The University of New Brunswick (UNB) Student Health Centre is pleased to welcome registered dietitian Anna Jackson to the team. A graduate of the Applied Human Nutrition Program from Mount Saint Vincent University, her experience is based in community, clinical and administrative settings. Jackson is a member of the New Brunswick Association of Dietitians and Dietitians of Canada.
Dietitian services at the Student Health Centre include both one-on-one counselling as well as campus-based nutrition programs. Jackson provides education and support for students looking to increase the nutritional value of their meals, address specific medical concerns through dietary management, ensure a balanced diet as a vegetarian or vegan, meet nutritional requirements for optimal sport performance, and more.
Jackson’s top 3 tips for healthy eating in 2016:
Don’t attempt to overhaul your entire diet overnight
Research has shown that setting small, realistic goals is the way to go. A few examples of attainable goals might be to meet Canada’s Food Guide recommendation for number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day or to limit eating fast food to one time per week. Achieving and maintaining these small goals long-term can have a major impact on overall health.
Focus on real food
Keep things simple with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish and dairy products. Aim to include as little processed food in your diet this year as possible. The fewer the ingredients, the better! By focusing on natural, whole foods, you will be consuming less trans fats, added sugars and sodium, all of which can be detrimental to our health.
Ditch feelings of guilt
We all have bad days! What you eat should never be the cause of feelings of guilt or shame. Food is just food. Having the ability to move past a bad day and refocus on the goals you have set is imperative to long-term success.
Dietitian services are free to all full-time UNB and STU students. Appointments can be made by calling the Student Health Centre at (506) 453-4837 or by dropping by. No referral is needed.