Christy Frese

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Christy Frese, registered dietitian, is ready to help make your life easier, healthier and happier! Find Christy in the aisles helping customers locate healthy foods or demonstrating a tasty recipe with shoppers, in the Club Room teaching cooking classes, out in the community presenting nutrition seminars or near the pharmacy performing biometric screenings and one-on-one nutrition counseling. Christy is also regularly featured as the KCRG Midday News Nutrition Expert, watch for her and other local Hy-Vee dietitians on Tuesdays. Christy is always ready to provide creative and realistic ways to make healthy eating part of your daily routine.

Christy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a practicing dietitian for 12 years. Christy moved back to her home state of Iowa in 2000 and began working at St. Luke’s Hospital here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She moved to the aisles of Hy-Vee in February 2006. When Christy is not in the aisles of Hy-Vee she prefers to spend her time going on outdoor adventures with her husband and son, trying out new recipes, gardening and reading food and crafting blogs.


Julie Gallagher

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Julie Gallagher ( is a Registered Dietitian available to answer questions, provide group classes and individual consultations at the Edgewood Road Hy-Vee.
Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health from Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, Missouri, and a Master of Science Degree in human nutrition and food service management from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. She has over 13 years of experience working as a sports nutritionist for high school, college and Olympic athletes in addition to expertise in weight management and eating disorders. Julie has two children and loves following their sports events. For exercise, she combines weight training, cardio and cycling.

Services Include:

One-on-One Nutrition Consultation
By appointment
Need help with your special dietary needs? Visit Christy or Julie for a specialized nutrition consultation. Your Hy-Vee dietitian will create an individualized meal plan to meet your needs. Contact Christy at or contact Julie at You can also call 319 - 378 - 0762 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Contact Christy or Julie for pricing.

Community Presentations
By appointment
Christy will come to your business or organization to present a nutrition topic designed for your group’s interests. Popular topics include diabetes, healthy cooking, packing a healthy lunch, healthy snacks, sports nutrition and lowering cholesterol. The presentation can be tailored to your group’s needs. Contact Christy at or contact Julie at You can also call 319 - 378 - 0762 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Contact Christy or Julie for pricing.

Begin Lifestyle Program
By appointment

Begin is a new way of living. A new way of understanding. A new way of gaining control. Begin is a new way of learning. Learning what to eat and when to eat. Begin is a ten-session lifestyle management program with emphasis on weight control, fitness and eating for good health.

Begin Individual Program (Healthy lifestyle & weight management program): $290
1 initial visit with biometric screening (60 minutes)
Seven follow-up sessions (15 minutes)
1 follow-up session including measurements (30 minutes)
1 final visit with biometric screening (30 minutes)

Begin Group Program (Healthy lifestyle & weight management program): $290
1 individual visit with biometric screening (60 minutes)
Seven group classes (60 minutes)
1 follow-up session including measurements (30 minutes)
1 individual visit with biometric screening (30 minutes) 

Monthly Nutrition E-newsletter – Free!
Keep the latest nutrition information at your fingertips with a monthly nutrition newsletter from your Edgewood Road Hy-Vee dietitian. I'll share with you nutrition in the news, new food products, schedule of events, recipe ideas and more! Send me an email at and type in "subscribe." Your email will be kept confidential. You can also ask to sign up for the  E-newsletter at the pharmacy.

NuVal Grocery Store Tour – Free!
By appointment
NuVal has come to your Edgewood Rd Hy-Vee. What is NuVal? NuVal is a nutritional scoring system that summarizes nutritional information into a single score. This information will provide customers with the ability to make well-informed nutritional choices, one food at a time. Contact Christy at or contact Julie at You can also call 319 - 378 - 0762 for more information or to schedule a one-on-one tour; group tours also welcome.

Personal Shopping Assistance – Free!
By appointment
Make an appointment with Christy or Julie and take a walk through the supermarket to find healthy foods in every aisle. Get help with meal suggestions and receive guidance for special dietary needs. Contact Christy at or Julie at You can also reach us at 319 - 378 - 0762 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Nutrition Education Store Tour
By appointment, complimentary. Your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian will provide you with the knowledge needed to select foods throughout the store that suit your specific nutrition needs. Your Hy-Vee dietitian is available to schedule this service at your convenience.

Medical Nutrition Therapy
By appointment, with physician referral. Contact your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian for fee information and insurance options. Your physician may refer you for an appointment with the Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian for this nutrition counseling service. This service is provided to treat a medical condition and associated symptoms through diet. The Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian will examine your medical history, evaluate your nutrition status and work with you to develop a plan for lifestyle changes based on your unique nutrition needs.

Health Screens
By appointment, prices vary. Don’t wait for chronic diseases to sneak up on you. Take preventative measures by getting a biometric screening provided by your Hy-Vee dietitian. Get quick and accurate results on cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat and body mass index. Your Hy-Vee dietitian can give you the information you need and show you the foods you can choose to improve your health.

Community and Corporate Wellness Programs
Prices vary. Health and wellness programs developed by the Hy-Vee Registered Dietitians are available for your business or organization. These programs
may be presented in the store or the dietitian can come to you. Programs may include nutrition presentations, cooking demonstrations, health screening, weight management programs and health fairs. Contact your nearest Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian to discuss program scheduling, topic ideas and fee information.

Kids’ Nutrition Events

Prices vary. A variety of kids’ classes is available, depending on the location. Visit the store’s website or contact the Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian for more information on cooking classes, gardening programs, Girl Scout and Boy Scout badge programs, store tours and birthday parties.

Cooking Classes

Prices vary. Let the cooking adventures begin! Hy-Vee Registered Dietitians team up with the Hy-Vee chefs to offer a variety of cooking classes designed for all skill levels. Learn a new culinary skill, taste new foods and prepare featured foods in new ways. Visit the store’s website or contact the Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian for class information and registration.

Answers in the Aisles

Receive answers to your nutrition questions while you shop. Your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian can help you choose the right foods for you.

Begin Program

Prices vary. Begin is a ten-week lifestyle management program led by your Hy-Vee dietitian. This in-store, group or individual program emphasizes weight loss, exercise and eating for good health. To begin your new lifestyle, contact your local Hy-Vee dietitian or watch for announcements on the start of the next Begin session.

Monthly Calendar of Events
Hy-Vee Registered Dietitians plan special events and classes every month. To view a store’s calendar of events, go to to search for your local store in the “store finder” by entering your zip code or city and state. Select the store and click on “View All Events.” In addition, contact your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian to subscribe to the e-newsletter.


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