Nutrition & Healthy Living

Meet Your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

A photo of Gretchen, your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Gretchen Adams, RDN for the YMCA of Greater Dayton

Gretchen Adams RDN LD 
B.S. in Nutrition Science State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Dietetic Internship University of Delaware

Gretchen is passionate for enjoying all foods, and firmly believes eating healthy is eating foods you love. Before working at the Dayton YMCA, she spent three years in the clinical setting, providing medical nutrition therapy to patients at a regional hospital. Prior to her work in the hospital, she spent three years delivering nutrition education and cooking demonstrations to the local community through a regional foodbank. She is a past speaker at the New York State SNAP-Ed Nutrition Conference for her work done at a city farmer’s market. Gretchen has worked with a vast array of backgrounds and a wide range of nutrition needs. A conversation with Gretchen is your first step to not limiting but expanding your diet! A New York native, she spends most of her time outside cycling, hiking, or bird watching with her dog Marcy and fiancé Bret!

What an RDN can do for you

If you are looking for guidance on implementing healthier eating habits, working with our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) may be just what you need to reach your health and wellness goals. RDN’s are educated and trained to provide personalized nutrition plans that support your goals to manage conditions like weight, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

  • Assistance managing a chronic disease. Gain the nutrition knowledge to properly follow specific diets for heart disease, diabetes, or kidney disease for you or to help a loved one.
  • Guidance behind a balanced diet and lifestyle. Whether it is understanding food labels, skills to shop on a budget, how to maintain a healthy diet when dining out, resisting office space temptations, etc.
  • Food allergies or intolerances. Have you or a loved one recently tested positive for a food allergy? Are you finding it challenging managing a food intolerance? Our dietitian can devise a meal plan that lets you enjoy the foods you love while limiting or avoiding certain ingredients.
  • Optimizing sport performance. Assessing your specific needs whether training for a marathon or increasing your strength training our dietitian will set nutrition goals with you to work with your fitness goals. 
  • Weight maintenance. Whether you have been advised weight gain to support your health, or seek guidance on safely losing weight, while still eating all your favorite foods!
  • Custom meal plans. Starting off on a new diet journey? Looking to include more on-the-go meals into your week? Recently became vegetarian or vegan? Looking to organize your healthy food goals? Let our RDN work with you to create a specialized plan today!

Virtual Nutrition Packages

*Member Exclusive*
Imagine, your very own nutrition expert to support you along each step of your nutrition journey. The Y Registered Dietitian will become your resource to making your very own nutrition vision a reality. Click the register button below to get started!

Simply Healthy - $40
Highly individual consultation regarding your personal nutrition inquiry.

  • 1 Virtual Nutrition Consultation
  • Specific nutrition education regarding your focus area
  • Take away resources (optional)

Healthy 21 - $90
This program is for the individual who is looking to create a health foundation in 21 days.

  • 2 Virtual Nutrition Consultations
  • 1 Virtual Check-In
  • Nutrition intake form review
  • Specific nutrition education regarding your focus area.
  • Custom nutrition plan
  • Weekly goal setting plan
  • Goals into Action home worksheet
  • Take away resources

Healthy X - $125
This program is for the individual who is looking to make a lasting health transformation.

  • 3 Virtual Nutrition Consultations
  • 2 Virtual Check-Ins
  • Nutrition intake form review
  • Specific nutrition education regarding your focus area
  • Extended custom nutrition plan
  • Weekly goal setting plan
  • Goals into Action home worksheet
  • Take away resources

If interested in signing up for any of the plans above, click the registration button below!

Register Today

Classes / Lunch and Learns
Are you looking to add healthy initiatives into your company or organization? Let the YMCA of Greater Dayton bring nutrition services to you! Our nutrition classes are tailored to meet the needs of your employees or audience to benefit them best in the workplace and in their lives. 

For more information, contact Gretchen Adams, our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at or at 937-223-5201

Healthy Recipe Page

Looking for some healthy recipes? These dietitian-approved options will be sure to curb your cravings! 



Head over to our blog where you can read articles on nutrition, healthy living and more!


Featured Article

Our dietitian did an interview with Community Rec Magazine all about nutrition!


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