Department Update

Here at UHH, our clinical nutrition department has seen some changes! Take a minute to get familiar with our dietitians.

Laura Isaacson MS, RD, FAND, CD

Laura has been the director of Clinical Nutrition Services here at UHH since 2013. She has 17 years of experience, with previous experience in Neurosciences ICU at UW Health and NICU at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Laura is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is President-Elect for the WI Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  When she’s not busy managing the department, providing nutrition care to residents at Bloomfield Nursing and Rehab, and seeing inpatients, Laura can be found riding her horses, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their two boys.

Sara Suardini MS, RD, CD

Sara has been a part of the UHH nutrition team since 2015. Sara has 7 years of experience, and has previously worked with the Bariatric Surgery Clinic in Denver, CO. Sara primarily works with the residents living at Bloomfield Nursing and Rehab. Sara has 4 children ages 5 and under(!), and we are fortunate to keep her on board after the birth of twin baby girls in January.



Nola Endres MS, RD, CNSC, CD

Nola joined our team in September of 2016, and we are truly lucky to have her! Nola is an expert in cardiothoracic surgery and heart failure, where she worked with UW Health for 30  years. She is additionally certified as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. Nola takes care of our residents at the Nursing and Rehab Center, sees outpatients, and counsels our Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program participants. When not at UHH, Nola can be found crafting wool mittens and cheering on her 4 children.

Valerie Koschnick, Registration Eligible

Val started at UHH as a dietetic intern, and completed her internship early August. During her internship, she was recognized as the Dietetic Intern of the year, by the WI Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Val graduated from UW-Madison in 2014, and worked at UW Hospital for two years as a diet technician. Val will be providing nutrition education via community classes and care to our inpatients here at UHH as well as at Lafayette Co Memorial Hospital and residents at Lafayette Manor in Darlington. Val is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, and teaches adult & kids yoga classes at High Barre in Mineral Point.

Jaclyn Wilkinson RD, CDE, CD

Jackie will be our newest addition to the nutrition team, starting early October of this year. Until then, she will be busy loving the newest addition to her family, a baby boy born in July.

Jackie comes to UHH from Watertown Regional Medical Center, where she worked for 4 years as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Jackie plans to develop our diabetes education program, to better serve our community. We couldn’t be more excited to have her expertise on board!




Start the School Year off Right with Breakfast

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Studies show that kids who eat breakfast in the morning are more alert during the school day, have improved behavior, and perform better in the classroom. Unfortunately, many kids don’t eat breakfast before going to school, which means they be missing out on important nutrients. Breakfast is an important meal for your kids, so make sure they start the day off right!

Here are a few ideas to get your morning off on the right track:

  • Ask your kids what they’d like to eat. You don’t need to serve traditional breakfast foods in order to reap the benefits. If your kids have input into what is served, they will be more likely to eat it.
  • Get organized the night before. Set the table and put out a few boxes of cereal before you go to bed. This will make the morning run much more smoothly.
  • Skip late night snacking. Many kids aren’t hungry in the morning because they snack at night. Tell your kids that the kitchen is closed after dinner, and they will be much more likely to want to eat breakfast.
  • Start small. If your kids aren’t used to eating breakfast, it may take a while to develop this habit. Start with a small serving of yogurt of a piece of toast with peanut butter to make eating breakfast easier.
  • Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier. Many people skip breakfast because they simply don’t have time.
  • Keep breakfast simple. You don’t need to prepare a full meal with pancakes, eggs, and waffles. A bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and a piece of fruit will provide you kids with enough energy to start the day. Other good options are string cheese, berries, yogurt, mini bagels, and English muffins.
  • Dress and shower first, eat second. Give your kids the opportunity to fully wake up to start to feel hungry before starting to eat.
  • Pack your breakfast to go. Send you kids to school with a banana, granola bar, and a carton of milk. You can also check to see breakfast is an option at your child’s school.
  • Be a positive role model. Be sure to eat breakfast with your kids. Breakfast has important benefits for adults too, including weight management.

Help your kids to start the school year off on the right foot by including a nutritious breakfast in your daily routine.