YMCA Nutrition Counseling Program

nutrition counseling

Nutrition Counseling

One of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle is one’s eating habits. Did you know that weight loss, on average, consists of 70% diet and 30% exercise? That means what you eat has a significant impact on your health! Nutrition Counseling is for anyone who would like to speak with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for a personalized nutrition care plan to meet their unique health outcomes.

The Harrisburg Area YMCA dedicates to helping maintain a healthy community through a variety of programs and services. This is why we have provided not only fitness classes and wellness facilities but also nutrition counseling to our members to help them stay active and eat healthy too! The YMCA Nutrition Counseling Program helps adults find a healthier way of eating that’s right for them. Together, the dietitian and client will:

  • Assess current nutritional status, and discuss desired health and lifestyle outcomes
  • Design a personalized nutrition care plan that is aligned with needs and wants
  • Collaborate on S.M.A.R.T. goals for changing behaviors and building habits
  • Select evidence-based information, tools, strategies, and support for each step of the journey

Here to Help You

nutrition counseling – YMCA Nutrition Counseling ProgramMattie Lefever received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. To become a registered dietitian, she took and passed a national board certification dietitian exam. Mattie worked as a clinical dietitian at Penn Medicine in Lancaster before moving to her current position with the Harrisburg Area YMCA. As a Licensed and Registered Dietitian in the state of Pennsylvania, she is an expert in nutrition. She enjoys exploring cultures through food and its people, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Our registered dietitian assists with the following:

  • Anti-diet/intuitive eating
  • Healthy habits
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Balanced eating
  • Family meal planning
  • Chronic disease
  • Emotional eating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Food logs and portion control
  • Nutrients and food choices
  • Grocery store choices
  • Eating on the go
  • Preparing meals
  • Grocery shopping

Ready to get started?

Are you ready to kickstart your nutrition? Fill out our interest form below to get started! To learn more about this program, please contact Mattie Lefever at the YMCA Center for Healthy Living at 717-686-4873.


Nutrition Consultations

This one-month program will give you a jump-start on healthy habits. Get an individualized nutrition plan to help you be successful in reaching your nutrition goals. These consultations include (1) one-hour initial assessment, (2) 30-minute follow-up sessions, and one month of weekly email check-ins and nutrition tips.

Check-in schedule:

  • East Shore YMCA – 2nd Tuesday morning of each month
  • Friendship YMCA – 4th Monday afternoon of each month
  • Northern Dauphin Co. YMCA – 1st Wednesday morning of each month
  • West Shore YMCA – 2nd Monday morning of each month


Nutrition Seminars

Our dietitian provides monthly 45-minute nutrition education sessions at each of the Harrisburg Area YMCA branches. The seminar will be discussion-based with presentations and Q&A sessions.

What would you like to know about nutrition? Fill out the link below to sign up for a seminar and learn about a nutrition topic that interests you.

Nutrition Seminar schedule:

  • East Shore YMCA – 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:15 AM-12:00 PM in the 1st floor Meeting Room
  • Friendship YMCA – 1st Thursday of each month from 1:00-1:45 PM in the Senior Center
  • Northern Dauphin Co. YMCA – 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:15-11:00 AM in the Conference Room
  • West Shore YMCA – 2nd Monday of each month from 10:00-10:45 AM in the Annex Building


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