The Campus Recreation Center this fall is now offering “Nutrition Counseling with Elayna Roberts”.
Roberts, a graduate student at Western Carolina University who has completed the school’s nutrition program, is a registered dietician and has previously interned at the Recreation Center.
Last fall, the Campus Recreation Center introduced drop-in nutrition, a way for members to get solid advice on their nutrition and ask questions. Drop-in hours are Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday from 3-5 p.m. It is located between the men’s and women’s locker rooms on the bottom floor.
Roberts is expanding this drop-in for people who want a personalized nutrition plan. This nutrition counseling is available to all CRC members, not just students.
Morgan McCool, a senior at WCU, likes the program.
“It might make our school community healthier with nutrition counseling available to us,” she said.
If you are interested in nutrition counseling, stop by the main desk at the Recreation Center to pick up a brochure and registration form. You can also access the form online at reccenter.wcu.edu. The website also offers nutrition resources and frequently asked questions on nutrition.
The “Welcome Package,” available to members, is $25 and offers “an initial one hour nutrition session involving a 3-day diet analysis and nutrition assessment plus a 30 minute follow-up session.”
Roberts said that matching nutrition services with personal training is a great way to go because of the financial savings.
Haley Ellis, a supervisor at the Campus Recreation Center, supports the nutrition program.
“I would definitely recommend our Nutrition program. We are currently offering packages that combine nutrition with personal training, that way patrons can learn how to improve their bodies both inside and out, which personally I think is a great option,” Ellis said. “I think a positive aspect about our on-staff registered dietician, RD-Elaina Roberts, is that she is young and insightful to how the typical college student eats and has also been trained to help anyone else who is interested in gaining nutritional knowledge.”
Roberts summed up her best advice.
“I think college students need to eat breakfast and be aware of what they put into their bodies,” she said. “Additionally, students do not eat a wide variety of foods, they should not eat the same thing every day.”
If you have any nutrition questions you would like to have answered, you can ask during a drop-in time, look at the frequently asked questions on the website, or e-mail Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.