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Department of Health

The Ho-Chunk Nation | Wisconsin

Nutrition Program

The Ho-Chunk Nation (HCN) Nutrition Program is dedicated to serving HCN Tribal members, employees and their families by providing nutrition education at community events, diabetes classes, health fairs, and conferences and offering one-on-one Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for a variety of medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Jessica Jennings, RDN, CD, CDE, CLC
Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist


Growing up eating farm fresh eggs and veggies from my family’s garden taught me that healthy food can taste great. I enjoy sharing this passion for good nutrition by helping others to achieve successful diabetes self-management, healthy pregnancies, and weight management.
House of Wellness
S2845 White Eagle Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913
(888) 685-4422 Ext. 5511
(608) 355-1240 Ext. 5511
FAX (608) 356-7152
Jessica.Jennings@ho-chunk.com

Kathy Braaten, RDN, CD, CDE, CLS
Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist


I have enjoyed my work with the Nation over the last 15 years. In addition to work, my husband and I stay busy with our 6 year old twin boys! I enjoy gardening, reading, Pinterest, walking, and being with my family.
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center
N6520 Lumber Jack Guy Rd.
Black River Falls, WI 54615
(888) 685-4422 Ext. 5335
(715) 284-9851 Ext. 5335
FAX (715) 284-5620
Kathy.Braaten@ho-chunk.com

Heather Jerzak, RDN, CD, CLC
Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist


As a fishing and hunting enthusiast, I enjoy processing one’s own food and creating healthy recipes using local foods. I am grateful to be able to share these similar interests with others through my work at the Nation.
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center
N6520 Lumber Jack Guy Rd
Black River Falls, WI 54615
(888) 685-4422 Ext. 5340
(715) 284-9851 Ext. 5340
FAX (715) 284-4574
Heather.Jerzak@ho-chunk.com

Kyla Ripp
Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist


Growing up on a small farm I developed a love for utilizing foods from local, friendly faces. I enjoy teaching others about fresh and local foods, as well as helping others to learn positive lifestyle changes in order to live a healthy and happy life.
House of Wellness
S2845 White Eagle Rd
Baraboo, WI 53913
(888) 685-4422 Ext. 5554
(608) 355-1240 Ext. 5554
FAX (608)356-7152
Kyla.Ripp@ho-chunk.com