Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Our Registered Dietitian supports students in residence at UBC Vancouver by providing resources, guidance and support for a variety of food and nutrition concerns.

RESOURCES

Follow our nutrition blog for juicy updates and student-inspired recipes, or learn to grocery shop from a UBC nutrition student!

DIETARY ACCOMMODATION

At UBC Food Services we do our utmost to communicate information about ingredients and allergens to our customers.

STUDENT SUPPORT

Talk to our Dietitian one-on-one about a variety of food and nutrition concerns. Book an appointment or reach out directly.

Melissa Baker, MHSc, RD

Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing

Melissa Baker completed her dietetics degree at UBC and then went on to do a Masters of Health Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an AllerTrain Certified Master Trainer, and works hard to support students at UBC with allergies.

Melissa is passionate about ensuring the university residence environment supports a healthy lifestyle and helps young adults create healthy habits for life. She strongly believes in promoting food choices that are nourishing, sustainable, and delicious! She is also a big advocate for taking time to share meals with friends and family, and believes that basic cooking skills are a key ingredient in a healthful diet.

Melissa has worked in many different practice areas including clinical, retail, industry, media, and consulting. She also sat on the Board of Directors for Dietitians of Canada for 3 years. She loves being a part of the exciting food and nutrition world at UBC – be sure to connect with her!

Nutrition Blog

How to Eat More Plants

Interested in trying a plant-based diet but not sure where to start? Here are 3 ways you a can incorporate more plants into your life.

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4 Tips to Cook for Yourself

Preparing your own food is cheaper compared to eating out, can help you build essential food skills, and is associated with a whole host of physical and mental health benefits.

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3 Tips to Help You Unlock the Potential of Food

Did you know March is Nutrition Month? The goal of National Nutrition month is to encourage all Canadians to eat well. This year, we are celebrating the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together.

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4 Things To Do This Reading Week

Whether you find yourself catching up on homework or studying for upcoming exams, reading week is a fantastic time to take a break and explore Vancouver. Here are 4 activities to try during reading week!

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Powerful Goal Setting and a Healthy Start to 2019

While New Year’s resolutions are the norm, it’s actually much more powerful to set well thought-out goals for the year. Research has shown that more than half of adults make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10% actually stick with their resolutions for more than a few months.

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3 Tips to Keep You Going Through Exam Time

Finals are here, which means long hours of studying. Stress, fatigue, and fluctuations in eating habits are bound to happen. Here are 3 tips to help you maintain healthy habits, improve your focus, and keep you going throughout a busy exam season!

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Dietary Accommodation

DINING SAFELY WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

While we do not have allergen-free facilities and cannot guarantee a completely allergen-free environment, we take steps to minimize the risk of exposure.

NUTRITION TOOLS

UBC’s residence dining rooms have tools like menu icons, allergen lists, nutrition information and online menus to help you make educated choices about the food you eat.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

We are not currently taking appointments. Please check back in a few weeks or call 811 to speak with a dietitan by phone, free of charge.

ASK A QUESTION

No time to meet up? Students in residence can email RD Tamara Paetsch with food or nutrition questions.