Food and Nutrition

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Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean and plant-based proteins, and healthy fats not only promotes overall good health and weight control but also provides you with essential nutrients that can keep you energized throughout the day.

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Office of Work/Life Resources

The Office of Work/Life develops and offers programs and initiatives designed to help you eat a healthful diet- one that focuses on foods and beverages that promote health and prevent chronic disease.

The Healthier Columbia Food and Beverage Program offers food, beverage and nutrition recommendations that foster a healthier eating pattern for the Columbia community.  Resources are available to support better food and beverage choices in various food environments.

The EAT 5 Initiative is designed to help you integrate more fruits and vegetables into your diet and get you closer to reaching the goal of eating five cups per day. Eating 5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily provides nutrients vital for the health and maintenance of the body, may protect against chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and can promote an overall healthy weight.   

The EAT 5 Nutrition Program offers a series of nutrition workshops designed to help participants increase fruits and vegetable intake to get closer to reaching the goal of eating five cups per day. Each workshop offers an interactive nutrition discussion, food demonstration with tasty samples, take home recipes, and more. Sessions are available to individual departments and schools or buildings within the university.

To learn more or schedule a session, email worklife@columbia.edu

Columbia University Resources

Columbia University Resources

Besides our own programs and initiatives, you can also get involved with these other Columbia programs and resources.

Columbia Green Market and Fort Washington Green Market
GrowNYC ‘s farmers markets are available at two campus locations, offering fresh, healthy, and local food to the Columbia community.

I Love NY Water is a campaign that promotes the benefits of drinking New York tap water and creates awareness of the environmental impact and costs associated with disposable, bottled water.  Download a map of available bottle refill stations on the CUMC campus.

The Columbia Community Partnership for Health, part of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Transitional Research, is partnering with the Corbin Hill Food Project to bring weekly, flexible subscription-based produce shares distributed at locations throughout New York City, including Washington Heights.  Sign up at Corbin Hill Food Project.  

Find a number of Columbia Dining resources including a Healthy Eating Guide and tools to help you eat healthier both on and off campus.

Wellness Coaching is a healthy lifestyle program available to Columbia University medical plan participants and dependents at no additional cost. Work with a wellness coach telephonically with additional web-based support to help you eat better, move more, and lose weight.  

To learn more or to enroll, call United Healthcare at 800-232-9357.

RALLY is an engaging digital health experience that starts with a quick health survey to measure your overall health and then recommends simple activities to help improve your diet, fitness, and mood. 

Rally is available through www.myuhc.com or visit www.columbia.werally.com .

For more information or to learn if you are eligible, call United Healthcare at 800-232-9357.

Columbia University employees and dependents covered under the university’s medical plan may be eligible for coverage for nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietitian.

For more information or to learn if you are eligible, call United Healthcare at 800-232-9357.

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External Resources

Looking for more? Here are resources outside of Columbia.