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Nutrition Services

The old proverb “An apple each day keeps the doctor away” highlights how food affects your body’s health and wellbeing.  Our Registered Dietitians (RDs) can help you maximize your dietary choices to support your busy life. You and the RD will develop a personalized plan so that you can meet and exceed your health and fitness goals.

nutrition services 
Our RDs can assist you with:
  • Fine-tuning your dietary choices for improved wellness 
  • Navigating food allergies or intolerances in the dining hall or in your own kitchen 
  • Managing pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bone health, and digestive discomfort through food and lifestyle changes 
  • Recovering from eating disorders and disordered eating 
  • Improving your relationship with food and developing a more positive body image 
  • Practical weight management strategies 
  • Moving towards to a vegetarian diet 
  • Maximizing your workout through a supportive diet
Erin Pettygrove, RD and Julie Engberg, RD
The Cowell Center Student Health Services Registered Dietitians, Erin Pettygrove and Julie Engberg, promote wellness through healthy eating and positive lifestyle changes. 
How do I make an appointment to see the RD? 
Call Cowell Center Student Health Services at (408) 554-4501 or visit us online to schedule an appointment with one of our dietitians. 

What should I expect at my initial visit with the RD? 
During your first appointment, the dietitian will spend some time getting to know you, your health goals, and learning about your current eating habits. The RD will help you create and implement a concrete plan to enhance your diet and improve your nutrition status. After all, we all know a lot about nutrition but it can be harder to follow through and make healthy dining choices, especially when you are a busy student. Your nutrition action plan will be tailored to your life and your needs. Expect to spend about an hour with the RD during your first visit and please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out some helpful paperwork. 
How can I best prepare for my initial visit with the RD? 
Be prepared to have your nutrition questions answered! Think about your nutrition questions and concerns ahead of time. Go ahead and write them down. Give some thought as to how you would like to physically feel and how your dietary choices might need to be fine-tuned.
What should I bring with me for my initial visit with the RD? 
If possible, track everything you eat and drink over 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day. Our dietary choices tend to change based on the differences in our weekly schedules. Feel free to bring any food packages, nutrition or supplement labels, and/or website resources to your appointment that you have questions about. 
What’s the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist? 
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, even if they have no education, training, or experience in the field of nutrition or dietetics. A registered dietitian (RD) is the true nutrition expert. The RD has the minimum of a 4 year degree in nutrition or dietetics, has completed at minimum, 1200 hours of supervised practice from an accredited dietetic internship, passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians and completes annual continuing education. All registered dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are RDs! The Cowell Center Student Health Services RD translates nutrition science into practical, evidence-based dietary strategies. The RD is uniquely qualified to practice medical nutrition therapy for those students with medical diagnoses and eating struggles. Cowell’s registered dietitians will work with your medical clinician or therapist to ensure that you are receiving comprehensive care.