Dietitian Information

Our Village Health team includes an on-site NZ Registered Dietitian, trained in providing personalised nutrition advice to suit your lifestyle and to help you reach your goals.

Food is a part of our everyday lives, and as a dietitian I embrace this fully. I enjoy promoting food as something to enjoy, however I also recognise the important part food plays in our both our physical and mental health. I can tailor advice to suit you, and am committed to supporting you along your journey.

Please see our dietitian services offered here.

Making Healthy Choices

Meet our Dietitian

Leanne Curgenven
NZRD, MDiet, BSc
NZRD, MDiet, BSc

"I love helping people to learn about the world of food. I have always liked the term ‘everything in moderation’, although I understand it is harder and harder these days to implement this philosophy with the enormous range of food and beverages we are faced with every day. I believe many ‘diets’ overcomplicate our view of food. So often we hear conflicting messages in the local newspaper, magazines, on radio as to what foods are going to make us fitter, faster or stronger. Let’s enjoy our food and not let it rule our lives, let’s let the research lead the way, and most importantly, let’s think about what we want out of life. If you think you are at a standstill and you want to talk over ways to improve your nutrition, I am here for you."

Contact Leanne at leannec@villagehealth.net.nz

What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A dietitian must complete a Degree in Human Nutrition and a Masters in Dietetics at University. In order to be registered to the NZ Dietitians Board, they are required to complete ongoing learning and continue to stay up to date with the latest nutrition research. Dietitians are trained in analysing the psychology of food and eating and have further knowledge of medicalised nutrition.

A registered nutritionist must complete a degree and post-graduate degree in nutrition and have 2-3 years of supervision; they are also registered to their own board. A nutritionist (note: not a registered nutritionist) is not a protected term, meaning no qualifications are required to use that title. Please be aware of this when looking for reliable and safe nutrition advice.

Dietitian Services

  • Weight Management including malnourishment
  • Gut health – e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including low FODMAP group education, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), diverticulosis, coeliac disease and food intolerances
  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Pregnancy and Women’s Health 
  • Infant and Childhood Nutrition - e.g. faltering growth, fussy eating, constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health
  • COPD and emphysema
  • Intolerance and Allergies

Our dietitian is trained in numerous areas of nutrition, and is happy to assist you with any nutrition concerns you may be experiencing. This list of services is not exhaustive. If you would like to know more, please call 03 3388595 or email  at leannec@villagehealth.net.nz

Pre-Appointment Forms

Please complete the Food Diary and the Pre-Appointment Questionnaire before the dietitian appointment. Drop the forms off the day before or at least 15 minutes PRIOR to your appointment so they can be reviewed by the dietitian.

Click on the links below to access the forms you need:

Pre-Appointment Questionnaire

Please complete this form to help us help you.
Click HERE

Food & Symptom Diary

Please complete the Food & Symptom Diary if you are seeing the Dietitian for gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. IBS, tummy pain or bowel related).
Click HERE

6-Day Food Diary

Please complete the 6-Day Food Diary for any other reason you are seeing the Dietitian.
Click HERE

Either email your forms to us or drop them in to Village Health 30 Lincoln Road.
Leanne's email: leannec@villagehealth.net.nz

Dietitian Fees

Unenrolled Patients with Village Health:
Service Time Description Price
Initial Consultation 60 mins Includes a dietary assessment, a summary of your consult emailed to you, 'kickstarter' goals, and a letter to your GP outlining the consult (if required) $115
Follow-up Consultation 30 mins Includes further personalised goal setting, manipulation of current goals and further discussion as required $60
Village Health's Dietitian Package 120 mins This package includes 1 x initial and 2 x follow up consultations, saving you $20! $215
Enrolled Patients with Village Health:
Service Time Description Price
Initial Consultation 45 mins Includes a dietary assessment, 'kickstarter' goals, and information passed on to your GP (if required) $75
Follow-up Consultation 30 mins Includes further personalised goal setting, manipulation of current goals and further discussion as required $60
Prescription Consultation (Instead of a Dr Appointment) 30 mins We cover lifestyle choices beneficial for your health condition/s, personalised goal setting, blood pressure check, and you get your regular medications script from your GP! Ask your GP on your next visit if this would suit you. $49 (Price of a GP consult)

Phone consultations are available. Follow-up appointments are highly recommended so that we can fully support you in achieving your goals.

