As a busy college student, you want to eat well. With nutritious on-campus meals, cooking workshops and more, we’re here to help you feel your best.
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.
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 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 the Food Support page for more information and to place an order. For more support, you may also be eligible for SNAP food benefits; contact Health Promotion for assistance.
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 typically refer to “best quality” of the food by the manufacturer, and not necessarily the safety of the product (with the exception of baby food). Food may be safe to eat well past the dates on the packaging.
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.
If you’re scheduling an appointment, please fill out the Nutrition Pre-Assessment form and bring the form to your first appointment. If you feel uncomfortable completing the forms or do not complete them for any reason, please keep your scheduled appointment.
Contact Health Promotion to schedule an appointment with the dietitian. Please call (716) 645-2837 ext. 8 to schedule your appointment.
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.
At UB, you can discover new foods, take a nutrition class, learn how to cook and join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.