Cornell Health's nutritionists provide 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.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can support you in your efforts to:
- Evaluate and understand your dietary and nutritional needs
- Develop nutritional strategies to your support health, fitness, or athletic 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
Nutrition appointments: Visit our Appointments page to learn how to schedule an appointment.
General information about healthful eating: Please visit our Nutrition page.
Cornell Health nutritionists offer free online workshops throughout the semester. Workshops are offered by Zoom, and are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Register using the links below (registration remains open until workshop begins).
*An Introduction to Intuitive Eating*
Facilitated by Cornell Health Nutritionists Krista Mugford, MS, RDN, CDN and Lauren Nickerson, MS, RDN, CDN
This workshop will introduce you to what Intuitive Eating is, what it is not, who it's for, and how you can start incorporating some or all of its principles in to your day.
Register for an "Introduction to Intuitive Eating" workshop:
*Creating Your Nutrition Foundation: What's the Best "Diet" for You?*
Facilitated by Cornell Health Nutritionists Kayla Slater, MS, RDN, CDN and Cindy Milner, MSEd, RDN, CDN
Join us to learn about building a nutrition foundation that supports your unique needs! We'll explore the term "diet" and share lots of practical meal and snack ideas for busy students.
Register for a "Creating Your Nutrition Foundation" workshop:
Support for disordered eating concerns
Our Collaborative Health and Eating Program (CHEP)* team is comprised of Cornell Health nutritionists, medical providers, behavioral health providers, and counselors who work together to provide integrated support for students with eating disorders or eating concerns. Learn more by viewing our CHEP Fact Sheet.
If you're 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.
- You can schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider at Cornell Health to discuss any concerns related to your nutrition, eating, or body image. When necessary, your provider can link to with related information and support.
- You can also connect directly with our CHEP team members to 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.
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.
*formerly called "Cornell Healthy Eating Program"
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