Nutrition Blog

Check out our blog below and see what is going on in the vast world of nutrition!

Diabetes Classes

By Lydia Marshall | July 11, 2019

Village Health presents a 3 part interactive series for people with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, run by our very own Dietitian Leanne! Click HERE or read on for further information. This event will be held upstairs in our brand new building at Village Health, 30 Lincoln Road. Classes begin at 5.45pm and will finish approximately 6.45pm. The first class – held … Read More

Coeliac Awareness Week, 10 – 16 June 2019

By Lydia Marshall | June 10, 2019

This week is ‘Coeliac Awareness Week’ in NZ. Approximately 1 in 70 New Zealanders have coeliac disease, and up to 80% of those are unaware they have the condition! Increasing awareness is important for both diagnosis and increasing our knowledge on what a gluten free diet is. Someone close to me personally has coeliac disease – she recently had dinner … Read More

World Milk Day!

By Lydia Marshall | May 31, 2019

Happy World Milk Day for the 1st June! With World Milk Day being tomorrow, I thought this would be an udderly fantastic opportunity to share some milky facts, talk about bone health and spread the dairy knowledge… Cow’s milk is packed with nutrients, and plays a vital part in many of our diets. So first off, what nutrient goodies does … Read More

Making Small Changes

By Lydia Marshall | May 20, 2019

Whether we think about it or not, we have all made changes for better or worse over our lifetimes. Most of the time, these changes occur without us even realising they are happening – especially the ‘bad’ ones! Whether you’re trying to cut down on some indulgences, get fitter, socialise more, or even learn an instrument – the number one … Read More

Vitamin C & The Common Cold

By Lydia Marshall | May 7, 2019

As winter steadily approaches, our noses tend to drip a little more and the trusty Vitamin C tablets come back out of the kitchen cabinet. But how useful is vitamin C when it comes to the common cold, and is it worth its hefty price? Vitamin C plays a role as an antioxidant, assists in wound healing, increases iron absorption … Read More

Mindfulness, Not Mindlessness

By Village Health Dietitian | November 14, 2018

It’s fair to say we live busy lives. We go from one thing to the next – whether it’s our jobs, relationships, children, houses, finances… the list goes on! Being mindful in the way we live, interact with people and food can be a way of dealing with all that life stress that just seems to build up. Mindfulness? Mindfulness … Read More

Feeding Your Gut with Fibre

By Village Health Dietitian | September 2, 2018

Feeding Your Gut with Fibre As a population, we do not eat enough fibre in our diets, and getting a mixture of the different types of fibre is another important consideration. But before we even discuss the food sources, it’s important to first understand: what is ‘fibre’, why is it important, and then; what does eating more actually look like? … Read More

10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

By Holly Horner | July 25, 2018

We all have cholesterol in our bodies, it’s when we have a little too much cholesterol in our body that we can start to get concerned. Too much cholesterol builds up inside our arteries, blocking the blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. NOTE: This advice is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and does not just … Read More

Ever wondered how following a low GI eating plan might benefit you?

By Village Health Dietitian | April 2, 2018

Low GI Ever wondered how following a low GI eating plan might benefit you? Just like with other areas of life, it’s good to have a plan – a financial plan (whether that just means paying your bills on time), an entertainment ‘plan’ (making time for things you enjoy, no matter how small)… you get the idea. An eating plan … Read More

More of this, less of that for managing cholesterol

By Village Health Dietitian | March 27, 2018

Here is an easy guide for which foods you should seek out and which to avoid to help lower your cholesterol. Increase your intake of: Food Why What Fish Omega 3’s – consumption associated with better cardiovascular disease outcomes; helps to lower LDL and increase HDL. Oily fish are the highest sources – salmon, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna Other varieties are … Read More

Recipes

Check out our collation of recipes below! We aim to post healthy, affordable and high fibre recipes for your use, with a few treats chucked in here and there. You can never have too many recipes up your sleeve!

Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

By Leanne Curgenven | September 27, 2019

Ingredients 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1 long red chilli with seeds, minced 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying 2 large shallots, thinly sliced (use spring onion if you can’t … Read More

Beef and Lentil Burgers

By Leanne Curgenven | September 4, 2019

From the ‘Heart Foundation Cookbook – Full of Beans’ available for download from https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/resources/full-o-beans-cookbook/ Ingredients 250 lean beef mince 400g canned lentils, drained and rinsed 2 tbsp tomato sauce 1 egg 1/3 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 1 cup dried breadcrumbs 1 carrot, grated Pinch ground black pepper   Method Combine all ingredients Knead mixture until well … Read More

30 minute Chicken Pie

By Lydia Marshall | July 18, 2019

30 minute Chicken Pie Serves 6   Ingredients 3-4 large chicken breast (about 700g) Knob of butter A lug of oil 2 spring onions 150g mushrooms 1 heaped tbsp plain flour 2 tsp English mustard (optional) 2 heaped tbsp lite cream cheese 300ml chicken stock 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 3 pinches of dried thyme ½ tsp nutmeg Puff pastry … Read More

Berry Bircher Muesli

By Lydia Marshall | July 4, 2019

Perfect for those get-out-of-bed and go sort of people. Prepare this muesli the night before (5 minutes!) and you’ll wake up to a fast, healthy, convenient breakfast. This recipe is super versatile – swap for different seeds, nuts and fruit as desired. This breakfast is not only delicious, but is a nutritious choice. It has high-fibre oats to fill you … Read More

Gluten Free Spaghetti Bolognese

By Lydia Marshall | June 10, 2019

This week is ‘Coeliac Awareness Week’ – June 10-16th 2019. If you haven’t checked it out already, see our blog on what coeliac disease is, and how to eat gluten free HERE. Spaghetti Bolognese is a family classic, and this dish can easily be turned into a gluten free dish for one or all. You can either cook this dish … Read More

Low FODMAP Garlic-Infused Oil

By Lydia Marshall | May 23, 2019

Does garlic trigger your IBS or give you unpleasant symptoms? Garlic offers our dishes so much flavour, but for some people it is just not worth suffering the aftermath. Luckily, ‘Garlic-Infused Oil’ is perfectly safe for those with garlic intolerance to use, even when on the FODMAP-elimination phase of your IBS journey! Give this easy recipe a go, how to store … Read More

Black Bean and Berry Brownie by Nadia Lim

By Lydia Marshall | May 21, 2019

This recipe gets some serious brownie points… it fulfills your chocolate cravings, it’s a little gooey as any good brownie should be, and completely changed my perception of healthy baking (as it will do to you!). Using black beans in the recipe added in extra fibre, which helps fill you up further and feed that gut bacteria as a prebiotic. … Read More

Madras Meatballs with Fresh Herb Yoghurt Dip

By Lydia Marshall | May 13, 2019

These Madras Meatballs, both the recipe and photo taken from the fantastic recipes.co.nz site (you can find the link here) can be served as your protein in a lunch/dinner meal, as an entrée for entertainment, or as a snack for when you need a boost! Super fast and easy, and certain to be a crowd pleaser. Enjoy! Serves: 8 people … Read More

Beef and Beetroot Burgers

By Lydia Marshall | May 8, 2019

Adding vegetables in at dinner can be easy with some meals, yet definitely harder with others. Once you’ve got the kumara chips on the side, the fat beef patty and those gorgeous sesame buns to make your burger, there is never enough space for the ‘appropriate’ amount of vegetables. Or is this just me? Well, what if I could tell … Read More

Recipe – Mini Frittatas

By Village Health Dietitian | April 23, 2017

These frittatas are easy and light. Use whatever meat and veggies you have on hand to make them yours! Spray oil 8 large eggs ⅓ cup trim milk ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 120 grams canned fish (salmon, tuna) 1 cup freshly grated cheese, try light cream cheese or ricotta to lower saturated fat content ¼ … Read More