Office of Student Life

Nutrition Coaching

What is Nutrition Coaching?

Nutrition coaching is free to all currently enrolled Ohio State students who want to enhance their health and wellbeing, and is intended to help students identify any imbalances in their food intake and explore ways to optimize their nutrition needs. Nutrition Coaching utilizes and supports the tenets from Health At Every Size® and principles from Intuitive Eating

Common Topics

  • Meal planning and grocery shopping
  • Dining plans and dining out
  • Body image and disordered eating
  • Food allergies and dietary preferences
  • Health conditions and concerns
  • Sports nutrition and event training

Schedule a Nutrition Appointment  

The following chart describes some of the differences between Medical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Coaching. 

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)

Nutrition Coaching

MNT involves assessment, diagnosis,  prescription, and treatment to manage medical illness/conditions. Nutrition coaches assess a person’s food intake to determine any nutrient imbalances and work with the student to explore how to meet their nutrition needs.
Prescribes specific dietary recommendations to support medical needs. Offers general, evidence-based nutrition recommendations along with resources and referrals for further support. 
A nutrition care plan is created which includes dietary recommendations, any necessary supplement recommendations and resources for the patient and their support system or caregivers.  Nutrition coaches consider the following when helping students explore ways of meeting their nutrition needs: food preferences and any aversions; eating patterns; food accessibility and availability; dining plans or resources for food preparation; food allergies and intolerances; religious beliefs and cultural considerations; and other factors.
MNT can be performed only by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Nutrition Coaching is performed by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist along with a graduate-level student enrolled in a dietetics program.

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