Celebrate National Nutrition Month with University Health Service

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 4, 2016) – Students can get tips on developing a healthier diet with the help of University Health Service (UHS). March is National Nutrition Month and UHS is helping students improve their overall health by sharing information and resources about nutrition.

According to a 2015 National College Health Assessment, only 4.2 percent of University of Kentucky students are consuming the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Many students have taken the opportunity to learn more about healthy eating, with 40 percent of students who have utilized the dietitian services requesting information about what a healthy diet looks like, recipe preparation and grocery shopping. March 8-10 UHS will provide opportunities for more students to access this information.

Tabling events have been planned to reach a larger number of students and will cover topics like shopping on a budget and meal planning. For many students, college may be their first experience shopping and cooking for themselves and UHS wants to provide them with the tools to be successful and lead healthier lives.

Activities for National Nutrition Month include:

Tuesday, March 8:

·         Pledge to Change, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whitehall South Lobby - students can make the pledge to change their unhealthy habits to lead a healthier life.

Wednesday, March 9:

·         Trail Mix Bar, 4 to 6 p.m. at Johnson Recreation Center - pick up healthy snack ideas for your dorm or apartment.

·         Registered Dietitians Day - thank a friend in the dietetics program for giving advice and sharing what they've learned about healthy eating

Thursday, March 10:

·         Shopping on a Budget, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whitehall South Lobby - get a guide to grocery shopping on a budget with meal ideas in mind.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

Media Contact: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076