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Nutrition

The Student Health Service (SHS) encourages you to work towards cultivating a healthy relationship with food, nutrition and exercise.  On-site appointments with our nutritionist are available to all students who have paid the health fee, without a co-pay. Click the Make An Appointment button for scheduling information. 

Even as students working towards degrees in the health field, with busy schedules and a fast-paced New York City lifestyle, nutrition and exercise often become areas that students struggle with. Many students report that during graduate school they often use an unhealthy balance of food and/or exercise as a coping skill to deal with their stress.  Listed below are some important things to take into consideration.

Weight Management

Extreme and fad diets don’t work!  Drastically cutting calories or cutting out food groups only set you up for destructive behavior down the line. Fortunately, there are techniques that can help set the stage for success in maintaining a healthy weight and relationship with food.  Here are some below:

Determining Healthy Weight Goals

Proper Meal Planning:

To set yourself up for success it’s important to plan ahead.  Heading out for the day without a plan can lead to skipped meals, poor food choices and often overeating or bingeing later in the day.  Simply preplanning and cooking ahead of time can help one avoid these pitfalls and, as an added bonus, can also help with food budgeting.

Setting Realistic Nutrition Related Goals:

Rather than setting unrealistic, potentially overwhelming goals, why not try setting smaller, more feasible nutrition and exercise goals?  Come in and set up an appointment with the CUMC nutritionist to help set up realistic goals to help start your journey towards whatever your food and nutrition goals may be.

Eliminating Diet Mentality: 

Eliminating entire food groups, deprivation or deeming foods as “good” or “bad” does not work in the long run. Typically, not allowing yourself to have the foods you enjoy or demonizing certain foods often leads to overeating or bingeing on these foods later on.  Set up an appointment with CUMC nutritionist to help work on incorporating or legalizing foods that feel forbidden.

Helpful Resources/links

National Eating Disorders Association

Choose My Plate

10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

CSW Wellness Resources on Physical Activity and Nutrition