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