Healthy Habits that Last a Lifetime

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at The George Washington University Hospital offers comprehensive nutrition services to guide every patient to learn healthy habits that last a lifetime to prevent or manage disease. Experienced and certified dietitians work with patients who have the following diagnoses and specific disorders:

  • Diabetes or prediabetes
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Chronic Kidney Disease IV
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorder) 
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Hypertension
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Stroke (CVA)

To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.


  • Motivational interviewing and goal setting
  • Diabetes management
  • Stroke recovery support
  • Weight management support
  • Pain management
  • Modified texture diets
  • Enteral nutrition therapy
  • Post-operative and rehab recovery
  • Comprehensive patient and family education

Program Goals

Our goal is to guide every patient to learn healthy eating habits that last a lifetime to prevent and manage disease, which includes:

  • Regulate meal intake
  • Achieve calorie balance with intake of fat, protein and carbohydrate
  • Increase intake of fruits and vegetable high in antioxidants
  • Inform lower calorie choices with eating out and portion control
  • Increase healthy fat to saturated fat intake ratios
  • For diabetics: learn to count, choose and time carbohydrate intake
  • Achieve 10 percent weight loss for those who are obese or overweight

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Nora Shank
Nora Jansen Shank, RDN, LDN
Registered, licensed dietitian
Certifications: Certified in Weight Management