Nutrition Services

Health Promotion and Wellness proudly offers enrolled students a variety of nutrition services to help improve health and well-being including nutrition counseling, cooking demonstrations, nutrition workshops and more. Nutrition Services are provided by registered dietitians which means they have successfully completed academic and professional requirements as well as passed a board certified exam.

  • Nutrition counseling includes meeting one-on-one with a registered and licensed dietitian to discuss any concerns you may have with your current eating patterns and your relationship with food and/or your body.

    If you are interested in nutrition counseling, please schedule your Nutrition Screening Appointment by one of the following options:

    • Schedule your own appointment and complete necessary paperwork online through the new Patient Portal.  A reference guide is available for assistance. 
    • Call 470-578-6394. If nutrition screening is scheduled by phone, you will still need to visit the Patient Portal to complete required paperwork.

    Screening appointments last about 15 minutes and will assess your need for one-on-one nutrition counseling and/or participation in other nutrition services.

    Missed Appointments:

    To avoid a $25 no show fee, please cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. 

    Any student scheduling an appointment with the KSU Registered Dietitian will be required to sign a No-Show/Cancellation Fee Agreement Form. This form authorizes Health Promotion and Wellness to initiate a $25 charge per missed appointment. If unpaid, this fee may result in withholding of grades, transcripts, future registration and the forfeiture of continued participation in nutrition counseling for the remainder of the semester. This form is found in the Patient Portal.

    Canceled Appointments:

    No Show-$25 Fee Will NOT be Applied IF:

    Student provides at least 24-hour notice prior to their scheduled appointment time.

    If cancellation is requested by voicemail/email, the time the message is received is considered the time of cancellation. For example, if a student calls/emails Monday evening at 6:30PM to cancel a 9AM appointment on Wednesday, the student will have given 35 hours and 30 minutes notice of needing to cancel the appointment.

    No Show-$25 Fee WILL be Applied IF: 

    Student provides less than 24-hour notice to their scheduled appointment time.

    Student does not show for appointment.

    Student is more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled appointment.

    Late Appointments:  

    Student is less than 15 minutes late for an appointment; the session will last only until the end of the scheduled time (no fee applied).

    Student is more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled appointment; the appointment is considered a no show and a $25 fee is applied.

     Nutrition Counseling Forms:

  • Health Promotion and Wellness’ cooking demonstration kitchen allows students an opportunity to learn how to prepare easy, nutritious and budget-friendly meals on their own. Students will not only learn new recipes, but also basic culinary skills, healthy eating and food safety tips! 

    See the event calendar for upcoming cooking demonstration classes.

  • Dietitians Dish is a series of short videos created for KSU students to provide information on ways to build well-balanced meals, basic culinary skills, and food safety. 

    Well-Balanced Meals

    Food Safety Techniques

    Proper Oven Technique

    How to Saute

    Chopping Fruits & Vegetables

    Handling Raw Meat

  • Nutrition Workshops are designed to help you dive into a nutrition topic that you find interesting. You can expect engaging education and activities and time to ask a registered dietitian your questions.

    Healthy Eating for the College Student: Many college students want to eat healthy but are unsure of where to start. Health Promotion and Wellness' Healthy Eating for the College Student workshop is developed by a registered dietitian to help students learn about food's role in supporting overall health, understand the basics of building healthy meals and snacks, tune into their body’s hunger and fullness cues, and develop strategies for healthy eating while on the go and on a tight budget.

    Healthy Eating on a Budget: Have you felt overwhelmed in the grocery store or unsure of how to eat healthfully within your budget? Here, you’ll learn how to make the most of your dollar, creatively plan meals for the week, and compare prices in the grocery store.

    Sports Nutrition: No matter how you choose to move your body, fueling it well is important. Learn how adequate nutrition can influence your performance, how to make portable meals and snacks during a busy schedule, and build an athlete’s plate.

    Intuitive Eating: In this workshop, discover your body’s signals of hunger and fullness, learn how to choose foods that satisfy them, and explore what trusting your body means.

    Body Image: The goal of this workshop is to provide a framework that helps you understand and explore how you live in, experience, and feel about your body. Then, learn tools to help deconstruct and rebuild the body image you desire.

    See the event calendar for the schedule of upcoming classes.

    If you would like to request a guest presentation for your organization or class, please complete the Request a Program form. Once the request is received, a staff member will contact you within five business days. 

    Seasonal Eating in Georgia

    Healthiest Fruits to Slice Into

    How to Spot a Fad Diet

    Oh, Sugar! Rethink Your Drink

  • When is it beneficial to schedule a screening appointment with a dietitian?

    It may be beneficial to schedule a screening appointment with one of our dietitians if: 

    • You are unaware of body cues indicating hunger/satisfaction 
    • You feel that food dominates your life
    • You find yourself using exercise to compensate for your food consumption
    • You are tired of yo-yo dieting
    • You want to decipher between evidence-based nutrition information and misinformation
    • You feel your eating patterns influence your low/fluctuating energy levels
    • You do not have regular bowel movements and/or your bowel movements are difficult
    • You have been diagnosed with a nutrient deficiency (such as anemia)

    For more information about RD/RDNs:

    To schedule a screening appointment, please call 470-578-6394 or stop by Health Promotion and Wellness. Walk-in screening appointments may be available. If needed, future appointments will be scheduled.

    What is a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist?

    A registered dietitian (RD)/registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

    A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with course work in food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.

    Completion of an accredited, supervised, experiential practice programs at a healthcare facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.

    Passing the national examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

    Maintaining registration and licensure by completing on-going continuing professional education.

    Recently, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved the use of “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) by registered dietitians. The credential registered dietitian and registered dietitian nutritionist have identical meanings and legal trademark definitions. The Academy established this option to further enhance the RD brand and more accurately reflect to consumers what registered dietitians do.

    What services to RDs/RDNs provide?

    Many dietitians work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the medical team) in:

    • Hospitals
    • HMOs
    • Private practice
    • Long-term care facilities

    However, dietitians are not just limited to working in those fields. Dietitians can be employed in a wide variety of settings, including:

    • Academia and research
    • University or college Wellness or Health Center
    • Public health, such as WIC (Women, Infant and Children) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
    • Sports nutrition at all levels- collegiate, professional league, Olympics, etc.
    • Food Industry
    • Corporate Wellness
    • Journalism
    • Business
    • School nutrition
    • Community, such as a health club or gym
    • And more!

    What is the difference between a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist and a “nutritionist”?

    The terms “registered dietitian” (RD) and “registered dietitian nutritionist” are legally protected, just like a “registered nurse” (RN) or a “medical doctor” (MD). In order to use either title, an individual must complete specified academic and professional requirements and pass a board certified exam (see "What is a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist”). Unfortunately, some people abuse the term “nutritionist” and sell supplements or counsel people when they lack any specific education or training. Most states, including Georgia, require dietitians to be licensed if they provide nutrition counseling. When seeking nutrition services, always verify the provider is a registered dietitian (or registered dietitian nutritionist) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is licensed in the state they are practicing.

    I am a KSU student, and I am interested in a career in nutrition/dietetics. What steps should I take?

    Schedule an appointment with your campus dietitian to discuss the requirements to become a registered dietitian. Call 470-578-6394 to schedule your appointment today. 

    Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to learn more.