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URI Health Services — Health Education

Nutrition

Education

Improving students' relationship with food one bite at a time.

Food is essential for our bodies. There are foods that have health benefits and foods that we eat for fun. Unless we have a food allergy or the food is beyond its’ expiration date, there are no bad foods. We choose foods for many reasons. We may love the food, we may be hungry, or we feel there are health benefits in this food.

We need to honor our hunger and not experience guilt when we choose a food. Feeling guilty and bad about eating certain foods can cause us undue stress and often starts a cycle of overeating and restriction.

Counseling / Workshops

Workshops are available for your Residence Hall, Sorority, Team, or Student Group

Topics can include:

  • Eating well on campus
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Disordered Eating
  • Body Image
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Other topics are available by request.

Individual counseling sessions are available
Nutrition counseling can help us identify foods that we need and help us learn to experience the joy of eating.

To make an appointment, Call 401-874-5951 or click on “On-line appointments” and make it that way.

***Individual counseling sessions at no cost are available to all URI students who have paid their health fee.

Common Concerns:

  • Energy
    Students often report fatigue and a general lack of energy. Generally they are too busy to eat. Often they resort to energy drinks and other sources or caffeine and sugar. These may help for a little while, but often they experience a “crash”. Nutrition counseling often help you to feel more energetic by helping you plan on what to eat, when to eat, and how often.

  • General Nutrition Concerns
    Nutrition Counseling can help students who just want to eat well, improve fitness, navigate the dining halls, or need help with vegetarian and vegan diets.

    Other students may need help with buying and preparing foods. Students should not have to live on pasta with red sauce or ramen noodles.

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
    Nutrition counseling is available for students with gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel, Chron’s disease, gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) or cardiovascular risk factors such as elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and/or high triglycerides. Management of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypoglycemia is also included. Other conditions such as food allergies, celiac disease, lactose and gluten intolerance can be managed with nutrition counseling.

  • Weight Management
    Students may need help with unintended weight loss or weight gain. Using a non-diet approach, students can be helped using a variety of methods such as intuitive, and mindful eating.

  • Sports Performance
    Many athletes need help with fueling their bodies and hydration. Many need to increase muscle mass. Nutrition counseling can be helpful to achieve your right balance.

  • Disordered Eating / Eating Disorders
    Nutrition counseling is essential to help students who are experiencing problems with food and body image. For many this is a new experience. For some, it is a slide back to old behaviors. Some students are afraid to eat and others may eat too much. Working with a nutritionist can help get you back on track. It is important to get help as you continue on your journey.


Sue Ash, MS, RD, LDN
Call 874-5951 or sueash@uri.edu