• Registered Dietitian
  • M - F: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • By Appointment Only
  • Peer Nutrition Coaching
  • By Appointment Only


The University Health Center Nutrition Service unit empowers and supports members of the University of Maryland College Park community with the knowledge and skills needed to make and implement healthy nutrition choices today and for a lifetime.

Nutrition Services

Registered Dietitian

The Registered Dietitian Consultation service includes Medical Nutrition Therapy (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, digestive issues) using a holistic, non-diet approach to nutrition and health. The Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) provides knowledge and practical skills according to each client’s individual needs and preferences to help them reach their health and wellness goals. 

Fees are associated with this service: 

  • students: $20 per session
  • faculty/staff: $55.00 per session

Please email JJakubcz@umd.edu to schedule an appointment.

Peer Nutrition Coaching Service

The Nutrition Coaching team consists of undergraduate dietetic students supervised by the UHC Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. This service offers clients support, encouragement and guidance in reaching general healthy eating goals, based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. The Nutrition Coach will help you break down your nutrition goal into manageable steps and offer ongoing support and accountability. This is a free service.

This service is available during Fall and Spring semester only.

Please note this service does not include Medical Nutrition Therapy. If you have nutrition related health issues such as diabetes, digestive disease, major food allergies, eating disorder etc., please refer to the Registered Dietitian Consultation Service.

Please email NutritionCoach@umd.edu to schedule an appointment.

Meet our Peer Nutrition Coaches


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Major/minor/expected graduation:
Nutrition Science (minor in Humanities, Health, and Medicine), May 2023

Why did you choose dietetics as your major?

First, I love food because it has the power to bring people together, improve our health, embrace different cultures, and more! Second, I have always been fascinated by nutrition and how our diet can impact our well-being in many ways. When I came to UMD, I wanted to choose a major that allowed me to further explore my interests and pursue a career where I can help others achieve their goals. 

What is your favorite food and why?

I love ice cream! It is delicious, creamy, and refreshing. Plus, there are so many flavors to try.

Words to live by or favorite quote:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato


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Major/minor/expected graduation:
Dietetics, (Minor in exercise science) May 2023

Why did you choose dietetics as your major?

I have always been fascinated with nutrition because I never fully understood the impact it would have on my life. Since a big part of my childhood was being overweight and bullied, on top of my family having cardiovascular diseases, I knew that it was time to change my lifestyle. Once I understood the positive impact it played on my life, I had to make it into a career to help those going through similar experiences that I went through.

What is your favorite food and why?

My favorite food has to be my mom's famous lamb ribs. Coming from a Spanish background, my mom would always make this traditional lamb ribs with rice and vegetables that has been on my taste buds ever since the first day she made it for me. Any time I have it, I always have flashbacks to when I was a kid. In addition to the taste, it is filled with healthy nutrients.

Words to live by or favorite quote 

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney


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Major/minor/expected graduation:
Dietetics, May 2023

Why did you choose dietetics as your major? 
I chose to major in dietetics because I want to work as a registered dietitian and help people realize their best relationship with food. I am fascinated by the way food is interwoven into our lives and how it can be a source of so many benefits, including supporting health and happiness. 

What is your favorite food and why? 
Ice cream. It reminds me that food is more than fuel. In addition to energy, it is a source of memories, nostalgia, joy, and an opportunity to explore different preferences. 

Words to live by or favorite quote:
Get into the habit of asking yourself: “Does this support the life I’m trying to create?”


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Major/minor/expected graduation: 

Dietetics, May 2023

Why did you choose dietetics as your major?
Sports inspired my decision to major in Dietetics. I wanted to be able to fuel myself properly for practices and games in high school to play my absolute best. In the future, I would like to educate and help others on their journey to living a happier and balanced lifestyle.

What is your favorite food and why?

My favorite food is salmon. I find it to always be delicious during breakfast, lunch, dinner and (most importantly) in sushi!

Words to live by or favorite quote. 
"Hold fast, Stay true." - Bridget Looney

To speak to the University Health Center Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist please email JJakubcz@umd.edu or call 301-314-8140