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Nutrition & Wellness

Building healthy lifestyles and wellness opportunities for our members at the Edwardsville YMCA!

Nutrition Counseling

Rachel Allard headshotRachel Allard is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for food and nutrition. Rachel began her education at Lewis and Clark Community College on a two-year tennis scholarship before transferring to Southeast Missouri State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, as well as completed a 9-month dietetic internship. In addition to nutrition programming and counseling here at the YMCA, Rachel works at Anderson Hospital part-time providing medical nutrition therapy as a clinical dietitian. Rachel has been able to provide nutrition education to individuals of all ages, work with a variety of different dietitians, and provide effective presentations that review current scientific evidence related to nutrition. This experience enables Rachel to understand and deliver personalized nutrition information to you and/or your family. Whether your goals are to manage diabetes, lower blood pressure, lose weight, gain size, handle food intolerances, or improve your family’s nutrition, Rachel can help you reach your goals by providing an individualized path to success, while helping you find a sustainable solution for a healthier life.

Set up your initial nutrition counseling appointment now by contacting Rachel at

What To Expect:
Our registered, licensed dietitian will work with you and/or your family to glean insight into unique eating habits, lifestyle, and goals. The process will allow for the dietitian and the client to work together to create a foundational action plan for improved nutrition and wellness that is practical and sustainable.

Initial 1 Hour Session: $50
Initial/Follow Up Combo: $75
30 Min Follow Up Package: 4 for $110

How to Get Started:
You have 2 ways to get your nutrition counseling journey started:

Option 1
Download the Request Form.
Fill the form out. Please save it when you have it completed.
Email the form to Rachel Allard at
She will contact you within 72 hours of receiving your form. If you do not hear back within this time period, please contact Dawn Cunningham at 618-655-1460 ext. 2248.

Option 2
Go to either the Niebur (Esic) or Meyer Center’s Fitness Center desks.
Inquire about getting nutrition counseling.
Fill out a request form & give it to an employee at the fitness center desk.
Our Nutritionist, Rachel Allard will contact you to set up an appointment.
Start achieving your goals!

Nutrition Programs

The Ultimate Training Package - Fit + Fuel Approach

Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. Maximize your health experience by learning from both exercise and nutrition professionals. This NEW package allows you time with both a trainer and a registered dietician, who will work with you to reach your personal goals by creating a manageable plan that you can stick to.

4 Personal Training Sessions & 2 Nutrition Appointments (Initial & Follow-up)
Full Privilege Members $195

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Personalized Self-Defense Workshop

Can you defend yourself? The YMCA is now offering self-defense workshops for your organization. We can teach you simple, yet effective ways to help protect yourself against bullies, predators, etc.

For More Information On Booking A Workshop For Your Group, Please Call Niebur (Esic) Or Meyer Centers.

Drop-in Wellness Workshops

Did you know, according to Today’s Dietitian, starting around the age of 50 you lose 0.5% to 2% of your total muscle mass each year? Changes in digestion & addition of medications can also have an effect on the aging process. Join us for our first 45-minute workshop that will provide you with the nutrition tools you need to age your very best! For more information please contact Dawn Cunningham at (618) 655-1460 or


Ho Ho Hold Your Weight!

Don’t let the holiday weight sneak up on you! We have a great plan to keep the weight off during the holidays! This plan will help you say “NO” to those holiday cravings & challenge you to maintain your weight within 2lbs. for 7 weeks.

Punch Card for 4 FREE Spin Classes
Weekly Emails: Include An Exercise Challenge & A Healthy Recipe
$20 YMCA Voucher If you maintain your weight within 2lbs. If you gain more than 2lbs. your $20 fee will go towards our 2018 Annual Campaign program to help families in need.

Returns Fall 2019!

Navigate Your Way Through The Grocery Store

Do you struggle to find healthy options at the grocery store? We will give you some tips as you talk with our expert & learn the best way to navigate through the store. If you like what you hear, we also offer in-store follow-up tours!

More information to come soon on dates!

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