Nutrition Services

Individual nutrition counseling and other nutrition services outlined below are offered by UHC registered dietitians. A written or electronic referral from your medical provider is required to make an appointment for individual nutrition counseling. For information on obtaining referrals, fees, or to make an appointment, please call the Health Promotion Department at 706-542-8690. Due to high demand for nutrition counseling, the Health Promotion Department books appointments up to three weeks in advance; if you are not able to schedule an appointment within that time frame, you will be offered the option to be placed on a waitlist for nutrition services as well as provided with a list of nutrition providers in the community.

If you have scheduled an appointment for individual nutrition counseling, please complete a 3-day Food Record and bring it with you to your appointment.


Individual Nutrition Counseling

Using a holistic approach to nutrition and health, registered dietitians at the University Health Center provide knowledge and practical skills according to each client’s individual needs and preferences to help them reach their health and wellness goals.

Common topics that can be addressed in nutrition counseling:

     
  • General health and wellness, including heart health, vegetarian and vegan diets, and fueling for physical activity and sports
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  • Eating disorders and disordered eating
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  • Medical nutrition therapy for diagnosed conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and PCOS
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  • Food allergies and intolerances
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  • GI health, such as IBS, IBD, and Celiac disease
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  • Weight or appetite concerns

 

Cost

Insurance is filed for counseling appointments as applicable.

The following out-of-pocket amounts would be the most you would be responsible for per visit:

Initial visit: $40 (fees paid), $120 (non fees paid)
30 minute follow-up visit: $20 (fees paid), $50 (non fees paid)
15 minute visit: $10 (fees paid), $25 (non fees paid)
Med Gem: $25 (fees paid), $50 (non fees paid) - Not available at this time due to COVID-19
Nutrition Kitchen Cooking Class: $5 (fees paid), $10 (non fees paid) *Cancellations not made within 24 hours will incur a no show fee for the price of the class.

 

Missed Appointments

If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 24 hours on the preceding business day to avoid a $30 missed-appointment charge.


Nutrition Basics

Students who are interested in learning more about nutrition for optimal wellness may register for a free Nutrition Basics class. In this course, we will discuss basic components of a nutritious diet, meal planning strategies, and common nutrition concerns for undergraduate and graduate students. These classes do not require a medical referral and all students are eligible to attend at no cost. Students will have an opportunity to chat and ask questions with one of our campus registered dietitian nutritionists. Students who attend Nutrition Basics will be paired with a trained wellness coach to develop a personalized wellness plan.

These classes are not intended as individual medical nutrition therapy. Students with medical concerns should obtain a referral from their medical provider to register for one on one nutrition counseling with our registered dietitian nutritionists.

Nutrition Basics is generally offered biweekly on Mondays from 3:30-5pm; please visit BeWellUGA or call Health Promotion for upcoming dates and to register. 706-542-8690.


Cooking Classes in the UHC Nutrition Kitchen

In the Nutrition Kitchen, a UHC Registered Dietitian teaches students how to choose budget-friendly, healthy food ingredients and prepare them into delicious, easy meals. Students get the opportunity to practice healthy cooking techniques, and afterwards enjoy the meal prepared in class. Class size is limited to 12 students and the cost is $5.00 per student ($10 for non fees paid). Please call 706-543-8690 to sign up, or go to www.uhs.uga.edu/nutrition/kitchen for more information.


For Anyone Who Needs Help With An Eating Disorder:

University Health Center provides a variety of services for students with eating and body image issues, including an evaluation, short-term individual therapy, nutritional counseling, medical evaluation, referral to community providers, and/or other services as appropriate. These services are provided by a multi-disciplinary eating disorders treatment team. There are fees for some services.

For information about individual therapy, please call 706-542-2273 or check the CAPS website.

A medical referral is required for nutrition counseling. For information on obtaining a referral for nutrition counseling, fees for services, or to make an appointment, please call the Health Promotion Department at 706-542-8690.


Peer Nutrition Educators

Peer Nutrition Educators are upper level nutrition and dietetics students who work with the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists In UHC Health Promotion and Dining Services to offer fun, interactive, and informative programs to any interested student group.

Popular topics include eating well in college, how to eat a nutritious diet on a budget, meal planning, eating in the dining hall, and more.

To request a program with the Peer Nutrition Educators, please submit the program request form or email pneadvisement@gmail.com.

The Peer Nutrition Educators are advised by Beth Kindamo of UHC Health Promotion and Katherine Ingerson of Dining Services.



Campus Nutrition Resources

UGA ASPIRE Clinic

UGA Dining Services

Visit dining.uga.edu to learn about nutrition services offered to students on the meal plan. You can contact the Dining Services dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, RD, LD at 706-542-7313 or by emailing ingerson@uga.edu.


Student Athletes

For UGA student athletes only:
Nutrition services are provided to athletes at the University of Georgia by a team of Registered Dietitians to include one-on-one counseling, dietary assessment, body composition assessment, team nutrition talks, and overall nutrition evaluation. For more information contact Maria Breen, MS, RD, CSSD, LD by email: Mbreen@sports.uga.edu.


Classes for Credit

For students of all majors:
FDNS 2100

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a course in general nutrition titled Human Nutrition and Food. The focus of the class is to understand the relationship of nutrition and food choices to achieve optimal health of the individual throughout his or her life cycle.

For more information please call 706-542-4847.

 

FDNS 5800 Peer Nutrition Educators

The Peer Nutrition Educator program counts as a practicum for both Dietetics and Culinary Science majors. Nutrition Science majors can use it for FDNS 5010 (Directed Research in Nutrition Science). Exercise Science or Public Health majors can also take the course as an elective. Students who are interested in participating in the program should complete the FDNS Dietetics Practicum Advisement Checklist below. Applications are typically due early Spring semester and the PNE class will be selected after interviews conducted in March and April. The course is taught annually in June & July; campus outreach and education hours are performed the following fall and spring semesters. Click here for more information on what the PNE program entails. 3 credit hours.

 

FYOS 1001

Uncomplicate Your Food: Intuitive Eating for Optimal Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing (CRN 51281). Fall 2021, Thursdays 3:55-5:10pm. 1 credit hour. This First Year Odyssey Seminar class is taught by Foods and Nutrition faculty and co-facilitated by University Health Center registered dietitian nutritionists.


Online Resources

Sites with nutrition information and great links:

University Health Center

American Heart Association

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

National Eating Disorders Association

NIH National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

USDA MyPlate