UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– Health Promotion and Wellness, a student affairs unit at Penn State, has announced that services offered through its nutrition clinic will be available free to all Penn State students starting November 1.
The Nutrition Clinic provides personal nutritional counseling to students seeking information on ways to improve their overall health, including weight management strategies for people with medical needs. Previously, the services offered by the Nutrition Clinic were offered to students for a small fee.
“Nutrition is important because if you get your body nourished well, it will help you perform well,” said Stacy Jones, Health and Wellness Promotion Coordinator and Clinical Dietitian. “Research has shown that there are links between nutrition and immune system function as well as memory and learning.”
Through one-on-one nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian, students can create a personalized plan to help them achieve their personal health and nutrition goals. Dietitians are sensitive to cultural food preferences and work with each student to incorporate country foods they enjoy into a balanced and healthy meal plan. Topics of particular interest include managing eating disorders, digestive issues and food allergies, and developing healthy vegetarian and vegan diets, among others.
In addition, the Weight Management Program, a specialized service offered by the Nutrition Clinic, helps students with prediabetes, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight / obesity, metabolic syndrome and other disorders to learn about healthy eating habits and decision making.
“We designed the Weight Management Program to provide students with the tools and resources they need to manage their weight, as well as information on how to make healthy food choices and physical activity throughout. their adult lives, ”said Maria Blesh, clinical dietitian.
Appointments for nutritional counseling and the weight management program are currently accepted. Students can book an appointment online through myUHS or by calling 814-863-0461.
In recent years, the Nutrition Clinic has seen its popularity increase with students. During the 2016-17 academic year, the clinic received over 1,000 appointments and helped many students achieve their health and nutrition goals. By offering free services, Health Promotion and Wellness hopes to extend their reach even further within the Penn State community.