Offering counseling and specialty programming

Nutrition Counseling

Pricing Notice:

Please be advised that Nutrition Counseling pricing changed on January 1, 2023. The pricing structure below went into effect on January 1, 2023 at 12:00am.


Pricing Structure: 

  • 60-minute intake session: $55 
  • 30-minute follow-up session: $35

Student Pricing was not impacted. Current OHIO Students who present an ID at time of appointment, can enjoy the same low prices in 2023:

  • 60-minute intake session: $25
  • 30-minute follow-up session: $15

Sessions are good for one year from the date of purchase, with no extensions, transfers or refunds if we still offer the service.


The rate increase should not affect any sessions that were already on your account, however, if money on your account does not cover the new rate, you would need to pay the difference.




Nutrition Counseling Services

Our dietitian offers nutrition counseling services to anyone, regardless of your wellness goals. Whether you're focused on management of chronic disease, recovery from disordered eating, navigating food allergies and sensitivities, sports nutrition, or weight management, Louise Cruz RDN, LD  will guide you to make healthy food choices that fit in to your traditions, culture and lifestyle. 

One-on-One Counseling Pricing

  • 1-hour initial session: $55 ($25 for OHIO students with valid PID**)
    • *Price to increase to $55 on January 1, 2023. Please see pricing notice above for additional details. 
  • 30-minute follow-up sessions: $35 ($15 for OHIO students with valid PID*)

Sessions can be purchased online through the WellWorks Member Portal or in person at our Front Desk (Grover Center E124). Anyone can create a free account on the portal to be able to place an online purchase. 

*Students must provide their PID# when purchasing their session. Each PID# will be verified and if eligibility cannot be verified, the client's funds will be reimbursed and the client will be asked to purchase a non-student session, instead. 

For more details, please see our Nutrition Counseling Policies. 


Scheduling One-on-One Counseling 

In order to streamline your counseling experience, clients must first purchase a counseling session before receiving the link to schedule an appointment. 

Check out our step-by-step guide to purchasing and scheduling your counseling session.


Specialty Programming

Clients and members of the Ohio University and Athens communities have the pleasure of participating in nutrition programming from our RDN in a variety of modalities, including online Nutrition Break videos, hands-on workshops, educational presentations and more. Read on to learn how to request a presentation or attend a pre-scheduled nutrition event.

Mindful Eating


Mindful eating is a type of eating that focuses on eating experiences, body-related sensations, and thoughts and feelings about food, with heightened awareness without judgement. When you eat mindfully, you use all of your physical and emotional senses to experience and enjoy the food choices that you are making.

Mindful Eating Specialty Class

If you are ready to toss the New Year diet tradition and heal your relationship with food, this is the program for you. In this 6-module program, you will not only learn the foundations of Mindful Eating, but also how to use these concepts when eating for your best health, eating out, and meal planning. You will look at the reasons why you eat and gain the tools, skills, and support you need to avoid emotional eating. You will learn to listen to your body’s cues and how to best respond them. This updated program is packed with new information, research, and fun!

Dates: The 6-module program begins on January 10. Microsoft Teams-based classes will be held at noon EST on January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, May 30. Additionally, monthly support calls will take place at noon EST on January 24, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16.

Cost: $150, with the option to split into two payments of $75

Registration for the January 2023 cohort is now open: 

Mindful Eating Registration

Woman eating mindfully

Practical Nutrition

Registration for this program is currently closed.

We find that many people know what they are “supposed to do” when it comes to nutrition, but not how to do it in a way that fits their lifestyle. Practical Nutrition will provide you with the “how” that you have been looking for. You will learn new skills and get new ideas to improve your nutrition intake. You will also walk away with delicious new recipes to try with your family.


In this program, participants will meet bi-weekly via Teams, where our Registered Dietitian, Louise Cruz RDN, LD,  will present on specific topics for approximately 20 minutes. This will then be followed by pre-recorded food demonstrations to support the topic. You will receive recipes after each presentation and will be encouraged to share your own recipes with the group.


Topics include: increasing fruits and vegetable intake, making plant based meals, label reading, meal planning, and reducing food waste.

Dates for the next cohort of this program are not currently available. 

Presentation Requests:

Interested in scheduling a nutrition-related presentation for a staff meeting or a guest lecture for an academic class/program?  We can do that!

Please reach out to our dietitian at 740-593-0250 or to discuss topics that would meet your needs. Popular topics include:

  • Mindful and Intuitive Eating
  • Eating During a Pandemic
  • Nutrition Tips for Heart Health
  • Savvy Snacking and Sipping 
  • Food Swaps to Boost Your Health
  • Introduction to Plant Based Eating
  • Smart Steps for Food Safety
Date Night food class

Upcoming Nutrition and Wellness Events

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Mindful Eating Intro Calls: Ohio University Employees: Fall in love with eating again by practicing mindful eating! By training your mind and body to practice mindful eating, you can break up with diets and confidently eat with enjoyment and satisfaction. During this virtual program, participants will speak with Louise Cruz, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Licensed Dietitian to learn about the WHY and WHAT of Mindful Eating. She'll also offer recommendations for finding your HOW through additional programs offered by Ohio University WellWorks. In an effort to accommodate various schedules, this free program will be offered twice (Feb 15 at 12pm and Feb 16 at 5:30pm). 

This event will occur via Teams. Please register for this event to receive the event URL.

Thursday, March 23 100 Day Challenge Virtual Check-In 6:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 26 100 Day Challenge Virtual Check-In 6:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Monday, March 27 100 Day Challenge Virtual Check-In 6:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 30 100 Day Challenge Virtual Check-In 6:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 2 100 Day Challenge Virtual Check-In 6:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Monday, April 3 100 Day Challenge Virtual Check-In 6:00 AM — 8:00 PM