Nutrition Counseling and Education

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Nutrition Counseling and Education

Nutrition counseling is available to ALL UNH students

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.

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