Student Health offers one-on-one nutrition counseling to students who are trying to improve their diet. Consultations are provided by our Registered Dietitian. These services focus on dietary assessment and self-guided goal setting. The dietitian will not ask you to make changes you do not seek yourself, but rather help organize your goals into small, measurable, attainable objectives.
What is Nutrition?
Nutrition is the science of foods and the nutrients and other substances they contain. Food selection plays a significant role in health in major ways. Several times every day, we make food choices that influence our body’s health for better or worse. Each choice may benefit or harm our health only a little, but when these choices are repeated over years and decades, the rewards or consequences become major. This is why making small changes to your eating habits now is so vitally important!
Who is a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has:
- Completed a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university (some Registered Dietitians also have post-graduate degrees)
- Completed an accredited supervised practice program
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
Because of the education required to become a Registered Dietitian, RDs are health professionals who are best equipped to help you meet your food and nutrition goals.
Reasons to Visit a Registered Dietitian
The Registered Dietitian can give you support in:
- Healthful eating on campus
- Weight management
- Medical concerns (diabetes, food allergies, and heart health)
- Making improvements to current eating habits
- Grocery shopping and food planning
- Vegetarian nutrition
- Cooking skills
- Emotional issues with food
- Healthy eating on a budget
- Fitness nutrition
- General diet analysis
How to Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, call 541-737-9355. Appointments are available at Student Health and at SHS @ Dixon. Be sure to ask where your appointment will be held when you call to schedule it.
Appointments are confidential and last approximately 40 minutes. There is no additional charge for consultations, and appointments are unlimited, in order to best assist you with your desired change. (NOTE: A $15 fee will be assessed to your account if you fail to show up to scheduled appointment.)
Preparing for Your First Appointment
Complete the two-day food journal (fillable PDF). Follow instructions on the form and return it three days prior to your appointment. (NOTE: You will get the most out of your appointment if the food journal is returned prior to your scheduled time. If you are unable to return the food journal ahead of time, please bring it with you to your appointment.)
Begin to think about your normal diet and consider strengths and weaknesses along with specific goals you would like to discuss with the dietitian.
At your first appointment the dietitian will:
- Share the results of your dietary analysis
- Ask you for direction regarding normal dietary habits
- Challenge you to think about how your behaviors fit into achieving your goals
- Discuss your barriers to healthier eating
- Guide you in developing an individualized action plan to help you achieve your nutrition goals
- Help you develop the tools to make wise food choices in all types of settings
The dietitian will NOT:
- Act as the “food police”
- Give you a generic meal plan (life throws you curve balls such as birthday parties or holidays that make it challenging to stick to a set meal plan)
- Set your goals for you