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Nutrition Services

NUTRITION SERVICES AT THE HEALTH CENTER

The amount of nutrition information available to us today can be overwhelming and confusing. How do you know what will work for you and which advice you can trust?

Whatever your goals, our Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) will provide counseling, education and coaching to help you succeed. You can move past “dieting” to make realistic and lasting changes for better health, quality of life and confidence.

We are now accepting appointments for all students.

This service is available during Fall and Spring semester only.

The Medical Nutrition Therapy service includes a consultation with an RDN to provide a supportive and realistic approach to nutrition and health. The RDN provides knowledge and practical skills according to each client’s individual needs and preferences to help them reach their health and wellness goals.

  • Celiac Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Issues
  • Food Intolerances and Allergies
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

The Nutrition Counseling/Coaching service consists of the RDN offering clients support, encouragement and guidance in reaching general healthy eating and wellness goals. The RDN will help you break down your nutrition goal into manageable steps and offer ongoing support and accountability.

  • Meal planning, shopping, and cooking
  • Sports and performance nutrition
  • Specialized diets (Low-Carb, Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.)
  • Weight management

Please note this service does not include Medical Nutrition Therapy. If you have nutrition-related health issues such as diabetes, digestive diseases, major food allergies, eating disorders, etc., please refer to the Medical Nutrition Therapy services above.

Come in:  HEALTH CENTER  –  Promenade East Building, 55 University Dr. Suite 102
Call: 219-464-5060
Email: health.center@valpo.edu

Insurance is accepted and will be filed by the Health Center.
If your insurance does not cover nutrition therapy, a cash payment option is available:
Initial Assessment (60 minutes) — $75
Follow-up Session (30 minutes) — $45

Teams/Groups up to 30 athletes/attendees: $250
Additional athletes/attendees above 30: $5 per person

Sports Nutrition Team Presentations
The Registered Dietitian is available to speak to teams about general healthy eating guidelines, weight management, nutrition needs for sports performance, meal planning and timing, recovery nutrition, and hydration.  Presentations are one hour.

Nutrition & Wellness Presentations
The Registered Dietitian is available to speak to groups about general healthy eating guidelines, meal planning and cooking, and healthy eating behaviors.  Other topics may be available upon request. Presentations are one hour.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) — $20
An overall assessment of electrolytes, liver and kidney function, blood sugar and protein status.

Complete Blood Count (CBC) — $15
A detailed assessment of the health of blood cells, their ability to carry oxygen and fight infection, and to diagnose anemia.

Nutrient Deficiencies:
Vitamin D — $59
Vitamin B12 — $22
Ferritin (Iron) — $29
Sports Nutrition Panel — $145
(includes: CMP, CBC, Vitamin D, Ferritin (Iron), Vitamin B12)

Rebecca Puffer MPH, RD, CD

Registered Dietitian | eatright@valpo.edu

Becca Puffer is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career teaching children about healthy eating and physical activity.  Since then, she has worked with individuals and groups to educate and counsel those managing pre-diabetes and diabetes, weight loss surgery, obesity, cancer, eating difficulties, heart disease, food allergies and intolerance, digestive issues, and general healthy eating. With over 15 years’ experience, Becca understands how diet and nutrition can influence chronic disease, health and quality of life. Her passion is to help you make long-term changes that improve your health and work for your lifestyle!

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Contact Information

Valparaiso University Health Center
Promenade East Building
55 University Drive, Suite 102
Valparaiso, IN 46383

health.center@valpo.edu

Phone: 219.464.5060
Insurance: 219.464.5400
Fax: 219.464.5410

**Please do not email if you need immediate assistance**

Call 219.464.5060 during business hours to schedule an appointment.