Dietitian 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:
- Group Nutrition
- Nutrition Services on Demand
- One-to-One Nutrition Appointments
- Online Resources
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 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.
For the Fall 2022 semester, some sessions will remain virtual and some sessions will be in person. All sessions will run Wednesdays from 2:30-3:20PM EXCEPT the O-Week session, which will be from 3:00-4:00PM. For session description, click on the date below or view all session descriptions here.
Group nutrition services will occur weekly and include the following topics:
- Building a Plant-Rich Diet (September 7 in-person (3:00-4:00 PM), October 5 virtual, November 2 virtual)
- Managing Low Appetite (September 14 in-person, October 12 virtual, November 9 virtual)
- Nutrition Management of Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (September 21 virtual, October 19 in-person, November 16 virtual)
- Nutrition 101 (September 28 virtual, October 26 virtual, November 23 in-person)
Take the Stress out of IBS: Will remain virtual for F22. It will run on Fridays beginning October 21 until November 18th, 2022 (5 weeks) from 12:30-1:30 PM. 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.
Meal Support Group: Tuesdays beginning October 18 until November 22, 2022 (6 weeks) from 12:00-1:00 PM. Meal Support Group is facilitated by Lindzie O'Reilly, MAN, RD and Samantha Durfy, MA, MSW, RSW. Please see the Counselling Services Website for information on how to be referred to this group.
Student groups, varsity teams, and U of G professors are welcome to request a guest lecture or workshop by emailing Lindzie at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
- If red meat is 'probably carcinogenic', should I stop eating it?
- Should I be reducing my sugar intake?
- Is a gluten-free diet healthier? What are the risks?
- I'm going to the gym more often, do I need to change my diet?
- Does morning exercise burn more fat?
- I've heard you shouldn't eat after 7pm. Is that true?
- Does drinking milk increase my risk of kidney stones?
- Should I be taking a supplement?
- Will eating carbs make me gain weight?
- Is soy safe to eat?
- Are there certain foods I can eat to decrease inflammation?
- Will calorie counts on restaurant menus help us eat better?
Looking for credible information on the most popular fad diets? The following information was created by AHN students Renée Ouellette and Victoria Hanson.
- 6 Strategies to Identify Reliable Nutrition Information
- Intermittent Fasting
- Paleo & Whole 30
- The Ketogenic Diet
- Detox Diets and Juice Cleanses
- Guelph Family Health Study - Plant-Based Proteins: Recipes Made Easy-Peasy
- Guelph Family Health Study - Rock What You've Got: Recipes for Preventing Food Waste
- Learn everything you need to know about cooking eggs.
- Looking to add more legumes? Try lentils and Ontario beans.
- Learn which fruits and veggies are in season when and how to prepare them from Foodland Ontario.
- 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.