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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!


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.


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:

The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center presents:

Sushi Creations with Chef Aaron Smith and Courtyard Café’s Mein Bowl

Wednesday, October 16

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Teaching Kitchen

The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center invites you to join Chef Aaron Smith and Vanderbilt Medical Center Courtyard Café’s Mein Bowl staff as they create sushi rolls using healthy and fresh ingredients. Enjoy learning how to make sushi as this culinary team shares tips for preparation, along with health benefits of these delicious rolls. This free healthy cooking class will be offered Wednesday, October 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center’s Teaching Kitchen. Those attending this presentation will receive samples of foods prepared along with recipes complete with nutrition analysis.


Smith is currently the executive chef for the Sodexo team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which he joined in 2017. He previously worked as an executive chef at the University of Southern Maine and at the Old Port Sea Grill and Raw Bar in Portland, Maine. Mein Bowl offers an Asian concept food service station in the Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Courtyard Café. Stir-fry, fried rice and sushi made from healthy, fresh, made-to-order foods are menu items. Mein Bowl boosts use of flavorful spices, fresh vegetables, rice, noodles, and proteins in food preparation.


The Vandy Cooks demonstrations are offered monthly in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center’s Teaching Kitchen to celebrate healthy eating at Vanderbilt. Vandy Cooks is open to the Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and the community.

The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center serving Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and community 


For more information, contact Marilyn Holmes: (615) 343-2638