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Nina Struss

Nina Struss, RD, LDN, is the registered dietitian at the Milan Hy-Vee. Nina believes a healthy lifestyle is more than just the foods we choose to consume. She is dedicated to assisting customers with a mind-body approach to a healthier lifestyle through education on intuitive eating, stress reduction and a whole foods approach. She is a “non-diet” dietitian and actively supports the Health at Every Size® (HAES) initiative. Her areas of interest include women’s health, childhood nutrition and intuitive eating. 

Nina received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Western Illinois University and completed her dietetic internship with Tri-County Health Department in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Nina is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor through the Intuitive Eating Program with Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRF, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND. Nina is a licensed dietitian in Illinois and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Nina participates in a number of events in and out of the store, so her schedule is always changing.  You can often catch her in the store Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can always contact her by phone (309-787-0273) or e-mail at [email protected] to schedule 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 seventh season in the spring of 2018. This innovative and forward-thinking program was implemented by Nina Struss at the Milan Hy-Vee in 2012.

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.

The garden has served groups such as the Boys and Girls Club and Spring Forward Learning Center as well as many members of the community.  If you would like to be a part of the program for the 2018 growing season as a student/family or community partner, please contact Nina at Hy-Vee by phone (309) 787-0273 or by email [email protected].

Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors: University of Illinois Extension and Milan Lion's Club.

Nutrition Counseling Sessions and Packages:

15 Minute Wellness Evaluation – Complimentary

Are you stuck in a rut? Looking to improve your health but not sure how? Contact Nina for a free 15-minute wellness evaluation to help identify your best path to a healthier you. During this evaluation Nina will gather insight into your nutrition concerns and answer any questions about our current nutrition services and programs at Hy-Vee. She will describe her approach to nutrition counseling and provide recommendations on the healthy lifestyle path that is right for you.

*Note that you will not receive any diagnosis or treatment as part of this brief evaluation.

Supermarket Tour – Complimentary

Includes one (1 hour) supermarket tour with 5% off grocery purchase to use the day of your tour. A supermarket tour includes: Instruction on how to read a food label, a tour of the grocery aisles to identify dietitian-approved food and product recommendations, healthy nutrition resources and access to e-mail and telephone for follow-up questions or concerns. Supermarket tours can be scheduled for individuals or groups. Supermarket Tour topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Eating for Health – Includes instruction on one of the following disease states (as identified by customer): Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes, Low Sodium, Heart Health, Healthy Eating and Gluten Free. Other topics available upon request.
  • Food as Medicine – Includes instruction on foods to include in your diet to help prevent or fight disease.
  • Healthy Kids – Join Nina on a fun and interactive store tour focusing on healthy foods from all five MyPlate food groups. Learn about our Hy-Vee KidsFit program and receive free registration after the tour! Recommended ages: 4-14 years old.
  • Budget Friendly – Includes instruction on how to read a food label, compare unit prices, identify healthy options in each of the five food groups and money-saving tips.
  • Fueling for Fertility and/or Pregnancy – Planning a future with a family? Nina will help to identify foods that support fertility in both males and females. Already on the pregnancy path and need nutrition guidance? Nina will identify foods most important during pregnancy and provide food and product recommendations.

Know Your Numbers - $45
Includes one (15-minute) biometric screening with full lipid (cholesterol) panel, blood sugar, BMI (body mass index), blood pressure and body fat percentage. One-on-one explanation (15-minutes) of results and suggestions on how to improve your numbers, if necessary. Optional: Add personalized supermarket tour (1 hour) with 5% off grocery purchase to use the day of your tour at no additional charge.

Intuitive Eating Counseling - $125

Intuitive Eating is an evidence-based approach to re-learn how to listen to the body’s cues to guide eating. Focusing on ten principles, Intuitive Eating allows you to let go of the diet mentality and instead allow your body to settle at its natural weight. Nina will help to guide you through the process of learning to respect and love your body while healing your relationship with food. This initial (1 hour) session will include a conversation with Nina regarding your past relationship and experiences with food and dieting as well as a personalized evaluation and plan to move forward with the Intuitive Eating process. Follow-up appointments are strongly recommended and are scheduled per customer preference.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (with Physician Referral) - $125
Includes a one-on-one nutrition counseling session (1 hour) with 10% off grocery purchase to use the day of your appointment. Session includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment, complete dietary analysis, healthy nutrition resources, personalized meal planning assistance and access to telephone and e-mail for follow-up questions/concerns. Optional: Add personalized supermarket tour (1 hour) with 5% off grocery purchase to use the day of your tour at no additional charge.

Conditions treated, but are not limited to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Pre-Diabetes or Diabetes
  • Celiac Disease
  • Food Allergies or Intolerances
  • Nutrition for Infertility or Pre-Conception
  • Menstrual or Hormonal Disorders
  • Nutrition for Pregnancy, Post-Partum or Menopause
  • Infant or Childhood Feeding and Nutrition

Nutrition Follow-Up Appointment – $62.50

Includes one (30 minute) nutrition counseling session to provide support and help you continue reaching your nutrition goals. Must schedule either a Medical Nutrition Therapy session or an initial Intuitive Eating session prior to a follow-up appointment.

Begin® Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program - $290
Begin® is a healthy lifestyle and weight management program led by your Hy-Vee dietitian. Begin™ is available on an individual or group basis. Group sessions can be held in-store or out in the community. Begin® can also be held at your business as part of an employee wellness program. Sessions include nutrition education, personal goal setting and support with a Registered Dietitian. 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.

Begin® For Diabetes Lifestyle Management Program - $290
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.

Additional Services:

Community Presentations - Prices vary
Nutrition presentations are great for employee wellness programs, schools, churches and more. Nina will come to your business or organization to present a nutrition topic designed for your group's interests. Popular topics include intuitive eating, quick and healthy cooking, packing a healthy lunch, shopping on a budget and lowering cholesterol.

Nutrition for Kids – Prices vary
Nina has a variety of options available to teach kids of all ages about nutrition. Options include kids’ cooking classes, store scavenger hunts and tours, school presentations and private group events. Contact Nina or visit the store's event page for class information and registration.

Cooking Classes
Nina offers a variety of nutritious cooking classes designed for all skill levels. Learn a new culinary skill, taste new foods and prepare featured foods in new ways. Contact Nina or visit the store's event page for class information and registration.

Nutrition Newsletter - Complimentary
This newsletter includes monthly nutrition tips, recipes and details on upcoming events and classes. Send Nina an e-mail at [email protected] with “Newsletter” as the subject line to be added to the list!

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Event Schedule
Free Heart Health Nutrition Walk

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join us for a Heart Health Nutrition Walk led by your Milan Hy-Vee Dietitian Nina Struss RD, LDN.

Free Diabetes Nutrition Walk

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Discover diabetes-friendly foods in every aisle — and learn how choosing your carbohydrates carefully can make a real difference.

2020 Women's Health and Lifestyle Fair

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mark your calendar for the 2020 KWQC Unity Point Health-Trinity Women's Health and Lifestyle Fair.

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