We offer Free Nutrition Counseling Services where students meet with a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Please note that Nutrition Counseling is currently available via tele-health for the spring semester but normally conducted in the Hilda May Williams Building.
Common appointment topics include but are not limited to:
- Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
- Vegetarian or Vegan Nutrition
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Dietary Intolerances and Food Allergies
- Nutrition for Physical Activity
- High Cholesterol
- Other Nutrition Related Concerns
What is a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) has met current minimum (Bachelor’s) academic requirements, completed supervised practice experiences through programs accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and has passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Services & Appointment Information
Prior to initial appointment:
- In preparation of the appointment, it is helpful if the student records 1 day of their typical food and fluid intake by filling out the the intake form.
- Please use this portion size guide for assistance in estimating portion sizes consumed.
- Please upload your 1-day food record and intake form in advance of your appointment to myhealth.uconn.edu/Document
- By filling out and submitting these forms prior to the appointment, time will be saved during the appointment and be better spent on helping the student achieve their goals. Depending on when the food record is submitted a detailed report of the analysis of the food record will be explained in the initial or follow-up appointment.
- Each initial appointment is 45-60 minutes long. During this appointment, both the dietitian and student will go over an assessment of the student’s nutritional status, medical history, past dietary practices, physical activity history, among other items. The dietitian will provide recommendations and resources to help the student implement change to improve their well-being and meet their health goals through optimal dietary practices.
After the initial appointment:
- Follow-up appointments are commonly scheduled. Follow-up appointments are 20-30 minutes long, but some appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes.
- What are some energizing late night snack options? Opt for something with protein and/or fiber to help increase satiety and provide nutrients such as high fiber cereal with milk, cheeses, Greek yogurt, fruits, nuts, whole wheat bread with peanut butter or turkey slices.
- Why does the body want to eat after drinking alcohol? Dehydration, decreased blood sugar levels, and the liver working to remove alcohol inhibits energy for the rest of the body. You should eat and and drink water before and after consuming alcohol.
- What's a helpful snack to have after working out? A snack provides carbohydrates and protein such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, trail mix, eggs, etc. We recommend to eat right after your workout.
- What's a nutritious breakfast for on-the-go? It's important to eat a little something within 2 hours of waking up. Here are some good options: oatmeal topped with fruit, yogurt with granola, peanut butter on an English muffin.