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Sara O'Tool

RD, LD
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Sara O'Tool

Sara O'Tool, RD, LD, is your Mason City West Hy-Vee Dietitian. Sara received her Bachelor of Science Degree in dietetics from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2015 and completed her dietetic internship through ISU at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in 2015. Sara is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Whether you are looking for general eating guidance, or help with a medical condition such as diabetes, high cholesterol, celiac disease, and more, Sara is here to help you reach your nutrition goals. Her approach is to work at each individual client's pace to make personalized, sustainable changes in nutrition and eating behaviors.

Sara offers a wide range of services for wellness, including weight management and healthy lifestyle programs, personal health assessments, personal shopping assistance, kids' cooking club, healthy recipe demonstration and nutrition consultations specific to individual dietary needs.

Dietitian Availability: Sara is normally available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays, but her availability does vary due to nutrition programs and events (Sara also works at the Hy-Vee Drugstore on Mondays and Thursdays). Evening and weekend hours are also available by appointment. Please check the dietitian events calendar on the dietitian end cap located by the pharmacy to see when Sara is available. You can also call/email ahead to ensure her availability.

Dietitian nutrition services available from Hy-Vee:

Answers in the Aisles (Complimentary): Receive answers to your nutrition questions while you shop. Sara is available to help you choose the right foods for you. For questions while you shop, you can request to speak with Sara at Customer Service or at the pharmacy.

Supermarket Tours (Complimentary – By appointment): Enjoy an aisle-by-aisle tour to discover healthy new food choices. Tour topics may include healthy shopping, heart-health, diabetes, weight management, and food allergies. Perfect for individuals or groups!

Shopping Assistance for Health (Complimentary - By appointment): Take a walk through the aisles with Sara. Find health-promoting foods that appeal to you, receive meal ideas & recipes for how to enjoy these foods and learn how to enhance your health by putting favorable foods in your cart and in your body!

Nutrition E-Newsletter (Complimentary): Sign up for the monthly Nutrition Newsletter to receive the latest nutrition tips, recipes, menus and upcoming events at your Mason City West Hy-Vee. Simply send your e-mail address to [email protected].

Weekly Menu Suggestions (Complimentary): Dinner? DONE! Did you know that every week the Hy-Vee dietitians provide a seven-day menu that includes an entrée and two side dishes? You'll get the recipes and shopping list you need to put it all together. Use the suggestions "as is" or mix and match to suit your tastes and schedule. Menus and modified versions of the Weekly Menus are available at www.hy-vee.com and include Diabetic-Friendly, Heart-Healthy, and Weight Control. You can also go online and have the menu suggestions automatically emailed to you each week. Don't miss this fantastic FREE resource!

Simple Fix (Prices Vary): No idea what to make for dinner? Hy-Vee is here to help. Simple Fix is an easy meal preparation class. Groups of 7 to 10 people prepare meals which can be cooked immediately or stored in the freezer for later use. Choose from over 400 recipes with a large variety of meats and fish, vegetarian, and dietitian-recommended choices! Each meal has 4 to 6 servings. If you have questions or are interested in scheduling a class, please call 641-424-2605 and ask for Kelli or email Kelli at [email protected].

Nutrition Counseling Packages available:
Super Shopper - $62.50: Includes one-on-one nutrition counseling session (30 minutes) and personalized shopping tour with a 5% discount on your grocery purchases the day of your tour.
Getting Healthy - $125.00: Includes one-on-one nutrition counseling session (30 minutes), two (15-minute) follow-up sessions and a personalized shopping tour with a 5% discount on your grocery purchases the day of your tour.
Making A Change - $250.00: Includes one-on-one nutrition counseling session (1 hour), four (15 minute) follow-up sessions and a personalized shopping tour with a 5% discount on your grocery purchases the day of your tour.

Hy-Vee Begin® Program ($290 - By appointment): Begin® is a ten-week healthy lifestyle and weight management program. This group or individual program emphasizes eating for good health, weight loss and being physically active. Biometrics and measurements are included at the beginning and end of the program. Contact Sara at [email protected] for more information.

Begin® For Diabetes Lifestyle Management Program ($290 - By appointment): Begin® for Diabetes is a lifestyle management program led by your Hy-Vee dietitian. People with diabetes face a specific set of health and nutrition challenges. The 10-week Begin® for Diabetes program is customized to help attendees address those issues and manage their condition. Sessions include how to count carbs and plan healthy meals, techniques to cope with the stress of a diabetes diagnosis, how to prevent complications and spot signs of hypo- and hyperglycemia as well as education on portion sizes based on dietary needs. Additionally, the 10-session program includes a cholesterol and blood glucose screening at the beginning and end of the program to help you track your progress.

*Counseling packages and the Begin® program expire one year from date of purchase.


Health Screenings ($45 - By appointment): Don't wait for chronic disease to sneak up on you. Take preventative measures by getting accurate results on cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat and blood sugar. Sara will provide the nutrition recommendations you need to improve your health.

Gluten-Free Events Sara organizes gluten-free events at your Mason City West Hy-Vee. Sara will keep a contact list for customers who would like to be in-the-know on our gluten-free happenings. Contact Sara to receive notifications at [email protected].

Community and Worksite Wellness Services (Prices vary): Sara will come to your business or organization to teach the Begin program, provide health screenings, participate in health fairs or present a nutrition topic designed for your group's interests.

Wellness Wednesdays Ten percent off every Wednesday on all HealthMarket items, bulk, fresh seafood, and organic produce at your Mason City West Hy-Vee.

To schedule an appointment or discuss nutrition services, contact Sara at [email protected] or call 641-424-2605.

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Event Schedule
6/28/2019
Cholesterol Nutrition Tour

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join Dietitian Sara each and every Friday at noon for a Cholesterol-focused nutrition tour. Learn which foods will lower your bad cholesterol, raise your good cholesterol and help you enjoy improved heart health.

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