Nutrition

When you are managing a busy life of school, friends, family, fun, and other responsibilities, who has time to think about what you are going to eat every day?


Consistently eating nutrient-rich foods is beneficial, not just for your health, but also for your well-being. Eating a wide variety of nutritious foods helps increase your energy and stamina, and also helps decrease your health risk for chronic diseases. The following resources and links can help you get started on the road to nutritious eating!

Services at the University Health Services

For Students

  • Schedule an appointment with the UHS Registered Dietitian by stopping in or calling the Appointment Office at (510) 642-2000 or schedule an appointment online. More about nutrition services for students here.  
  • Health coaching helps you develop nutrition plans that work for your unique needs.  
  • Nutrition Services- nutrition therapy and education for all UC Berkeley students. 
  • For an online screening and self-guided healthy body image and eating program, check out the Health Body Image program
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Clinic - The clinic is an efficient way of providing medical treatment, with providers from different disciplines (the doctor, dietitian, and nurse) all present at one visit. 
  • UC Berkeley Food Pantry
  • Be Well Cal - Nutrition section.

For Faculty/Staff

  • Nutrition programs from Be Well at Work Wellness Program include Ask the Dietitian, Cook Well Berkeley for recipes, and Eat Well at Work for resources to help you make healthier choices at work.
  • See the current calendar of workshops, webinars, cooking classes, and healthy lifestyle programs offered each semester. Enrollment information can also be found on this page. 
  • Healthy Meetings and Events 
  • I CAN! Commitment to Activity and Nutrition
    For those that want to jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle, this free 4-week program will equip you with the skills you need to get started. I CAN is an interactive program that includes nutrition and fitness assessments, a hands-on cooking class and grocery tour, weekly group workouts with a certified personal trainer, and a pedometer to encourage you to work toward 10,000 steps a day. 
  • Healthier Habits at Work (pdf)
    A mini-poster to use as a daily reminder to be active and eat well. Print and post it in a visible spot. 

Blood Pressure

Cancer Prevention

  • American Cancer Society - Cancer information including cancer facts, prevention and detection, tobacco cessation guide, food and fitness information, and information on getting involved in the fight against cancer.
  • American Institute for Cancer Research - Scientific-based Information and recommendations for cancer prevention through diet and nutrition. 
  • National Cancer Institute - Downloadable publications and fact sheets about nutrition and cancer prevention, including high-fiber, low-fat recipes for your favorite foods.  

Cholesterol

  • American Heart Association - Learn how to lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Included on this website are dietary recommendations plus heart-healthy recipes. 

Diabetes

  • American Diabetes Association - This website provides information on nutrition guidelines for those with diabetes, as well as healthy recipes and tips for healthy restaurant eating.
  • Diabetes Digest provides up-to-date health information, recipe ideas, and a supply center featuring items and services to help you take better control of your health. 
  • Joslin Diabetes Center - Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Center focuses on the research, care, and education of diabetes prevention and management.
  • CDC Prediabetes Screening Test - Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle programs. Take the first step. Find out your risk for prediabetes. 

Osteoporosis

  • National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center - The NIH ORBD~NRC mission is to provide patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases, including osteoporosis, Paget's disease of the bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and hyperparathyroidism. 
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation - The National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures while working to find a cure for the disease through programs of research, education, and advocacy.

Pregnancy & Lactation

  • La Leche League International - La Leche League International's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother.
  • WomensHealth.gov - As part of the Office on Women's Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, this website offers downloadable educational materials and publications free of charge to the public about breastfeeding, including how-to's, FAQ sheets, and current medical information. Also includes links to other online resources and agencies for breastfeeding. 

Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Resource Group - A comprehensive website for vegetarians and vegans alike! Lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes, plus resource lists, tips for traveling and eating vegetarian, and nutrition information. Also includes helpful tips on how to start eating a vegetarian diet as well as information about children and eating vegetarian.
  • VegWeb.com - A resource guide for vegetarians, and includes recipes and a book list. This site also includes a Nutrition Analysis Tool to help you figure out a recipe's total gram analysis as well as a breakdown for specific foods. 

Vitamins, Supplements, and Herbs