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Nutrition at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Regularly eating the right amount and kinds of foods is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Whether you are seeking personalized nutrition coaching, tips on healthy eating, or seeking to gain or enhance cooking skills, the Rec has something for you.  

Nutrition Minute | Nutrition for Peak Performance
Personalized Nutrition Coaching | Vandy Cooks

Nutrition Minute

Nutrition Minute is held once a week at The Rec in the main entrance and offers quick tips and free samples of nutritious food to help support healthy eating habits. Open to all!

Upcoming Events:

Did Someone Say Lima Bean Hummus?

Thursday, September 13 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Hummus is a great source of protein and nutrition. This hummus is made with lima beans that grow very well in Tennessee gardens. Stop by and taste this unique blend using lima beans as opposed to the traditional chickpeas.  


Peaches and Tomatoes are Still in Season

Thursday, September 20 | 11 a.m. - Noon

Stop by and taste this fresh peach and tomato caprese salad. After tasting this, you will wish that tomatoes and peaches were in season year around!  

Nutrition for Peak Performance

Wondering what to eat before a competition that lasts all day? Do you want to know how to recover faster after a tough workout? Schedule a presentation for your club sports team with a registered dietitian to learn about fueling cutting edge athletic performance through nutrition.

The Rec provides team presentations based on your group’s needs, interests, and schedule. We can tailor messages to what your group is most interested in. Topics can highlight the following:

  • Pre and post workout foods
  • Healthier snack ideas
  • Eating on the road
  • Supplement use
  • Maximizing calories on a campus meal plan

Please contact Marilyn Holmes to schedule a team presentation. 

 Personalized Nutrition Coaching

The personalized nutrition coaching program provides the Rec students, faculty, and community members the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a nutrition expert. Sessions include an initial assessment, diet analysis using professional software, individualized nutrition education, and goal setting.


First hour session $90
Follow-up sessions (limit two 30 minute sessions) $45 each session

Who conducts the counseling sessions?

Marilyn Holmes, a registered dietitian at the Rec, facilitates counseling sessions along with Vanderbilt dietetic interns who have been trained in nutrition coaching.

Topics available for discussion:

  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Sports nutrition
  • Maintaining energy
  • Meal planning
  • Dining out
  • Healthy eating on campus
  • Vegetarian/vegan diet
  • Eating smart
  • Healthy cooking

What to expect:

Nutrition coaching participants can expect to meet with a coach for a minimum of two sessions and a maximum of three sessions per topic. The initial appointment is one hour and following appointments are 30 minutes.

The nutrition coach will help you complete a personalized road map to healthy living by empowering you to make lifestyle changes that interest YOU.


For more information, email Marilyn Holmes.

Vandy Cooks

Vandy Cooks healthy cooking demonstrations are offered in The Rec’s teaching kitchen and provided by the Rec and Health Plus. Demonstrations are free, open to all and led by Vanderbilt's celebrated chefs, registered dietitians, and expert guests. Tasty samples and recipes with nutrition analysis are provided at each session. 

Upcoming Events

Asian Flair
Teaching Kitchen
Wednesday, September 19
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Join us as we kick off the 2018 - 2019 academic year for Vandy Cooks. Enjoy observing the nutrition experts demonstrate culinary techniques demonstrated by nutrition experts, as well as go '"hands on'" to help prepare dishes carefully chosen for this cooking class. Learn the art of stir frying and learn to making spring rolls and desserts that are not only delicious, but healthy. Attendees will receive samples of the dishes created, as well as, recipes complete with nutrition analysis.

*Greek Member Experience (GME) and (DYV) credit will be available for Vanderbilt students attending.


Marilyn Holmes, Associate Director & Registered Dietitian
Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Emily Cox, Health Educator
Health Plus

Katie Carbonell, Student Organization President
Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls

**Registration is required for this Vandy Cooks session. Please follow the link below to register for this class. 

*More events coming soon!


Marilyn C. Holmes, MS, RDN, LDN