Better Nutrition, Better Health

Working in a restaurant helped Kelly Flater discover her love of cooking and nutrition. Her passion lead her to Iowa State University where she studied and became a Registered Dietitian. After two years serving clients through the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Kelly joined the Mary Greeley Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center team.

Kelly works with inpatients, outpatients and their families. She tests those admitted to the hospital for malnutrition, instructs patients with specific physician ordered diets and educates patients and families on what to expect during and after treatments. Her newest passion is working with oncology patients. Kelly explained, “The more I work with oncology patients the more I want to learn. Their nutritional challenges, especially during treatment, are difficult to navigate but we know that better nutrition leads to better outcomes.”

Kelly Flater, Dietitian at Mary Greeley's Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center works with two people on their nutritional needs.

Gifts to the Foundation support Kelly’s work with patients. “Being able to provide this service without charging our patients so valuable. We want to remove every barrier for them,” explained Kelly. “Having access to nutrition counseling, along with all of the other services they can access through the Cancer Resource Center, truly makes the care here at Mary Greeley exceptional.”

“Seeing a patient who is overcoming cancer and is now healthy is amazing for me,” shared Kelly. “I remember an especially complex patient who I initially met in the hospital. I worked with him and his eating plan throughout treatment. After treatment, we worked to get him back to whole foods. Both he and his wife were so thankful for the direction and support. I was so thankful to contribute in his journey.”

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