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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:

Squash Your Winter Blues
Wednesday, November 28
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Fall and winter can be hard times to eat seasonal, fresh vegetables. For this Nutrition Minute, we'll show you how to utilize one of the more inexpensive, funky squashes that Tennessee has to offer!


Healthy Holiday Sides
Tuesday, December 4
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The holidays are full of love, family, warmth, and calories! Join us to learn how to incorporate some nutritious yet delicious sides to mix into your holiday meals.


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

Healthy Holiday Desserts
Friday, December 7, 2018
Noon – 1 PM
Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Teaching Kitchen


Join us as Dilts and Ms. Smith team up to share their many years of culinary expertise.  The featured recipe is Mocha Pie with Coffee Whipped Cream. You will be greeted upon arrival to this event with a cup of warm Gingerbread Steamer and a delightful festive hummus dip with pita chips.

Dilts graduated with honors from The Art Institute. Dilts’ many accomplishments include:

  • Represented Vanderbilt at the 2013 American Culinary Federation’s National Collegiate Dining Challenge where he received the bronze medal.   The receipt of the Bronze Medal is a testimony to his leadership in the food industry in terms of creativity, health and nutrition, focus on local foods, market trends, technology and 
  • Worked in college dining for ten years.

Lead Baker Jennifer Smith has a vast knowledge of the many aspects of the dessert specialty area, as well as planning and oversight. If you have indulged in one of Campus Dining’s decadent desserts, you are well acquainted with her leadership and contributions.      

This free cooking demonstration will be held Friday, December 7th from Noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. Attendees will receive samples of foods prepared and their recipes.

Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by a partnership with the Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center and Health Plus to support healthy eating through cooking presentations featuring the many aspects of food preparation.


For more information about this program, please contact:

Marilyn Holmes, Associate Director & Registered Dietitian
Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center
(615) 343-2638