Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you count on your food for energy and strength. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) can help you learn to make the best choices to support your busy life. By referral from an Engemann Student Health Center clinician or counselor, the RDN will partner with you to develop an individualized plan, helping you through your challenges to finding your personal healthy eating style.
Our RDN is available to help you with:
- Finding your way with food allergies or intolerances
- Best diet strategies for diabetes, hypertension, PCOS, and digestive issues
- Support for resolving eating disorders and disordered eating
- Top choices for lifelong cardiovascular and bone strength
- Real life weight management
- Transition to a vegetarian diet
- Transition to eating in the United States (for International Students)
- Gaining confidence and skills in the grocery store, a restaurant and your kitchen
- Energizing your workout
- Improving an already great diet!
Read about 25 foods that will change your life, in an article from our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Patrice Barber, on the USC Student Affairs website!
There are many resources available to you about nutrition, healthy recipes and cooking tips. Please visit the Nutrition section of our Self Care Resources section.
Patrice Barber, RDN
Engemann Student Health Center Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Patrice Barber, promotes wellness through healthy eating. Her areas of special interest include: mindful eating, management of food allergies and intolerances, disease prevention, weight management, eating disorders, menu planning and cooking, sports nutrition, vegetarian diets and therapeutic diets for digestive disorders, diabetes, hypertension, PCOS, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) help me?
The RDN will partner with you to develop an individualized plan to help you with:
• Best diet strategies for diabetes, hypertension, PCOS, and digestive issues
• Support for resolving eating disorders and disordered eating
• Top choices for lifelong cardiovascular and bone strength
• Real life weight management
• Transition to a vegetarian diet
• Transition to eating in the United States (for International Students)
• Gaining confidence and skills in the grocery store, a restaurant and your kitchen
• Energizing your workout
• Improving an already great diet
• Find your personal healthy eating style
How can I see the RDN at the health center?
The best thing to do is start with an appointment with any of our clinicians. Your nutrition is part of your overall health, but even if your clinician does not identify a nutrition challenge, you can feel free to bring it up and ask for the referral. It will not be necessary to share with your clinician what you want to discuss with the RDN.
Are there any other ways to get a referral to see the RDN?
The counselors at the Engemann Student Counseling Center and the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion are also able to refer students to the RDN.
How do I make an appointment to see the RDN?
The referral form will have the phone number to call. We’re not able to make appointments online at this time.
What should I expect at my initial visit with the RDN?
You can expect a conversation about your current eating habits and how food fits into your life. Nutrition knowledge is easy to learn, but actually eating well on a busy day or if you are not feeling well can be a challenge. The RDN will need some background to help you with a plan to make healthy eating feel natural.
How can I best prepare for my initial visit with the RDN?
Give some thought to this question, “What would you like to accomplish from meeting with the RDN?” This is especially important if you have something in mind in addition to the reason your clinician is referring you.
What should I bring with me for my initial visit with the RDN?
Food journal: If you feel comfortable with sharing the details of how you are eating now, a 3-5 day food journal can be a great tool in helping get us started. Here is a link to a food journal you can use.
Packages, labels or websites for any vitamins, minerals, protein powder, other nutrition supplements or herbs you are taking.
What’s the difference between a registered dietitian nutritionist and a nutritionist?
Nutritionist is a popular term for people who work in any aspect of nutrition. Anyone may use that term; it can be used with no education, training or experience in nutrition or dietetics.
A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has the minimum of a 4 year degree in nutrition or dietetics, has completed at minimum, 1200 hours of supervised practice from an accredited dietetic internship, passed the Registration Examination for Dietitian and completes annual continuing education.
The Engemann Student Health Center RDN provides medical nutrition therapy for students who require a high level of nutrition care due to a medical diagnosis and uses evidenced based nutrition information to provide sound nutrition recommendations. The RDN is also able to work with your clinician or therapist to ensure that you are receiving comprehensive care.
Where can I get answers for my questions about the food at USC?
USC Hospitality registered dietitian, Lindsey Pine, is an expert on the food served in the campus restaurants. You can contact her at “Ask the Dietitian” on the USC Hospitality website.
What should I do if I have a food allergy?
If you are looking for food that is free of your allergen, contact Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN at “Ask the Dietitian” on the USC Hospitality website.
If you would like help with allergen free meal planning, grocery shopping cooking and eating in restaurants outside of USC, please see a clinician for a referral to the Engemann Student Health Center RDN.