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Nutrition

Nutrition at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Regularly eating the right amount and kinds of foods is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Whether you are seeking personalized nutrition coaching, tips on healthy eating, or seeking to gain or enhance cooking skills, the Rec has something for you.   

Nutrition Minute | Nutrition for Peak Performance
Personalized Nutrition Coaching | Vandy Cooks

Nutrition Minute

Nutrition Minute is held once a week at The Rec in the main entrance and offers quick tips and free samples of nutritious food to help support healthy eating habits. Open to all!

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, June 11
12 - 1 p.m.
Fruit and Herb Infused Water Hydration Station
Kick off the summer feeling hydrated and energized with this fruit and herb water. This refreshing drink can be made with a variety of fresh fruits and will encourage you to drink more water.

Nutrition for Peak Performance

Wondering what to eat before a competition that lasts all day? Do you want to know how to recover faster after a tough workout? Schedule a presentation for your club sports team with a registered dietitian to learn about fueling cutting edge athletic performance through nutrition.

The Rec provides team presentations based on your group’s needs, interests, and schedule. We can tailor messages to what your group is most interested in. Topics can highlight the following:

  • Pre and post workout foods
  • Healthier snack ideas
  • Eating on the road
  • Supplement use
  • Maximizing calories on a campus meal plan

Please contact Marilyn Holmes to schedule a team presentation. 

 Personalized Nutrition Coaching

The personalized nutrition coaching program provides the Rec students, faculty, and community members the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a nutrition expert. Sessions include an initial assessment, diet analysis using professional software, individualized nutrition education, and goal setting.


Cost:

First-hour session $90
Follow-up sessions (limit two 30 minute sessions) $45 each session

Who conducts the counseling sessions?

Marilyn Holmes, a registered dietitian at the Rec, facilitates counseling sessions along with Vanderbilt dietetic interns who have been trained in nutrition coaching.

Topics available for discussion:

  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Sports nutrition
  • Maintaining energy
  • Meal planning
  • Dining out
  • Healthy eating on campus
  • Vegetarian/vegan diet
  • Eating smart
  • Healthy cooking

What to expect:

Nutrition coaching participants can expect to meet with a coach for a minimum of two sessions and a maximum of three sessions per topic. The initial appointment is one hour and following appointments are 30 minutes.

The nutrition coach will help you complete a personalized road map to healthy living by empowering you to make lifestyle changes that interest YOU.

 


For more information, email Marilyn Holmes.

Vandy Cooks

Vandy Cooks healthy cooking demonstrations are offered in The Rec’s teaching kitchen and provided by the Rec and Health Plus. Demonstrations are free, open to all and led by Vanderbilt's celebrated chefs, registered dietitians, and expert guests. Tasty samples and recipes with nutrition analysis are provided at each session. 

Upcoming Events:

Vandy Cooks – Eating Right for a Good Night’s Sleep
The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus present:
Vandy Cooks with Karman Meyer, Registered Dietitian and Author
Friday, June 7, Noon - 1 p.m.

Join Karman Meyer, Registered Dietitian and author of the newly published book Eat To Sleep, as she discusses how the food we eat can impact our sleep and shares two simple recipes featuring sleep-benefiting foods you should be eating regularly. Whether you have the occasional night of insomnia or if you’ve suffered from restless sleep for years, Eat To Sleep  will provide you with natural sleep solutions, what to eat, and when to eat it for a good night’s sleep. This Vandy Cooks will be held Friday, June 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center’s teaching kitchen. A book signing will follow the demonstration and books will be available for purchase on-site or can be purchased in advance online at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Karman is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist based in Nashville. She is Director of Communications for the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. Teaching people easy ways to implement healthy changes into their lifestyle is her passion! Karman is an experienced recipe developer, nutrition writer, public speaker, and has worked in the food industry for over 10 years.

Enjoying Beef in the Mediterranean Diet with Karman Meyer
The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus present:
Vandy Cooks with Karman Meyer, Registered Dietitian
Friday, July 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
 
Come celebrate July Beef Month and learn how lean red meat fits into one of the best balanced eating patterns, the Mediterranean Diet. Karman Meyer, Registered Dietitian with the Tennessee Beef Council, will prepare a Greek Balance Bowl featuring top sirloin steak, quinoa and other traditional ingredients and flavors of the Mediterranean region.  
Karman is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist based in Nashville. She is Director of Communications for the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. Teaching people easy ways to implement healthy changes into their lifestyle is her passion! Karman is an experienced recipe developer, nutrition writer, public speaker, and has worked in the food industry for over 10 years. 
Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by a partnership with the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus to support healthy eating through cooking presentations featuring the many aspects of food preparation.

 

For more information, contact Marilyn Holmes: marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu (615) 343-2638