, and Eureka, as well as at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).

    Living Well with Diabetes

    Learn ways to keep your blood glucose values in the target range and tune up your diabetes care plan. This class is offered at the Eureka VA Clinic, Santa Rosa VA Clinic, and at SFVAMC.

    Cooking Classes

    A series of six weekly classes in which you will learn how to eat healthy on a budget, receive shopping tips with a grocery store tour, learn cooking skills and techniques, and how to prepare flavorful meals seasoning with herbs and spices. Classes are offered at the Eureka VA Clinic, Santa Rosa VA clinic, and at SFVAMC.

    MOVE!® Strength and Wellness

    Part of our MOVE!® Program, this10-week series of classes co-led by a dietitian and psychologist also includes light exercise guided by a recreational therapist. This class is offered at SFVAMC.

    Women Veteran's MOVE!®

    Part of our MOVE! Program, this 12-week series of classes is especially for our women Veterans. This class is offered at Santa Rosa VA Clinic and at SFVAMC.

    MOVE! Yoga

    Offered at the Eureka VA clinic, this class is specially focused on yoga for Veterans.

      Inpatient Meal Service:

      During hospitalization, patient menus are planned and prepared to support and encourage healthy eating.  Our menu emphasizes fresh and local ingredients, and our chefs prepare homemade stocks, soups, entrees, vegetables and desserts that reflect these health goals and great taste. Individual diets and menus are adjusted based on each Veteran's assessed medical nutrition therapy needs and cultural preferences.

      - Produce is purchased from local farmers, and seasonal organic fruits, vegetables and grains are included in our menu when possible.

      - Locally-baked, whole-grain, organic breads are also included on the menu.

      - Milk and yogurt served are hormone-free.

      - The majority of beef served is from grass-fed sources raised without the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics.

      - Kitchen composting and recycling is done to the fullest extent possible.

        Nutrition and Food Services Training Opportunities:

        San Francisco VA Nutrition and Food Services accepts Dietetic Interns and Dietetic Technician interns from local colleges and universities as well as distance internship programs with whom we have an affiliation. We also offer a six-month, advanced Nutrition Dietetic Ambulatory Care Fellowship. Many interns and fellows continue on with a career in the VA. To find more information about the dietetic internship training program at our facility, please send an email to Jessica Fruitman.

        Volunteer Opportunities:

        Nutrition and Food Services welcomes volunteers and provides opportunities within our department at the SFVAMC.  Volunteers must have a high school diploma, demonstrate good customer service skills, initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, and interpersonal effectiveness. For those interested in volunteer hours related to careers within Nutrition and Food Services, a basic knowledge of nutrition and food service/cooking is recommended.  Our volunteer assignments vary based on the skills and interests of the volunteer, but may include: developing flyers, educational materials, observing patients during meal rounds and noting food intake/tolerance, assisting with calorie counts, patient meal tray accuracy checks, and patient satisfaction survey, as well as participating in nutrition classes and cooking classes and assisting our Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians Registered and Health Technicians as needed. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Jessica Fruitman.


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        Contact Info


        • Bldg. 203
          Basement, Room 1

        Contact Number(s)

        • 415-221-4810 Ext. 2-3350; 2-3351

        Hours of Operation

        • Monday - Friday
          8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.