Lifestyle Coaching

Health Plus

Health Plus provides personal lifestyle coaching as a benefit for Vanderbilt faculty/staff and spouses. Lifestyle coaching can help you find the motivation and tools to reach your goals. Goals might include losing weight, being more physically active, eating better, quitting smoking or lowering stress.

Budget Bites

​Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive. Preparing meals at home gives you control over ingredients and cost. It all starts at the grocery store! Here are some tips for every aisle to help you eat healthy without overspending. PROTEIN: Go meatless! Plant proteins are often a cheaper option than meat and have the added benefits of fiber to help keep you full longer. If you aren’t ready to go completely meat-free, cut your meat portions in half and add a meatless protein, such as beans to chilis, soups, and tacos!

Gut Check-in

Dietary fiber is an essential plant-based nutrient found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Fiber helps normalize bowel movements by moving fluid and waste through the digestive tract. Fiber-rich foods have been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and other digestive diseases, lower cholesterol, help control blood sugar, and aid in achieving a healthy weight.

Beyond Fresh

You may have heard that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than their frozen and canned counterparts. Produce is flash-frozen or canned at the peak of freshness. Therefore, frozen and canned produce can have nutrient contents comparable to even the freshest produce! They are available year-round and are often more cost effective. The handout below shares tips for enjoying all forms of fruits and vegetables.​

Got Milk?

​Dairy is one of the five food groups outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It contains many nutrients your body uses on a daily basis, such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium. Calcium has been shown to improve bone mass, and vitamin D helps maintain that mass. It is recommended you eat or drink three servings of dairy per day. One serving of dairy is equal to:

Taste the Rainbow

​A healthy diet is essential for a healthy immune system and disease prevention. Eating foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains provides your body with phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are found in plants and help the body function and fight disease. Research has shown that by diversifying the colors on your plate you can provide your body with a wide variety of nutrients.  Use these tips for eating more nutritious meals:

Eating for Energy

​The foods we eat can be broken down into two main categories: macronutrients and micronutrients. Your body needs macronutrients in large amounts to complete daily activities and for bodily functions. You may recognize macronutrients by their common names: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Most foods contain a combination but are classified by the macronutrient that is present in the highest amount. The amount of each macronutrient needed differs per person based on activity level and other considerations.