Healthy Eating

Even as a busy college student, it’s possible to eat well. With nutritious on-campus meals, cooking workshops, and more—we’re here to help you feel your best.

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Tips for Eating Well

  • Plan ahead — bring food with you on the go to save money and stay healthy
  • Add fruits and vegetables — because it's delicious, nutritious, and can help you feel good!    
  • Reject diet culture — learn about intuitive eating and understand body diversity
  • Diversify your food choices — it's good for you, and the Earth

Eating Well During Quarantine

For most of us, our routines have been upended, including our eating habits. Here are some tips for adapting to this new normal while maintaining your energy and focus.

Access to Food Preparing Meals Eating Patterns

Shopping for Food

Shopping for food may be different right now, but there is no need to feel panicked or hoard food. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this helpful video with guidelines to follow when grocery shopping. If your transportation is limited, contact your local grocery store for information on curbside pickup and delivery options. Blue Table, UB’s food pantry service, is still fulfilling orders at this time. Visit their website for more information and to place an order. 

Preventing Food Waste

Check what you have on hand before making a shopping list. The acronym “FIFO” is helpful—the first food that you’ve brought into your home should be the first food you take out when you’re making your meals. Dates on food packages refer to “best quality” of the food by the manufacturer, and not the safety of the product (with the exception of baby food). Food is safe to eat well past the dates on the packaging. 

Meet With a Dietitian for Nutrition Counseling

Meet with UB’s registered dietitian to assess your current lifestyle and get individual nutrition counseling. We offer guidance on nutrition-related medical concerns, as well as provide support regarding eating on campus, body image, saving money on food and more. We promote a non-diet approach to eating that supports self-esteem and body acceptance. We seek to encourage eating well and enjoying an active lifestyle.

For a Nutrition Appointment

Step 1. Complete the Nutrition Pre-Assessment Forms (Recommended)

If you’re scheduling an appointment, please fill out the Nutrition Pre-Assessment forms and send to the dietitian prior to your appointment. You may also bring the form to your in-person appointment. If you feel uncomfortable completing the forms or do not complete them for any reason, please keep your scheduled appointment.

Step 2. Make an Appointment for Nutritional Counseling

Contact Health Promotion to schedule an appointment with the dietitian. Please call (716) 645-2837 ext. 8 to schedule your appointment.

Eating Disorders

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder — including anorexia or bulimia — we have an Eating Disorders Team that can offer the counseling, medical care and nutritional support you need.

> Get help with an eating disorder

Opportunities to Learn About Healthy Eating

At UB, you can discover new foods, take a nutrition class, learn how to cook and join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Upcoming Workshops

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Living on Campus?

Attend an upcoming workshop and event, and learn how to get the most out of the kitchen in your apartment or residence hall.

Need Help?

Health Promotion

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University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234