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Self Care
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Budget Friendly
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Eating On Campus
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Nutrition Resources
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Ask The Dietitian


Self-care includes intentional activities that contribute to overall mental, emotional, and physical health. Good self-care can help relieve stress and give you the tools to manage the expectations and challenges of school.


Eating a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of foods from all food groups, is an important element of self-care. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel. Choosing nutrient-dense foods, such as whole grains or low-fat dairy, will give you the energy you need throughout the day.


Exercise provides stress relief and improves physical health. Choose to be active in a variety of ways that you enjoy—walking, swimming, jogging, biking, or hiking. The best exercise is the one you will actually do!


Take time for yourself to relax and calm your mind. Try meditation, yoga, breathing, journaling, listening to music, or talking with someone you feel close to.


Getting enough sleep is essential to overall well-being. Sleeping 7-9 hours a night can improve physical and mental health, leaving you refreshed and energized for the day.


If you would like more help by talking with a professional, students have access to FREE counseling services right on campus.

Budget Friendly


Make a grocery list based on all meals and snacks you would like to eat for the week. Stock up on pantry staples, such as canned goods, rice, or seasonings, which are often cheaper when purchased in bulk.


Cooking big batches of food during the weekend can make it easier to eat meals at home during the week. Some foods such as meat or rice can be prepared in advance and used in a variety of dishes later on. Repurposing leftovers can help you go further with the food you buy.


Make dinner with roommates or friends or join a dinner group. Sharing meals with other people can help you to have meals including all the food groups and save money.



Walk, Bike, Ride the Bus

Clear the air by using sustainable transportation. Walking, biking, or riding the bus (UTA or the Ryde) to campus can increase physical activity and be more environmentally friendly.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

From using energy and water efficient equipment to reclaiming food waste into fertilizer, BYU Dining Services is a leader in collegiate recycling. You can help by recycling paper, plastic, and cans in recycling bins found around campus. The Cannon Commons recycles cereal bags through Terracycle accumulating points used to donate drinking water to individuals in developing countries.
To learn more about BYU’s Sustainable Practices, visit

Eating on Campus

Fitpick Foods


Look for the Fit Pick Label at dining locations and vending machines around campus. Fit Pick guidelines:

  • 10g or less of fat
  • 3g or less of saturated fat
  • 20g or less of sugar
  • 230 mg or less of sodium
  • Note: the values listed are the upper limit and as calories decrease, the allowances for fat and sugar decrease accordingly

Other tips

  • Portion distortion. Pay attention to your own feelings of hunger and fullness, rather than eating more or less than what you need from portions at restaurants and dining halls.
  • Add color to your plate. Choose fruits or vegetables as a side with your meals.
  • Rethink your drink. Drink water instead of sugar sweetened beverages.

Nutrition Resources

Food Allergies and Special Diets

Nutrition and allergen information can be found on the Dining Locations Feature of the BYU Mobile App. The app can be used to filter out any of the eight major allergens.

Nutrition Counseling

For additional help, contact the dietitian, Kaitlin Kartchner. She is available as a resource to students for discussing their nutritional concerns or dietary needs and helping to resolve any problems with dining on campus.

Ask the Dietitian

Kaitlin Kartchner, MS



BYU Dining Services
180 USB, Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602


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