The key food groups that make up a healthy eating pattern are vegetables, fruit, whole grains, protein, low-fat or fat-free dairy and oils. Participating in good nutrition practices reduces the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It enhances your physical wellbeing and gives your body the nourishment it needs to perform daily tasks.
Tips for Eating Well
- Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables
- Learn proper portion sizes
- Enjoy healthy carbs and whole grains
- Avoid skipping meals
- Treat yourself to healthy snacks in between meals
- Limit junk food
- Stay hydrated by drinking water
Eating Healthy on Campus
Choose Wolf Approved
Items marked as Wolf Approved is a way for NC State Dining to show healthier options on campus. You can find out what is Wolf Approved on menu boards, vending machines, in c-stores and on the University Dining website.
University Dining makes it easy for you to track all of your food and beverage intake by utilizing My Fitness Pal. All you have to do is type in ‘NC State’ and then part or all of the name of the item you’re looking for. The app can be downloaded for free on your smartphone or you can access it on your computer by going to the My Fitness Pal website.
Choose My Plate Quizzes
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is 15-week, interactive online weight management program that uses strategies proven to work for weight loss and maintenance. Each lesson informs, empowers and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about eating and physical activity. Weekly classes are available online or on campus.
For State Health Plan members, the cost is $30 to enroll and if the participant attends 10 out of 15 weeks, the state provides a $25 reimbursement.
Student Health Services Registered Dietitians (RD) are available to offer healthy eating recommendations and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Student Health’s dietitians are also Licensed Dietetic Nutritionists and Certified Diabetes Educators.
In addition to general nutrition recommendations, RD’s can provide specialized nutrition counseling for:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Food Allergies
- Eating Disorders
- Sports Nutrition
Ask the Dietician
Registered dietician, Lisa Eberhart, is available to help students meet their nutrition goals by:
- Providing general information about nutrition in the dining halls and on campus
- Meeting special dietary needs or preferences of those on a meal plan, related to food allergies or special dietary needs