Our Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP) team is made up of Cornell Health nutritionists, medical providers, behavioral health providers, and counselors who work together to help students make healthy choices about what they eat, and provide integrated support for students with eating disorders or eating concerns.
CHEP provides general nutrition counseling for students seeking information and guidance about their dietary needs and practices, and students who need (or want) to adhere to a special diet.
CHEP nutritionists can support students in their efforts to:
- Evaluate and understand their dietary and nutritional needs
- Develop nutritional strategies to support health and fitness goals
- Better understand the connection between fueling, metabolism, and physical and mental health
- Navigate barriers to healthy eating such as managing time, stress and anxiety, complicated food environments (dining halls, learning to cook for oneself), and competitive and recreational sport training and competition
- Eat well while following a special diet (related to a medical condition, or to a personal choice such as vegetarianism, etc.)
- Cultivate a positive body image
Appointments: You may meet with a nutritionist for a one-time consultation, or you may benefit from ongoing nutrition counseling. An initial appointment is usually 30 minutes, with follow-up appointments scheduled as needed. Visit our Appointments page to learn how to schedule an appointment.
Support for disordered eating concerns
If you are struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder – or if your feelings and behaviors related to body image and eating begin to impede your ability to participate in and enjoy life [see our Body Image & Disordered Eating page] – it’s important to seek help. Even occasional binging, purging, restricted eating, excessive exercise, or body obsession can negatively impact your health and your ability to study and learn.
Our CHEP team members can help evaluate your current health and habits, and – when appropriate – provide medical care, counseling, and ongoing support to help you optimize your health and well-being.
CHEP can also connect you with support groups, and if needed, provide specialized referrals for treatment outside the scope of Cornell Health services.
Appointments: Visit our Appointments page to learn how to schedule an appointment. If you schedule an appointment online, select “Nutrition” as the appointment type, and then “Concerns that I have about an eating disorder” (even if you feel your problem is mild).
If you’re concerned about someone else: You can speak with a member of the CHEP team to consult about a student, and brainstorm about how to refer someone to treatment. Call us during business hours at 607-255-5155 and ask to speak with a CHEP provider. Learn more about disordered eating, and about how to help a friend.
Our philosophy of care
CHEP’s model of care is informed by principles originally outlined by the Health at Every Size philosophy that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting healthy habits for the sake of health and well-being. These principles include:
Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes
Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite
Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital