Dietitian & Nutrition Services, University of Guelph

Welcome to Dietitian Services at the University of Guelph

All University of Guelph students have access to Student Wellness Services nutrition services (free and fee-based options are available). Students can access these services in three ways:


Meet our Student Wellness Dietitian

Lindzie O'Reilly Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor for Student Wellness Services

How to access *FREE one-on-one support from Lindzie (*available for UofG Students only)

"I believe that food is an important part of life. We eat to meet our nutrient and energy needs, for social reasons, for pleasure, for comfort and much more. It's important to honour all of those reasons in order to build a food routine that's sustainable and enjoyable. I also believe that food can be a complicated and overwhelming thing sometimes. I support students as they experiment to develop a food routine that works for them as an individual and that optimizes their physical and mental wellbeing. 

My practice is weight-neutral, which means that I don't believe that someone's size is a good indicator of their health status and I don't believe that striving for weight loss provides a sustainable solution for health concerns. Instead, I work with students to understand the root of health concerns and to create habit-based goals."


Group Nutrition Services 

Group nutrition services are available for no additional cost for University of Guelph students. These programs are designed to address common nutrition concerns amongst university students and are meant to give students access to nutrition advice at the time of their concern, with little or no wait. No registration or referral is required for group nutrition services. Each session is independent and students may attend as many sessions as they would like.

Winter 2023 group nutrition services will occur weekly and include the following topics: 

Location: All Winter 2023 Group Nutrition Sessions will occur in person in JTP 1146.

For session descriptions, click on the date below or view all session descriptions here.

Take the Stress out of IBS: Will remain virtual for W23 beginning March 1, 2023 from 5:30-6:30pm for 5 weeks  (on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29). Students can find out more and can register on Kathy Somers' website. There is a $20 fee for University of Guelph students to attend this program. 

Stress Eating: This two-hour educational, skills-oriented workshop meets online on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 7-9pm. Students can find out more and can register on Kathy Somers' website. There is a $5 fee for University of Guelph students to attend this program. 


Nutrition Services on Demand

Student groups, varsity teams, and U of G professors are welcome to request a guest lecture or workshop by emailing Lindzie at loreilly@uoguelph.ca.


One-to-One Nutrition Appointments

One-to-one nutrition appointments are available to University of Guelph students with a referral for no additional cost and are included in your student fees.

Referrals can be submitted for UofG Students only either:

  • By request through a Student Wellness Services Health Care provider
  • By completing a self-referral form from SWS reception. Call 519-824-4120 x52131 or email health@uoguelph.ca. If requesting the form via email, please ensure that you include your student number and phone number in your email request. 

Please note that high demand for this service usually results in a several-week wait for an appointment.

 

If you would like to speak to a Dietitian sooner, consider reaching out to Rachel Hannah Registered Dietitian at the Health & Performance Centre. Rachel Hannah brings over 9 years of clinical experience to the Health and Performance Centre. Rachel's services can be accessed for a fee

Book an appointment at the Health and Performance Centre 


Common Nutrition Questions

Food is a common conversation topic with friends and family. Since everyone needs to eat, everyone tends to have their own opinion about, and approach to, food. Couple that with an overwhelming amount of nutrition information in the media and it can be incredibly hard to get reliable, evidence-based answers. Here are some answers to common questions I hear from students. 

Looking for credible information on the most popular fad diets? The following information was created by AHN students Renée Ouellette and Victoria Hanson.


Recipes


Additional Resources

  • But I Hate My Body: Cracking the Code on Body Acceptance: Are you thinking about the notion of body acceptance? Or perhaps someone in your life is urging you to consider body acceptance. Maybe you have heard the word body acceptance and thought to yourself, “Why in the world would I accept THIS body?”
  • Canadian Celiac Association: The association serves people with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and dermatitis herpetiformis through affiliated chapters across Canada. The CCA is here to help individuals regain power over every aspect of their lives. With increased research incentives powered by our donors, community networking, and mutual support, we are regaining power over our disease, our bodies, and our lives.
  • Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: We’re committed to improving the lives of people with gastrointestinal and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to healthcare, and promoting gastrointestinal and liver health.
  • Government of Canada Food Safety: Learn safety tips for all food types. Also find information to protect those who are vulnerable to food poisoning, including facts on food allergies and recalls.
  • Guelph Student Foodbank: In an effort to combat hunger and poverty on campus and in the greater Guelph community, the Guelph Student FoodBank provides graduate and undergraduate University of Guelph students access to emergency food, anti-poverty resources, and referrals to other food security, anti-poverty and financial assistance groups. This service is always confidential.
  • The SEED: The SEED is a community food project of the Guelph Community Health Centre. About 16% of households in Guelph are food insecure (Guelph Wellbeing, 2014). Our goal is to change that by offering programs and services that tackle the root causes of poverty. We are supported by hundreds of amazing community members and by many partner organizations.
  • The Waterloo Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition: We engage in professional development, advocacy, community engagement, education, awareness, service enhancement, and training in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.