Nutritional Services

The Marshall County Health Department's Nutrition Branch is committed to providing sound advice and services to benefit the health of our community. Our staff of Registered Dietitians provides medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for an array of diseases, conditions, and special needs including, but not exclusively, diabetes, heart disease, weight management, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sports nutrition. In addition to clinical responsibilities, our staff plays an active role in the community. We are continually working at increasing our involvement in areas related to worksite wellness, senior nutrition, special needs populations, and school-based programs. For more information on our community-based programs, please visit that link.

Family Fun Run:

In September of 2004, the Marshall County Family Week Committee held its inaugural fitness event. The event is designed to encourage our families and community to engage in physical activity. Events encompass all age ranges and fitness levels. O-zone Toddler Fun Run: (up to 4 years old) circles a soccer field: 1 mile youth run (up to 12 years old): 2K (1.2 miles) Fitness Challenge (all ages): 5K (3.1 miles) (all ages); Computer scoring, great door prizes, overall/age group awards; Provides up to $1000.00 each year to the Marshall County School that has the highest percentage of staff and students participate. Thus far, funding has been utilized by winning schools to purchase playground equipment that can be used by all students.

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Clinical Services:

Paul Rudd, RD LD and Jennifer Brown, MS RD LD have a combined experience of over 17 years of service in the field of Dietetics. We have appointment times available for your convenience Monday through Friday at both our Benton location. We accept appointments by way of self and/or doctor referrals. Costs associated with MNT counseling at the Marshall County Public Health Department are minimal. MNT services are available to any and all individuals that desire our assistance, regardless of ability to pay. Medicaid and Medicare* recipients may receive MNT at no cost. If you would like to schedule an appointment, speaking engagement, or just simply have a nutrition/health-related question, please feel free to contact us at 270.527.1496. We have also recently begun distributing a monthly newsletter to clients. If you are interested in receiving our newsletter (outside of our web page) via e-mail or your mailing address, please call and we will put you on the list.

*MNT costs covered by Medicare are subject to the availability of coverage provided by private insurance. Coverage for the cost of MNT counseling is also pending a physician's written referral along with a copy of the client's most recent labs. If a client does not present these requirements at the time of the first visit, we will still provide services. However, cost incurred (although minimal) may be the responsibility of the client, regardless of Medicare eligibility/coverage if the physician's order and labs are not presented at the time of the first visit. Medicare also reserves the right to deny any/all claims. If denied, payment would be the responsibility of the client. Medicare presently pays for MNT counseling (pending the above criteria are met) for Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, and non-dialysis kidney disease.

Community Nutrition Services :

The Marshall County Health Department's Nutrition Services Branch strives to provide excellent public health programs/services to the community. Be sure to check out our monthly nutrition newsletter to remain informed on upcoming community events. The following explanations provide you with information on community-based services. If you have questions/concerns, or are interested in these programs for your school, business, or group, please contact us at 270.527.1496.

Each month the Marshall County Health Department visits our senior citizen centers throughout Marshall County and our Exceptional Center to provide nutrition education counseling. We also provide additional educational sessions for the convenience of our senior citizens by way of, for example, diabetes self-management education training.

We currently work with both Murray State University and the University of Kentucky's Dietetic Internship programs. Each year, we welcome dietetic interns from these universities to assist in fulfilling their community nutrition rotation experience. In addition, we provide course instruction and guest speaking engagements to undergraduates in the dietetic program at Murray State University.

Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, the Marshall County Health Department, in association with the Marshall County Board of Education and Murray State University's Rural Health and Nursing Programs, implemented a health awareness program for all fourth grade students throughout the Marshall County School System. This program, adopted from the West Virginia CARDIAC Project, provides health risk assessments to the children of parents who voluntarily allow them to participate. The assessments include body mass index (BMI), blood glucose, blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and a fitness test.

Each year our department provides nutritional assessments for all Head Start students throughout Marshall County in addition to providing body mass index (BMI) assessments for each school's program and the Head Start program as a whole.

Each year we work with with the Marshall County Jailor and Detention Center in reviewing their menu for inmates to assure compliance with state guidelines.

Throughout the school year, nutrition staff members guest speak in classrooms throughout county schools from preschool through high school. We have recently began teaching classes on a weekly basis at one of our middle schools.