Jen Haugen

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Jen Haugen, RD, LD, received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Minnesota State University – Mankato, graduating summa cum laude. Jen completed her dietetic internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was then hired and worked as a clinical dietitian for seven years in all areas of nutrition. Jen is a registered and licensed dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and in the state of Minnesota. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Dietetic Association as well as the Southeast District Dietetic Association.

Jen can provide practical solutions for helping you and your family eat healthier through simple ideas in one of the best classrooms – the grocery store aisles. Jen has a strong passion to help all ages, including children, live healthier by eating well. You can find her helping you live easier, healthier, happier lives at your Austin Hy-Vee.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change.


Sprouts Get out and grow

Sprouts - Get Out and Grow

Austin Hy-Vee was the first supermarket in the nation to start a garden and cooking program for kids in spring of 2011. We've now completed three seasons with excellent outcomes for families in our community.   Kids affiliated with Kids Korner Summer Programming at Austin Public Schools as well as summer programming at the Austin YMCA are scheduled to attend weekly classes.

Our summer sessions include:
• Gardening organically with a focus on cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables
• Making healthy choices fun through cooking and educational activities kids will enjoy
• Teaching children to enjoy and explore food that protects their health
• Fostering family connections with garden-fresh produce sent home each week with a recipe and the goal of cooking a healthy recipe in the kitchen together
Each week, families will receive an email with the Sprouts Recipe of the Week along with information on that day’s program. You can also find recipes posted to the Jen’s blog at

The main goals of the program are:
• Children making healthier choices through increased fruit and vegetable intake.
• Teaching the connection of fresh food and good health.
• Teaching preparation of healthier meals.
• Reinforcing positive perceptions of healthy foods.

For more details and information about registration, download the brochure here.

If you would like to be a part of the program as a student/family or community partner, please contact Jen at Hy-Vee by phone 507.437.7625 or by email

Cllick below to read local and national coverage about the Sprouts - Get Out and Grow program!

Media: Catch Jen every Wednesday morning on ABC 6 at 6:10 a.m. for the Fresh & Simple segment! Each week, Jen provides timely nutritional advice and ideas along with a recipe to show you how easy it can be to live a healthier lifestyle.

Check out past segments here:

Jen also writes weekly columns for the Austin Daily Herald and the Post Bulletin – Austin Edition. You can find her columns in the weekend editions of both papers. Interested in past columns? Click on these links:  


Personal Shop for Health Tours (Smart Cart Tours) - If you are struggling to put those doctor or clinic dietitian recommendations into practice, let Jen guide you through the store and help you shop for health. Whether you are shopping to control your diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, food allergies or just want your and your family to be well, Jen has experience and practical ideas to help you follow the orders you were given to help you succeed in living a healthier lifestyle. This is a free service, but does require prior scheduling. Please call 507.437.7625 to schedule a time for your Shop for Health tour.

Group Shop for Health Tours - Many groups benefit from a Shop for Health store tour and this can be personalized to your group’s needs. Whether you are a part of a weight loss or wellness group, a women’s group or want to take a school class on a field trip, this is a prime learning opportunity where the aisle is the best classroom. These tours can accommodate your schedule in as little as 30 minutes to as long as two hours. Tours are free to the group to participate. Groups of eight or less are preferred. Prior scheduling is required.

Medical Nutrition Therapy with Physician Referral - Your physician can refer you for an individual nutrition consultation based on your health needs.  This could include diabetes, heart disease, weight management and more.  During the consultation, Jen will examine your medical history and current health, make recommendations on nutrition needs and work with you on meal planning.  Requires prior scheduling and referral from physician.  Fee: $125/hour.

Biometric Health Screenings - At Hy-Vee, we can complete a biometric screening for you.  Biometric health screenings include a full cholesterol panel (bloodwork), blood glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, height, weight and body mass index measurements.  Results are within minutes and do require 12 hours of fasting.  Prior scheduling is required.  Fee: $45/screening. 

Wellness Presentations If you would like Jen to educate your group on a specific wellness and nutrition topic, please contact her at the store for pricing and scheduling. Presentations can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Email Jen at or call the store at 507-437-7625. 

Cooking Classes - Anyone can learn to cook from children to adults and Jen offers many classes to help all ages learn the benefits of cooking at home. It can be fun to spend time in the kitchen and make memories together! To stay up-to-date on class offerings, subscribe to Jen’s e-newsletter “A Taste of Health” by email with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

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