Wegman’s School of Health and Nutrition

Overview

The Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition is dedicated to researching and addressing today’s critical health issues, including obesity, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, and other risk behaviors. In addition to housing majors in exercise science, dietetics and nutrition, and nutritional sciences, the school seeks new ways to influence and advance the fields of health and nutrition through practical solutions that positively impact individuals and community health.

Mission

Engineer effective health and nutrition education to be a reasonable adventure that is… feasible, sustainable, compelling, and rewarding.

Strategic Goals

  • Design new baccalaureate and advanced degree programs in health and nutrition to align with the shifting needs of a complex planet.
  • Continue to grow and refine the nutrition and exercise science programs.
  • Coordinate and implement our vision through the Nutrition Education Engineering & Designs (NEEDs) Center.
  • Partner with stakeholders in industry, business, and government services to be a sound source of health and nutrition education
  • Collaborate with researchers and practitioners engaged in clinical research with educational aspects.

Engage in policy development to support efforts in health and nutrition education.

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Undergraduate majors

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Areas of research

Latest News

  • April 1, 2019

    Woman stands in front of artwork.

    Battling ‘hidden hunger’ in mothers and children

    As a graduate student in Ghana, Brenda Abu witnessed the toll of anemia, a condition that afflicts as many as 70 percent of the children and 45 percent of the women in that West African nation. Her experiences convinced Abu to pursue a career researching nutrition, specifically looking for ways to reduce anemia in mothers and their children.

  • December 4, 2018

    Woman measures arm of child with strip to determine anemia.

    Students study anemia in Ghana

    Students in RIT’s Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition spent two weeks traversing Ghana as part of a global research experience to learn more about the toll of anemia on the West African nation’s women and children.

Undergraduate Degrees

Nutrition, diet, and exercise can have a remarkable impact on our health. The undergraduate degrees offered by the Wegmans School focus on educating students on how to help others reap the benefits of healthy nutrition and regular exercise, and the many ways healthy living can improve our overall well-being.

Work with people of all ages, cultures, and economic means to apply nutritional science to help their clients address health, nutritional, and wellness needs.

Learn More about Dietetics and Nutrition BS 

Scientifically address issues of health and fitness by focusing on how people can recover from the unhealthy effects of chronic lifestyle diseases and on training athletes to extend and expand their performance.

Learn More about Exercise Science BS 

Immediately join the workforce as a fitness professional while giving yourself a deeper understanding of the human body and its respective functions.

Learn More about Exercise Science Certificate 

Combining nutrition, biology, chemistry, and behavioral health to design and administer health, nutritional, and wellness programs in industries and settings as diverse as athletics, hospitality, education, and federal nutrition programs.

Learn More about Nutritional Sciences BS 

Minors and Immersions

The exercise science minor includes foundation sequences in anatomy and physiology upon which the basic principles of exercise physiology, fitness assessment, and the preparation of fitness programs are built. The minor prepares students to sit for professional certification examinations for work in the fitness industry, provides understanding of sports physiology for those interested in sports equipment design and technology, and complements and enhances personal fitness.

Learn More about Exercise Science Minor 

The nutritional sciences minor enhances a student’s major with a focus on nutrients and human nutrition issues. The study of nutrients includes knowledge about their sources, metabolism, and relationship to health. Nutritional status impacts medicine, health care policy and promotion, global relationships, issues in anthropology and sociology, exercise science, food systems, hospitality, and behavioral health.

Learn More about Nutritional Sciences Minor 

Facilities

  • Three students and a faculty member working on laptops around a table
    NEEDs Lab

    The mission of the Nutrition Education, Engineering, and Designs (NEEDs) lab is to engineer and design research and evaluation services that foster promotion and delivery of evidence-based health and nutrition education.

  • Student engaged in virtual reality boxing
    The Fitness Lab

    The Fitness Lab houses state-of-the-art equipment utilized by exercise science students to gain hands-on experience conducting fitness assessments and testing. Fitness services, such as fitness assessments, are also provided by exercise science students to the RIT community.

     

Research

The Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition is dedicated to researching and addressing today’s critical health issues such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, and other risk behaviors. The school seeks news ways to influence and advance the fields of health and nutrition through practical solutions that positively impact individuals and community health.

Research and outreach efforts that focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating school- and family-based interventions to effectively address childhood obesity and promote healthy habit development. 

Visit website: http://sbcopl.chhs.colostate.edu/

Curriculum designed to educate children, parents, and preschool providers on the principles of the Division of Responsibility in Feeding and USDA Core Nutrition Messages. Collaborators includes Volunteers for America (https://www.voaupny.org/childrenscenterroc) and YMCA of Greater Rochester (https://rochesterymca.org/child-care/).

Visit website: https://www.needscenter.org/

Cleaned.Cut.SNAP is a pilot project that evaluates point-of-sale financial incentives for SNAP participants to encourage the purchase of fresh vegetables, including "Cleaned and Cut" vegetables at select Foodlink Curbside Market mobile farmer’s market locations and select Wegmans Food Markets in Rochester, NY.

View PDF: https://www.needscenter.org/

Anemia is a persistent micronutrient deficiency affecting women and children across the African continent. This research project provides educational opportunities for students to learn about nutrition-related childhood anemia issues of developing countries and the programs and interventions being implemented to address the problem. Collaborators include PointHope International (https://pointhope.org/look-at-us-africa/) and University of Cape Coast (https://ucc.edu.gh/).

View PDF: https://www.needscenter.org/

NEEDs Center

The mission of the NEEDs Center is to engineer and design research and evaluation services that foster promotion and delivery of evidence-based health and nutrition education. The NEEDs Center is administered out of the College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Learn more about the work of the NEEDs Center by reviewing our research and resources:

Read more on the NEEDs Center website

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