Healthy eating

How do I eat healthy in college?

The MyPlate is a great place to start! This guideline helps you find your personal healthy eating style and improve your nutrition step by step. Eating healthy is a journey that will change over time, but getting a good start can support long-term health. Remember that all food and beverage choices can have an impact. A focus on variety, amount, and balance is the first step. 

  • Choose foods from all food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, dairy, and healthy fats.
  • Try to make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat more whole grains.
  • Move to low-fat and fat-free dairy.
  • Vary the proteins you choose—choose more plant-based or lean options.
  • Eat the right amount of food for you based on your age, sex, height, weight, physical activity goals, and personal goals.
  • Work toward relying on your body’s cues for how much food you need for adequate fuel.
  • Choose an eating style that is low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars, but still includes foods you enjoy.
  • Make small changes to create a healthier eating style over time.
  • Keep a food journal to assess your intake and improvements.
University of Iowa students can schedule an appointment with a provider at Student Health and Wellness online through their MyChart account or by calling 1-319-335-8394.
Last reviewed: 
August 2017

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