Nutrition handouts at counseling session
Offering counseling and specialty programming

Nutrition Counseling


Produce Buying Club

Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or a Buying Club (a way to purchase local vegetables wholesale) is a great way to get fresh, local, pesticide-free vegetables without going to the market. In a standard CSA, Members purchase a share of a farmer's crops before the growing season begins and, in turn, receive a selection of fresh vegetables on a regular basis. With a Buying Club, members pool their money to purchase bulk, local produce at wholesale prices. A summer CSA or Buying Club typically runs May-October and includes a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruits. 

The 2024 full Produce Buying Club season is May 14th through October 25th (24 weeks).

The program features locally grown, non-GMO produce (and seedlings) purchased at the Chesterhill Produce Auction by Rural Action.

Pick-up occurs weekly in the Walter Hall Parking Lot (Lot #134) on the Athens campus.

There are three different share sizes to choose from:

  • Half peck (~5lbs of produce) for $19/week or $456/season
  • Peck (~10lbs of produce) for $31/week or $744/season
  • Half bushel (~20lbs of produce) for $45/week or $1,080/season

At the time of registration, participants can also select various "add-on" items such as Shagbark chips, beans and popcorn or shelf-stable jams, jellies and syrup from the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

Additional Details

Online Registration


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. 

WellWorks offers support to employees, students and community members, regardless of your location. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist accommodates both in-person and virtual nutrition counseling appointments. 

One-on-One Counseling Pricing

  • 1-hour initial session: $55 ($25 for OHIO students with valid PID**)
  • 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. 

To schedule an appointment: 

  1. Log In to the Member Portal 
    • Employees use Single Sign On, non-employees can create a free account using the "community" sign on feature
    • Check out our step-by-step guide to purchasing and scheduling your counseling session.
  2. Purchase your preferred sessions 
  3. You will be emailed your purchase receipt and a link to our online scheduling tool. Use this scheduler to select your preferred time. 
    • Sessions default to virtual via Teams.
    • If you prefer to meet in-person, please type "in person" in the notes section of the calendar request. In-person appointments occur in Grover Center E124 (Athens). 
  4. Attend your session and feel empowered! 

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


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 and your body, 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 to them. This updated program is packed with new information, research and fun!

  • Eligibility: This program is available to all Ohio University benefits-eligible employees and their spouses/partners. The course is facilitated via Teams, so is open to all work types (remote/in-person/hybrid) and locations.
  • Dates: The 6-module program meets (virtually via Teams) every other week, January through March, annually.
  • Cost: $0, thanks to support from Ohio University Benefits Office
  • Registration for the next cohort will open in December 
Woman eating mindfully

Practical Nutrition

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 fresh ideas to improve your nutrition intake. You will also walk away with delicious recipes to try with your family.

In this six-session program, participants will meet every other week via Teams, where our Registered Dietitian, Louise Cruz RDN, LD,  will present on specific topics (noted below). 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: fruits and vegetables, fats and oils, label reading, plant based meals, meal planning/savvy shopping, and creating new habits.

The next cohort will meet every other Friday at noon EST, September 13-November 22 (Fall 2024 meeting dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22).

Registration for the Fall 2024 Cohort is now open:

Register for Practical Nutrition


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!

WellWorks offers a variety of presentations on wellness related topics. 

Our RDN is able to visit staff meetings either virtually or in-person (on the Athens campus). 

Nutrition-focused presentation topics include: 

  • Mindful Eating
  • Diet Trends
  • Nutrition Tips for Heart Health

All presentations require ~45 minutes. 

Well-being Presentations and Online Request Form


Upcoming Events

Check out some of the upcoming WellWorks events and campaigns: 

Tuesday, July 23 Yoga Under the Elms 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM College Green, West Portico (Athens)
Tuesday, July 30 Yoga Under the Elms 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM College Green, West Portico (Athens)
Tuesday, August 6 Summer Wellness Series: Nutrition Tips for Heart Health 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Tuesday, August 6 Yoga Under the Elms 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM College Green, West Portico (Athens)
Tuesday, August 13 Yoga Under the Elms 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM College Green, West Portico (Athens)