Better Me understands that each person leads a different lifestyle and has a different set of goals which they want to achieve. We believe the secret to health, no matter your goal, is finding a healthy balance.

Better Me can help faculty and staff with their dietary needs and provide guidance for living an overall healthier lifestyle.  Our team includes a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified health fitness specialists. Better Me works together in a cohesive and committed manner to improve the health of each person we serve.

Research has shown that a nutritious food plan can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and osteoporosis. The Better Me program encourages healthy eating among faculty and staff, emphasizing balancing fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, and fish, and avoiding processed foods, added salt, sugar and trans fats. 

Healthy eating tips

  • Avoid added sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  • Artificial trans fats are unhealthy and should be avoided.  Choose heart healthy fats like olive oil, olives, nuts and seeds.
  • Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are good for you and should be included with every meal.
  • Don’t drink your calories. Avoid soft drinks and processed fruit juices. Stick with water, milk or tea.
Which is more effective for weight loss? Nutrition or Exercise

Have you ever asked this question? The quick answer is: “It totally depends on you!” Better Me supports the role of nutrition for better health and weight management. However, we fully recognize the significance of exercise as an essential component to health and weight management. Exercise can:

  • Promote weight management and reduce the risk of obesity
  • Reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure or reduce blood pressure in those who already have high blood pressure 



Good health and your body composition are primarily dictated by what you eat and drink, (80%). What constitutes healthy eating?  Can you make good decisions most of the time?  Think: 80/20 rule.