Healthy Eating and Nutrition
"Nutrition is a science, not an opinion."Sally Hara, MS, RDN, CSSD
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.
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 get a lot of nutrition advice from different sources. How do I know it is credible?
- Do I need to consult a RDN?
Would you like to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist On-Campus?
University Student Health Nutrition Services: The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at Student Health can help you take nutrition information and personalize it to your lifestyle in a way that makes sense to you. To make an appointment with the RDN, please call Student Health at (804) 828-8828.
VCU Dine: The Registered Dietitian for VCU Dine is located in Shafer Court Dining Center. The RDN can help you with one-on-one consultations, tour the dining facilities, and assist with allergies and special dietary needs. To contact the RDN, please call (804) 828-1883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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