Nutrition

It’s a simple concept—when you eat healthy, you feel better. Healthy eating is not a diet. It means making changes you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life, and it’s one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems.

  • Choosing a Plan for You

    I WANT: Five main food groups
    TRY: MyPlate

    I WANT: No dairy, emphasis on water, healthy oils
    TRY: Healthy Eating Plate

    I WANT: Vegetarian
    TRY: Power Plate

  • Small Ways to Make a Big Difference

    • Hungry at work? Munch on healthy snacks (carrots, nuts, raisins, yogurt) instead of raiding the vending machine. Note: Healthier vending machine options are coming soon to your campus!
    • Read food labels when shopping, and try to avoid high-sodium and overly processed foods.
    • Eat seasonally. Besides tasting better, foods that you grow in your own backyard, find at a farmer’s stand, or buy at your local farmers market are generally more nutrient dense. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is a good resource to find what's in season. To find a farmer's market near you, click here.
    • Drink more water. Sugary drinks may taste good, but they’re full of empty calories.
    • Don't want to break the bank? Check out MyPlate’s Eating Healthy on a Budget.
  • Planning a Meeting?

    Find out more about Healthy Meeting Guidelines.

  • Simple, Seasonal, Sustainable Recipes

    Every Friday, Healthy IU posts a simple, seasonal, sustainable recipe to social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest recipes, along with news, inspiration, and tips!

  • 1:1 Nutritional Counseling

    If you have questions about foods, we have the answer. Our wonderful registered dietitian (RD) can help you eat healthier. Your session includes personalized nutrition education on any topic of interest, such as weight loss, heart healthy eating, vegetarian/vegan diets, and more. One-on-one nutritional counseling is free for employees by appointment.

    • IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Southeast, and IUPUC:
      E-mail askanrd@indiana.edu for available appointment dates and times.
    • IU Northwest and IU South Bend:
      E-mail cclaysen@iun.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Healthy IU Meal Guidelines

    Healthy IU embraces the national Reach Healthy Communities nutritional guidelines for meals, snacks, and beverages.

    Read the guidelines.