Nutrition Counseling and Education

Nutrition Counseling and Education

Nutrition counseling is available at no-cost for UNH students who have paid their mandatory fees. 

About Nutrition Counseling at Health Services

Why should I make a nutrition counseling appointment?

  • You can learn how to apply nutrition to help manage a medical condition or to improve your overall quality of life.
  • Nutrition counseling can help you with a variety of nutrition-related concerns.

Some medical related questions students may ask the Nutrition Counselor:

  • I’ve been told I have anemia. Which foods contain iron?
  • My cholesterol is high. What can I do to improve it?
  • Diabetes runs in my family. What can I do to lower my risk?
  • My doctor tells me I have irritable bowel syndrome? How can I eat to relieve the symptoms?
  • How is it best to eat for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Some sports related questions students may ask the Nutrition Counselor:

  • How much fluid do I need to drink to stay hydrated?
  • How should I eat to build muscle?
  • How can I prevent losing weight during preseason?
  • What foods will increase my performance and endurance?

Some eating concerns related questions students may ask the Nutrition Counselor are:

  • I’m worried my eating behavior is unhealthy. I wonder if I have disordered eating?
  • I spend a lot of time thinking about eating, food, my weight and body image. How can I stop?
  • What can I do to eat without feeling guilty?
  • What can I do to prevent bingeing and purging?

Some general nutrition questions are:

  • How can I make better food choices in the dining halls?
  • I just became a vegetarian. Am I getting enough proteins, vitamins, and minerals?
  • How do I shop and cook with limited time and money?
  • Should I be taking multivitamin supplements?

Food Prodigy (Online Food Analysis)

Food Prodigy is an online food analysis program available to UNH students. Students keep a record of their food intakes on their personal computer for up to 7 days. Upon completion, students receive a summary report and the data is automatically emailed to the Health Services’ nutrition counselor for a more extensive analysis and reports. The Food Prodigy analyzes calories and most nutrients and contains a database of more than 18,000 foods. In order to use this service you have to make an appointment with the nutrition counselor.

Who provides nutrition counseling?

Maria Larkin is the nutrition counselor at Health Services and provides all nutrition counseling services. 

What should I expect during an appointment with the nutrition counselor?

  • The nutrition counselor provides one-on-one nutrition counseling, which is tailored to meet the student’s needs.
  • The nutrition counselor and the student collaborate to establish realistic nutrition goals.
  • Body measurements such as weight are typically left up to the student’s health care provider unless otherwise agreed upon by the student and the nutrition counselor.
  • Initial appointments last about one hour. Follow-up appointments are between 30 and 45 minutes.

Make an Appointment 

Nutrition counseling appointments are available during the academic year. 

  • Online 
  • Call (603) 862-3823
  • Visit Health Services room 249