Upcoming Nutrition Programs 

The Y offers Nutrition Programs year-round. From cooking classes for the kids to FREE lobby events at your home Y once a month. Take a look at our upcoming programs:

December Nutrition Programs/Events

December Free Lobbying! - Happy Holidays! Find our nutrition team in the lobby at your local Y to grab tips on how to stay balanced during the holiday season, plus a sample of tasty holiday treats you can feel great about eating!

  • Aurora | Dec. 13 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Arvada | Dec. 8 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Downtown Denver | Dec. 12 | 5 - 6 PM
  • Littleton | Dec. 5 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Southwest | Dec. 8 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
  • University Hills | Dec. 6 | 5 - 6 PM
January Nutrition Program/Events

Older Adult Nutrition Cooking Program:

  • Arvada YMCA | Jan. 24 | 11 AM | Register
  • University Hills YMCA | Jan. 23 | 12 PM | Register 

Mindful Eating Series: 

  • Arvada YMCA | Tuesdays in January starting 1/10 | 11 AM | Register 
  • Aurora YMCA | Tuesdays in January starting 1/10 | 5 PM | Register 
  • Downtown Denver YMCA | Tuesdays in January staring 1/10 | 6 PM | Register 
  • Littleton YMCA | Tuesdays in January starting 1/10 | 12 PM | Register

January Nutrition Lobby Events - Happy New Year! Find our nutrition team in the lobby at your local Y to grab tips on how to stay balanced during the new year, plus sample some tasty treats you can feel great about eating!

  • Aurora | Jan. 11 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Arvada | Jan. 3 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Downtown Denver | Jan. 9 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Littleton | Jan. 9 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Southwest | Jan. 5 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
  • University Hills | Jan. 10 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February Nutrition Program/Events

February Nutrition Lobby Events - Find our nutrition team in the lobby at your local Y to grab tips on how to stay balanced throughout the year, plus sample some tasty treats you can feel great about eating!

  • Aurora | Feb. 7 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Arvada | Feb. 7 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Downtown Denver | Feb. 13 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Littleton | Feb. 6 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Southwest | Feb. 9 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
  • University Hills | Feb. 6 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Need help with nutrition? The Y can help

You can work with a YMCA Nutrition Specialist to:

  • Set nutrition goals that work for YOU 
  • Learn ways to take action and stick with healthy habits

To get started, book a FREE 15 minute discovery session with one of our Nutrition Specialists. In this session, you can share more about your goals and learn if we can help.

These sessions can be held on a video call (virtual) or in-person at a YMCA wellness center.

If you want more support after your discovery session, you can keep working with us one-on-one:

YMCA Member Pricing:

  • 30-minute session: $34
  • (4) 30-minute sessions: $125
  • 60-minute session: $62
  • (4) 60-minute sessions: $228

Non-member Pricing:

  • 30-minute session: $84
  • (4) 30-minute sessions: $175
  • 60-minute session: $112
  • (4) 60-minute sessions: $278

Your nutrition specialist can help you pick the best option to help you reach your goals. 

Ready to Purchase and Schedule?

You can purchase your nutrition package online. Purchase a Nutrition package

Then, schedule a session using the calendar below. Not a member of the YMCA of Metro Denver? Send a message to us one of our nutritionists will contact you.

Include your co-workers on your Nutrition and Wellness Journey, learn more about corporate partnerships! Ask about options for a group nutrition consult at no charge!

Cancellations:

24 hours’ notice is required for all appointment cancellations. Fee-based sessions that are cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time will be deducted from the client’s account.

Schedule your Discover Nutrition (FREE 15-minute consult)

Schedule a 30/60 Minute Nutrition Session

Learn more about our nutrition team below:

LIZ BRAVMAN

Liz  Bravman

Liz Bravman is a Nutritionist based out of the Arvada Y. Liz is a former pediatric nurse who went back to school to receive her Master's in Nutrition Education. She has worked in various community programs around Denver teaching low-income families how to eat healthy on a budget. Since Liz has three active children, she also specializes in helping busy individuals, families, and children learn how to keep wellness and lifelong nutrition habits a priority. Liz is also passionate about Mindful Eating and teaching others how to practice it in their daily lives. 

JEN LEASE 

Jen Lease

Jen Lease is the Senior Manager of Nutrition, based out of our University Hills Y. She’s a Registered Dietitian who loves to simplify the science of nutrition into real life application. She has worked in clinical, community, and corporate wellness settings to provide education around healthy eating and cooking. With a certification in Health Supportive Culinary Arts, Jen specializes in helping others learn how to navigate the kitchen and find a cooking strategy that supports their lifestyle and goals. She loves to bring nutrition education in the form of cooking classes to help you take action and feel confident to prepare simple meals that are nutritious and delicious. In her free time, Jen loves to adventure in the beautiful outdoors!  

CAMI WOOMER

Cami Wooten Nutrition Denver YMCA

Cami Woomer is a Nutritionist based out of the Aurora Y. She’s passionate about making nutrition fun and easy by meeting clients where they’re at and incorporating real-life factors when helping clients design and accomplish their nutrition goals. She has experience working with weight loss and diabetes prevention clients, and she understands that lifestyle changes are the key to success with both. In her free time, Cami enjoys doing anything outdoors and is constantly trying new things to continue to grow. 

ALYSSA LEIB

Alyssa Nutrition Denver YMCA

Alyssa Leib is a Registered Dietitian based out of the Downtown Y and Southwest Y. Before becoming a Dietitian, Alyssa researched ways to reduce rates of chronic disease and improve food security. She has experience in sports nutrition, chronic disease management and prevention, and maternal and child nutrition, and is excited to help you reach your goals! Alyssa is bilingual in Spanish and believes that good nutrition should be accessible to everyone. When she isn’t talking about food, you can find Alyssa playing in the mountains with her border collie or reading a good book. 

MEGAN MURPHY

Megan Murphy Nutrition YMCA Denver

Megan Murphy is a Registered Dietitian based out of the Littleton Y. Her drive to become a Dietitian started from her own struggles with trying to correctly fuel her workouts. She decided to move into an industry that could allow her to help others become more educated and successful with their goals. Megan believes that diet trends are mostly unsustainable, and everyone benefits from personally tailored support - she discourages the one-diet-fits-all approach. She believes the best path to long-term success is to implement small sustainable changes over time to create your best possible lifestyle.  

 

What can I expect when I work with a Nutrition Specialist one-on-one for nutrition consults?

When you work with us one-on-one, you’re getting the most personalized service we offer – your Nutrition Specialist becomes a partner on your journey toward improved health, taking an invested interest in helping you reach your goals! This looks like education, support, and accountability with open conversation and trust. You can feel confident that you’re in a judgment-free space with your Nutrition Specialist.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for nutrition – we all have different lifestyles, food preferences, health concerns, barriers, and goals. Your Nutrition Specialist works alongside you to help you navigate all those factors and build a nutrition plan that works for you. We’ll help you find strategies and build habits that you can keep over time – no more quick-fixes or diets that don’t work!

If you purchase a package of consults, you’ll meet with your Nutrition Specialist for follow-up sessions that give you the space to share your wins, progress toward your goals, and to troubleshoot any challenges that come up. You may continue to purchase additional sessions for as long as you’d like our support and accountability.

Do you just give me a diet or meal plan to follow?

We do not give you a diet or standard meal plan to follow. When you work with us one-on-one, we look at your lifestyle, schedule, food preferences, cooking skills, and more to help personalize nutrition recommendations, strategies, and other guidance to what will work best for you to reach your goals. There is no standard diet or meal plan that works for everyone. We can guide you to learn a meal planning strategy that makes sense for you to help keep your healthy habits sustainable long-term. We do not promote any fad diets or any one particular way of eating.

What can a Nutrition Specialist help me with?

A Nutrition Specialist at the Y can support you in many ways! We can help you navigate different challenges around nutrition and work together to set goals that are realistic and attainable. Here are some examples of how our team can help: 

  • Personalized meal planning and meal prep strategies
  • Pre- and post-exercise fueling
  • Understanding eating behaviors with strategies to become a more mindful and intuitive eater -Maintaining a happy weight for your body without restrictive diets
  • General understanding of balanced nutrition to support your overall health
  • How to stick with balanced eating patterns on a budget
  • Navigating real-life challenges, like traveling and eating out 

Additionally, we have three Registered Dietitians (RDs) on our team. An RD is specially certified to work with you to make nutrition modifications related to a chronic disease or other medical issue, such as pre-diabetes and diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. We can help you navigate changes to your eating patterns that best support your health. 

Can anyone purchase a nutrition consult package? Is there anyone you don’t work with?

Any member or non-member at the Y can purchase a nutrition consult package after they’ve had their free 15-minute nutrition discovery session. The nutrition discovery session is a space for us to learn more about you and the nutrition support you’re looking for and to determine if you’re a good fit for one-on- one consults at the Y. You may not be a good fit if you have a severe medical issue that requires additional support. We do not work with individuals who have an active, diagnosed eating disorder. Our Nutrition Specialists can help direct you to other healthcare spaces or providers, if needed.

How do I purchase nutrition consults and schedule? Where will we meet and how often?

You can purchase a single nutrition consult or package right from our webpage or at the front desk of your local YMCA. Your Nutrition Specialist will communicate with you directly by email or phone to schedule your first session.

Nutrition consults can be done in person at your local YMCA or virtually over HIPAA-protected Zoom. Once you’ve arranged scheduling, your Nutrition Specialist will let you know where you’ll meet in the Y or will send you the link for Zoom.

If you purchase a package of nutrition consults, you will decide with your Nutrition Specialist how often to meet – this can vary person to person, depending on the level of support and accountability you’re looking for. You might meet more often at the start (i.e. once every 2 weeks) and start spacing out your sessions as you become more empowered on your own (i.e. once per month or every other month). You can always purchase additional sessions once you’ve completed a package of consults if you would like to continue working with your Nutrition Specialist.

Not a member of the Y? We’re happy to work with you, too! You’ll receive all the same service just at a higher cost than our YMCA members. Please see above on this page for pricing information.

If you have any other questions or you’re ready to get started, send us a message at nutrition@denverymca.org!