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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!

Upcoming Events:


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:

Vandy Cooks – Community Supported Agriculture Boxes Bring Local Produce to You
The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus present:
Vandy Cooks with John Compton, M. Div.
Program Coordinator, Rooted Community Health, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Wednesday, September 25 from 12 – 1 p.m.
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local and seasonal food directly from a farmer. Those boxes come packed with a variety of vegetables. At this Vandy Cooks, John Compton will showcase the advantages of CSA boxes, as well as prepare tasty dishes using a variety of vegetables often included in boxes. Attendees will receive samples and recipes complete with nutrition analysis for the dishes created.
The Rooted Community Health (RCH) initiative in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society seeks to engage partners across the Vanderbilt campus and communities of Middle Tennessee. Through partnerships with the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, colleagues in nutritional services, and other sustainability and health professionals, RCH aims to enhance community engagement through programming around ecology, sustainability, and health care.
John Compton is the program coordinator for RCH. John earned his Master of Divinity with distinction from Vanderbilt Divinity School, focusing on the intersections of theology and ecology through the practices of sustainable agriculture. During his time at Vanderbilt, John has worked as a research assistant in biomedical ethics under Dr. Keith Meador, a teaching assistant in environmental biology, and a university chaplain intern.
Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by a partnership with the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus to support healthy eating in the Vanderbilt community.
The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center serving Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and community 


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