Meet the Dietitian

Alison Cooney is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics from Grand Valley State University. With her training as a dietitian, experience as a Laker undergrad/grad/alumni, and as a former Campus Dining student employee, she is positioned as a unique resource for students with dietary questions and concerns. As the Campus Dining Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Alison brings her passion for health and wellness to the Laker Community. She focuses on using evidence-based research to provide the best care possible, with an attentive and individualized approach. She loves providing education on nutrition and sustainable lifestyle changes, all while promoting a healthy relationship with food.

Alison can aid students within many areas of nutrition and health, including: basic nutrition education, chronic illnesses, GI problems, sport performance nutrition, weight management, plant-based eating, food allergies and intolerances, meal planning and menu development, navigating the grocery store, assessment of nutritional needs and dietary intake, building a healthy relationship with food and much more. Campus Dining is happy to offer free one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions for all students. These can be held via telephone, Zoom, or in-person with proper social distancing measures in place. 

Please reach out with any questions or click Schedule Nutrition Consultation to make an appointment.  

Contact Information:

Alison Cooney, MS, RDN 

(616) 331-8989 

What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian & a 'Nutritionist'?

Registered Dietitian's, or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist's (RD or RDN) are awarded the credentials after each individual has earned at least a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from an accredited University, has completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice under experienced Dietitians in multiple areas of the dietetics field and passed a rigorous National Examination. Whereas, anyone with any sort of nutrition experience or interest can call themselves a ‘Nutritionist.’ 

Learn more about the qualifications RDN's hold here.


Page last modified June 24, 2021