Eating and Nutrition
"Nutrition is a science, not an opinion."Sally Hara, MS, RDN, CSSD
Want to get involved in eating and nutrition programming on campus? This year, The Well has teamed up with RamPantry at VCU to mobilize students interested in addressing eating and nutrition issues on campus. Email RamPantry for more information. RamPantry Ambassadors provide eating and nutrition information to their fellow Rams to help them make the eating choices that are best for them!
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating. Making healthy choices when it comes to eating is an individual journey that depends on each person's lifestyle, medical history, and nutritional needs. What we choose to put in our bodies can have a significant impact on our performance and our overall health. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) can help you take nutrition information and personalize it to your lifestyle in a way that makes sense to you.
As students, it is often challenging to find the time or resources to eat healthy meals in an intentional way. Food is often consumed on-the-go, between classes, or during late-night study sessions. It can also be difficult to know which choices are the healthiest when it comes to food. The cheapest, fastest options aren't always the best for us and even foods labeled as "healthy" don't always give us all of the nutrients our bodies need. Students often have questions such as:
- How can I get the nutrition I need on a student budget?
- How can I make healthy food choices in the dining halls?
- How do I know I am eating the right amounts of each type of food?
- Where do I find information on vegetarian eating?
- I am not sure where my next meal is coming from. What resources do I have on-campus or off-campus?
- I want to help promote healthy eating at VCU. How can I get involved?
- I am a student athlete. Where can I find specific performance nutrition resources?
- I get a lot of nutrition advice from different sources. How do I know it is credible?
Check out information from our RDN on Proactive Eating, our FAQ's, and this awesome cookbook from Leanne Brown to learn more about eating and nutrition. If you have a question for us or would simply like to learn more about healthy eating, we can help. We provide individual consults with students on a variety of topics related to healthy eating, weight management, sports nutrition, vegetarianism, food allergies, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), gastrointestinal issues and more. To make an appointment with the RDN, please call Student Health at (804) 828-8828. We also provide programs on healthy eating or nutrition to student groups and classes upon request.
Check out the resources below for more information on healthy eating and nutrition:
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Eating on $5 a Day
- Fast Food Guide
- 50 Healthy Snack Ideas
- Grocery Shopping for healthy eating options at the supermarket
- How to Read a Nutrition Label
- The Eating Good and Cheap Cookbook