Nutrition

When you are managing and balancing a busy life of work, family, fun, and other responsibilities, who has time to think about what you are going to eat three to six times a day? However, the fact is a good diet filled with nutrient-rich foods is beneficial, not just for your health, but also for your well-being.

Eating a wide variety of healthy foods within moderation helps increase your energy and stamina, and also helps decrease your health risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The following resources and links can help you get started on the road to good eating!

Services at the Tang Center

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 define your health goals, gain valuable health education about your wellness, and come up with personalized plans for working toward your goal. 
  • Nutrition Services at the Tang Center - nutrition therapy and education for any Cal student. 
  • 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
  • What's Eating You  resources for those struggling with eating too much, not eating enough, eating on a budget, food insecurity, body image issues, or just a desire to have better eating habits.
  • Be Well Cal - Healthy eating section. 
  • Be Sugar Savvy - excess added sugar is linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and more
  • Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)
    Located on Bancroft Way, the RSF features an Olympic-size pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, squash courts, handball courts, badminton, volleyball courts, a weight room, fitness machines, table tennis, and locker rooms with towel service. CalFIT also offer a wide variety of classes in fitness, sports, dance, aerobics, and martial arts. 
  • Find evidence-based information about nutrition and other health topics at the Berkeley Wellness from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

For Faculty/Staff

  • Nutrition programs from Be Well at Work Wellness Program including Ask the Dietitian, Cook Well Berkeley for recipes, Eat Well @ Work for resources to help you make healthier choices at work.
  • See 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. 
  • Berkeley Walks 
    Join the Berkeley Walks for an energizing and refreshing way to fit exercise into your busy schedule - year round. No enrollment necessary. 
  • Be Sugar Savvy - excess added sugar is linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and more
  • Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)
    Located on Bancroft Way, the RSF features an Olympic-size pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, squash courts, handball courts, badminton, volleyball courts, a weight room, fitness machines, table tennis, and locker rooms with towel service. CalFIT also offer a wide variety of classes in fitness, sports, dance, aerobics, and martial arts. 
  • Find evidence-based information about nutrition and other health topics at the Berkeley Wellness from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

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 for 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.
  • Diabetic Lifestyle Online Magazine
    An online monthly magazine for people who want to better understand diabetes and learn how to live well while caring for this chronic disease. This site, sponsored by 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

  • Foundation for Osteoporosis Research & Education
    A non-profit resource center dedicated to preventing osteoporosis through research and education of the public and medical community to increase awareness of risk, detection, prevention and treatment. Education programs include lectures, conferences, and newsletters, available on this website. The Foundation is also provides "state of the art" bone density testing.
  • 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 in order 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

Weight Management

  • What Makes a Healthy Diet?
    Rather than a specific diet, we recommend following a healthy way of eating as a lifestyle. However, "diets" in general remain very popular, and some are better than others. See the ranking of best diets for eating healthy from U.S. News in 2015. You can check the nutritional completeness and safety of many popular diets, from Atkins to Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers, in detailed profiles of each one.
  • American Heart Association's Go Red BetterU!
    This is a free 12-week physical activity program geared towards women. Learn smart strategies and gain new information on improving and maintaining your health, along with the encouragement and advice of online coaches. Each week will focus on a different area to follow for a complete heart makeover. The site also contains tools to help you improve your eating habits by making better nutritional food choices.
  • American Heart Association's Start!
    A national campaign that calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthy lives through walking. On this site, you can register to use a free tracking tool and log in your daily activity and nutrition. You can also download the free iPhone and Android, My Heart. My Life.™ Walking Path App.
  • Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
    Create your own personal exercise program on this site and find a trainer near you for support and motivation. Also included on this site are excerpts from the American Fitness Magazine.
  • ExRx (Exercise Prescription)
    An online resource for the exercise professional or fitness enthusiast, with over 1500 pages of information about exercise, weight management, and diet and nutrition. Also contains interactive pages that demonstrate proper form for various weight training and stretching exercises. Users will also find tools to calculate body fat percentage, body mass index, and creating and tracking your own exercise program.