Nutrition & Exercise


The Wellbeing Center supports balanced eating and physical activity by helping to make healthy options affordable, accessible, and desirable within the Market Place and Lund Center, respectively. A nutritious diet and adequate physical activity levels are significant, positive influences on your energy level, immune system, ability to cope with stress, and academic concentration and performance. Importantly, the health habits you adopt during college are major influences on those throughout your adult life, which have implications for short- and long-term health outcomes. Our work focuses on helping you improve your food choices and physical activity levels by addressing individual-level factors—such as time, motivation, or skill—and social, economic, and environmental factors beyond your control. Priorities include:

  1. Student Awareness. We implement point-of-decision prompts and motivational signage for healthy eating and physical activity around campus to encourage positive health behaviors. These prompts serve to integrate better choices into daily living and create a climate where choices to be healthy are encouraged. We also improve awareness of non-gym-based physical activity opportunities, and ways to make healthier food choices on a residential campus. Our peer-led education and support efforts are important components of physical wellbeing.
  2. Student Assistance. We are expanding the development and use of tools that allow for individually tailored assistance or advice (based on factors such as an individual’s specific interests, preferences, and readiness for change to support) to achieve better nutrition and exercise habits. We also support organized physical activity opportunities through peer support, fitness classes, extracurricular activities, and special events.
  3. Assessment and Evaluation. Assessment and evaluation help us define the problem and determine how successful current approaches are at improving health behaviors for nutrition and exercise.
  4. Environmental Management. We are promoting a campus culture and community that increases the capacity for active living. We reduce barriers to safe physical activity and nutritious foods. We invest in the improvement of Lund Center to make it more appealing and accessible through the following efforts: variety of exercise equipment, flexible class options and schedules, and aesthetic attributes. We aim to reduce on-campus access to calorie-dense and nutritionally empty foods by developing and promoting College-wide food guidelines for College facilities and sponsored events.


Gustavus offers nutrition programming that integrates emotional, social, and physical wellbeing to address the following topics:

  • Setting personal goals
  • Meal planning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Dining out
  • Weight management
  • Body image concerns
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Sports nutrition
  • Special diets (e.g., vegetarian, food allergies, hypoglycemia, gastro-intestinal issues, etc.)
  1. Nutrition coaching is available and free to all currently enrolled Gusties. Each session includes a nutrition assessment, education, and goal setting with George Elliott, the registered dietician at Gustavus. After a 30-minute initial consultation, you can meet with George for hourlong sessions to address your goals. There is no limit to the number of follow up sessions.
  2. George is also trained and available to meet with you to consult on disordered eating and eating disorders.
  3. If you have body image-related concerns, please visit the Counseling Center.
  4. To schedule a Nutrition Coaching appointment, please call x7631 or stop by Health Service (Jackson Campus Center Lower Level).
  5. Visit this page again soon for Good Food for Busy Gusties—a video series of recipes and cooking instructions!

Gustavus offers an array of free activities that support physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. From intramural sports to club sports, and fitness classes to fitness assessments, the services available at Lund Center can help you enhance your health.

  1. The Human Performance Lab offers free assessments to all currently enrolled Gusties that result in individualized fitness programs. Schedule an appointment today!
  2. Each semester, and during January Term, students can participate in a variety of fitness classes, including (but not limited to) cardio dance, high intensity interval training, and zumba. All classes are held in the newly upgraded aerobics room, where you’ll find a class schedule.
  3. Don’t forget to sign up for intramural or club sports, too.


Mindful Eating
Gustavus Registered Dietician George Eliot is a certified instructor of “Am I Hungry?”, a mindful eating program. ( This aims to teach participants how to be mindful and eat in the “instinctive cycle.” The program is offered as an introductory workshop as well as a multi-week program.


Eating Disorders