Campus dietitian recruits nutrition peer educators among Binghamton University students

Schools and Libraries

July 6, 2017


Alexa Schmidt, registered dietitian with Binghamton University Dining Services, is leading the charge to recruit students as certified nutrition peer educators. A six-hour course teaches these students to spread healthy messages to peers on eating well in college and beyond.

The program is offered in partnership with the Health and Wellness Studies Department on campus.

"We kicked off the course last Spring semester with rewarding response," said Schmidt. "Thirty students signed up for the course and we had a waiting list for more. We will definitely offer the program again for the 2017-2018 academic year."

Course topics include nutrition basics, healthy eating on campus, sports nutrition, eating on a budget, nutrition "hot topics", and special diets. 

Certified Nutrition Peer Educators complete the training program and an exam that qualifies them to help educate their peers on basic healthy nutrition guidelines and practical approaches to eating well.

As promoted in the related recruitment campaign, the role of certified nutrition peer educators is to share accurate nutrition information; teach strategies for eating healthy on and off campus; teach decision-making skills that people can use to create a balanced diet; increase awareness of various campus activities where students can have fun and learn about healthy living; provide resources that are available for students who need additional assistance; and to correct myths and misperceptions about healthy eating and fad diets.

"The goal is that nutrition peer educators promote strategies for healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits through educational outreach programs and health leadership initiatives," said Schmidt. "These programs will help further Binghamton University's vision for a healthy campus through building a culture of healthy lifestyle choices."

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services, contact Casey Slocum at 607 777 3014 and via email at casey.slocum@sodexo.com