Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Definitions:
-Nutrition Education:  Reinforcement of basic or essential nutrition-related knowledge.
-Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT):  "Nutrition diagnostic, therapy and counseling services for the purpose of disease management, which are furnished by a Registered Dietitian or nutrition professional...” (Medicare MNT Legislation, 2000).  MNT is a specific application of the Nutrition Care Process in clinical settings that is focused on the management of diseases.  MNT involves in-depth individualized nutrition assessment and a duration and frequency of care using the Nutrition Care Process to manage disease.
-Nutrition Counseling:  A supportive process to set priorities, establish goals, and create individualized action plans which acknowledge and foster responsibility for self-care.                                                                                                                                                                                               
All Registered Dietitians (RDs) can be called Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Registered Dietitians (RDs).  Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the food & nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into real-world solutions for healthy living.
Registered Dietitians (RDs) have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:
Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 
Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Conversely, there is no real definition, laws or credentialing requirements protecting the title of “Nutritionist.”  Therefore, anyone who gives nutrition advice can potentially use this title.  Even someone who has taken a single course or read a self-help book on nutrition could call themselves a Nutritionist.
Bottom Line:  Credible nutrition information comes from a Registered Dietitian (RD).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Menu Station Labels at each Resident Dining location include the nutrients that are currently required on the Nutrition Facts Label on packaged foods (except vitamins and minerals).  Students, faculty and staff may also request to see the nutrition information for all made-to-order foods at Retail establishments on campus.


In addition, allergen statements for the top nine allergens (fish, shellfish, milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame) and "Dietary Icons" for menu items are conveniently located, the Everyday Mobile App (coming soon) and Menu Station Labels at each Resident Dining location.


Those who are struggling to eat within the traditional dining options available at Lehigh, may submit a request for accommodations. Please refer to our Procedure Guide here.

Yes! Our Registered Dietitian uses a secure, cloud-based practice management system called Practice Better. Practice Better is HIPAA, PIPEDA and GDPR compliant. Rest assured that your data is safe and secure.
Be sure to check out this online "Tour of the Client Portal" to familiarize yourself with our Practice Better Platform.
You can also download the Better by Practice Better app on your phone to stay connected to your Dietitian with 24/7 access to your practitioner's recommendations, resources, and journals to help you reach your health goals!
★ securely message your practitioner
★ stay connected with Instant Alerts
★ log food and lifestyle entries
★ take pictures of your meals
★ join video sessions with your practitioner
★ easy access to recommendations
★ add shortcuts to your home screen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
At Lehigh University, we recognize that what really makes the difference in looking & feeling your best is a better ratio of muscle to fat mass (i.e. body composition), rather than a specific weight goal. Since muscle weighs more than fat, it is possible that individuals could drop sizes in their clothes, while the number on the scale stays the same.  
Because of this, we chose to address concerns related to body appearance with our Nutrition Champion, Bailey, for Better Body Composition. She's a fan of ensuring her bulb is in the best condition it can be and focuses fully on the lifestyle changes that have to be made rather than a number. Learn more about the resources Bailey has to offer you here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Our Resident Dining Halls often offer specialty menus and recipes throughout the school year.  If a menu item is not on our standard core menu items it will not be available for viewing online.  Instead, we encourage students, faculty and staff to review our Menu Nutrition Labels at the actual dining hall location.