What is nutrition? Why is it important?
Nutrition is the process of obtaining the food needed for health and growth. There are a lot of elements that go into nutrition such as carbohydrates, protein, and fats as well as vitamins and minerals. The most important part is that you get a wide variety of foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Balanced nutrition helps your brain and your body function at its best to support everything you do.
Ask the Dietitian
Have a question? Ask the Laker Food Co. Dietitian, any general nutrition questions you may have using this form here. Or you can schedule an individual consultation for FREE
Nutrition and Food Access for Students
- The GVSU Farmer's Market brings fresh food and other goods to students through partnerships with local West Michigan businesses.
- A variety of vendors supply the market with fresh produce, flowers, honey, baked good, kettle corn, and more!
- The Farmer's Market runs through the summer and fall every year in Parking Lot G.
- Check out the full list of vendors, cooking demos, and updates here.
FREE for GVSU students.
- Free nutrition counseling with GVSU Clinical Dietetics graduate students under the direct supervision of a Registered Dietitian.
- No requirement to be a previously established patient.
- Variety of services offered, including dietary modifications for chronic disease management, food insecurity, eating disorders, weight management, diabetes, heart health, allergies, prenatal, renal, and healthy eating to foster general wellness.
- Services provided as needed with no limitations on the number of times a student can utilize.
- Open Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Schedule an appointment.
- A food resource for students who face financial obligations/struggles that compromise their food access.
- Provides food and personal care items to meet the short-term challenges that students may face when unable to purchase such items.
- Two locations in Allendale (Kirkhof Center 073, (616) 331-7687) and Downtown Grand Rapids (CHS 353, (616) 331-3461).
- A resource that helps you locate food when you need it based on your zip code
- Interactive map with food pantry partner locations and mobile food pantry locations
- Provides a mobile food pantry schedule, food assistance programs, and referral services
- The Wellness Information Team (WIT) is made up of student peer educators who are passionate about wellness.
- The WIT Team is available to give presentations on wellness topics such as nutrition, setting boundaries, LGBTQ+ sex education, and more! Request a presentation here.
- WIT educators are also available for wellness questions. Ask a question online or at the WIT cart on campus. The WIT cart is staffed by peer educators at rotating locations on campus.
- The Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) is a collaboration between students, staff, and faculty focused on growing food sustainably.
- The SAP has two hoop houses for growing produce as well as beekeepers.
- SAP volunteers host a seasonal farm stand in the summer and fall with fresh produce for sale as well as an online farm stand.
Nutrition Fact Sheets
Nutrition Blog Posts
Check out these blog posts written by the WIT Peer Educators on all things food and nutrition.
What is Diet Culture?
With lots of information on nutrition and health, it can be hard to tell what is good advice and sound science and what is diet culture. In this blog, Eva discusses diet culture and fad diets and the effect they have on our health and wellbeing.
Click the picture for the full blog post!
Here's some of the WIT Peer Educators' favorite people who promote healthy relationships with food and provide nutrition education.
Our Favorite Instagram Accounts
Shana Minei Spencer
Shana is actively anti‑diet culture and a promoter of healthy relationships with food.
Focused on Latinas, Dalina promotes eating without guilt, body positivity, and ending chronic dieting.
Melissa is a dietician who posts recipes and information explaining why society’s idea of healthy eating is harmful.
Shikha is a promoter of food freedom and body acceptance through anti‑diet information.
A Black dietician who focuses on cultural foods and information about health.
Tabitha Brown is a Black vegan who posts vegan cooking and motivation.
Our Favorite YouTube Channels
"Showing you how to eat the foods that you want, when you want, without guilt stress of anxiety. Feel amazing about your food choices mentally and physically, cupcakes and cookies alike!"
"It’s full of nutrition science, health expertise, and real-life tools and ideas you can use ideas to help you feel empowered to take care of your unique health, body, and lifestyle."
"Join us each week as we recreate the foods you've always wanted to try in movies and television - and if you're not careful, you just might learn a thing or two."
"Our mission is to make a nourishing plant-based lifestyle accessible to everyone. Get inspired or find a calm and relaxing space with the collection of videos that help to nourish the cells and the soul."
"Entertaining, exciting, and inspirational videos about food and cooking. All I want is to entertain and excite YOU about food, and maybe inspire you to go cook something yourself."
Food on the Bus Line
Looking for places to eat but don't have a car? We've got a map for you! Our Nutrition Bus Line map has some of our favorite restaurants stop-by-stop for the Laker Line, 48 and 37! Bringing your own food downtown? We've also included microwave locations to heat up your food on campus.