What does a dietitian do anyway?!

 Network of Nutrition

Written by Sara Patterson, MS, RD, LDN

Ever had a question about what to eat when dining on campus? You’re in luck because Sodexo has a network of dietitians who can help answer that very question! Health and wellness are a large component of Sodexo’s 14 Commitments to a Better Tomorrow. Sodexo and its employees strive to make the world a better place by providing fresh, tasty and nutritious fare for our customers.

To help educate our nation’s future about making healthy choices, Sodexo employs dietitians throughout college campuses. Dietitians offer a plethora of services to the students, faculty and staff with whom they work. They provide one-on-one nutrition counseling on topics including weight loss, food allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, Crohn’s disease, digestive issues, eating disorders, pregnancy, anemia and many others.  If requested, dietitians will work with dining staff to create individualized meal plans for students with complex diets and food allergies. Internally, dietitians train management and frontline staff on allergen friendly dining, gluten intolerance, and national Sodexo Health & Wellness programs including Mindful, MyZone, Simple Servings and MyFitnessPal.

As part of campus outreach, dietitians provide services such as guest lecturing, interactive nutrition tables, representation at wellness fairs, cooking classes and residence hall presentations. The list is really limitless! As one example, dietitians came together for an event at Colby-Sawyer College in conjunction with the Baird Health Center and dining services to put on its second annual health fair. The event included a table with information on how to build a balanced plate, sugar in beverages and sodium in certain foods. Students volunteered to have their plate “rated” which gave them the opportunity to discuss the foods they had chosen. The dietitians offered simple ideas on how to make the students’ plates more balanced. People often know what the healthy choice is, but may need a friendly reminder or tip on how to go about it. The day ended with a question and answer session which several nutrition classes attended with their professors. It was a great opportunity for the campus community to come together with dining services and dietitians to discuss health and wellness.

We are constantly reminded about the obesity epidemic in this country and the health issues that accompany it. It may feel like an uphill battle and people sometimes wonder where to start. Good nutrition begins with knowledge. Our network of dietitians reaches thousands of people across the region and plays a part in the solution. Sodexo shows its commitment to a Better Tomorrow by providing access to nutrition experts who are readily available for students, faculty and staff.

What are you waiting for? Contact your district’s dietitian today!

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