Nina Struss

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Nina Struss, RD, LDN, is the registered dietitian at the Milan Hy-Vee. She received her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Western Illinois University. She completed her dietetic internship with Tri-County Health Department in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Nina is a nationally registered dietitian and licensed in the state of Illinois. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Illinois Dietetic Association and the Mississippi Valley Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She began her nutrition career in the Denver suburbs as a dietitian for the WIC program and as an outpatient dietitian for a hospital in Muscatine, Iowa. Nina is often found assisting customers in the aisles with food and nutrition-related questions. Feel free to contact Nina at or call 309-787-0273 to set up an appointment or ask a question.


Hy-Vee One Step Garden


Hy-Vee One Step Garden Program

The Hy-Vee One Step garden and cooking program will begin its fourth season in the spring of 2015. This innovative and forward-thinking program was implemented by Nina Struss at the Milan Hy-Vee. In 2012, the Hy-Vee One Step garden program began with the help of the University of Illinois Extension and a partnership with Ridgewood Elementary School.

The main goals of the program are:

  • Children's 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.

Registration for our 2015 growing season will open in May 2015.  If you would like to be a part of the program for the 2015 growing season as a student/family or community partner, please contact Nina at Hy-Vee by phone 309.787.0273 or by email

Cllick below to read local coverage about the One Step Garden program! 


Medical Nutrition Therapy with physician referral Prices vary, by appointment

Need help with your special health or dietary needs? Come to Hy-Vee and Nina will help you develop a personalized nutrition plan for weight loss, heart disease, food allergies and more! With referral from a physician, your Milan Hy-Vee dietitian will meet with you individually to develop a personalized plan, with achievable goals, to address your nutrition-related concerns. 

Shopping Assistance for Health with your Milan Hy-Vee dietitian Complimentary, 30-minute session, by appointment

Take a walk through the aisles with your Milan Hy-Vee dietitian to find health-promoting foods that appeal to you, receive ideas & recipes for how to enjoy these foods, or review the basics on understanding Nutrition Facts labels. Learn how to enhance your health by putting favorable foods in your shopping cart…and in your body!

Community Presentations Prices vary

Nutrition presentations are great for employee wellness programs, schools, churches and more. Your Milan Hy-Vee dietitian will come to your business or organization to present a nutrition topic designed for your group’s interests. Popular topics include diabetes, quick and healthy cooking, packing a healthy lunch, shopping on a budget, “superfoods” and lowering cholesterol.

Kids in the Kitchen Prices Vary

Teach your young kids to cook with this fun-filled class! Dietitian Nina Struss will show you and your kids how to prepare fun and tasty recipes your kids will love. Contact Nina for more information or to sign up! Presentations are also available for other groups upon request.

Scout Adventures Prices Vary

Contact our dietitian, Nina Struss, for more information on how your Boy or Girl Scout troop can earn a badge in health and wellness at your Milan Hy-Vee. Classes include nutrition information and recipes for the kids to prepare.

Available June – September: Request your class outside in our Sprouts garden and make recipes using produce from the garden!

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