Meet Your Dietitian

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am the campus dietitian for Liberty University Dining Services. I am here as a resource for you! We can meet if you have questions related to your general nutrition, a health concern like a food allergy/ sensitivity, a chronic disease, or weight management. I also provide programs throughout the school year to promote good nutrition and overall wellness.   

I received a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech in 2008.  I also completed a Masters of Public Health from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  Since graduation, I have worked in a wide variety of settings that add to my skill and knowledge in dietetics. I look forward to meeting with you and making your experience with Liberty Dining Services a great one!

Contact Rachel: 434-592-6116 // rachel.sanders@sodexo.com

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The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) has made a commitment to working towards a healthier future for the nation’s youth by helping the crisis of childhood obesity. Liberty University and many other colleges and universities across the U.S., are partnering up with PHA to create healthier campus'. 

In 2016, Liberty University signed The Healthier Campus Initiative, a Memorandum of Understanding with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) which commits Liberty University to meeting 23 guidelines centering around nutrition, physical activity, and programming on campus (ahealthieramerica.org/campuses/). Below is a list of the ten commitments Liberty Dining will implement related to food and nutrition. 

PHA Food & Nutritional Guidelines

1.    1) Offer a wellness meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

2.    2) Offer a minimum of 5 fruits, 5 vegetables, and 2 whole grains at lunch and dinner

3.    3) Offer fried foods that do not exceed the total number of dining platforms

4.    4) Offer and identify at least 3 desserts with less than or equal to 150 calories per serving

5.    5) Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving.

6.    6) Offer plant-based food option at every station serving meat.

7.    7) Implement a local food procurement program

8.    8) Offer trayless dining

9.    9) Make free water available in all dining, recreational, and educational facilities.

10. 10) Make available a Registered Dietitian for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students. 


PHA Wellness Meal Criteria*:

Breakfast

·        2 oz. whole grain serving equivalent

·        1 cup fruit and/or vegetable serving equivalent

·        1 cup low – fat dairy serving equivalent or 1 oz. lean meat serving equivalent

·        Less than or equal to 400 calories

·        Less than or equal to 10% calories from saturated fat

·        0 g artificial trans fat

·        Less than or equal to 460 mg sodium

Lunch & Dinner

·        2 oz. lean meat serving equivalent

·        2 oz. whole grain serving equivalent

·        1 ¾ cup fruit and/or vegetable serving equivalent

·        1 cup low – fat dairy serving equivalent

·        Less than or equal to 700 calories

·        Less than or equal to 10% calories from saturated fat

·        0 g artificial trans fat

·        Less than or equal to 800 mg sodium

*Look for signage at the Food Court at Reber – Thomas and Tilley Food Court in Green Hall for the PHA Wellness Meal of the Day.  

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The Gluten Intolerant Options Program (G.I.O.) was designed to allow students with a gluten dietary restriction to swipe for a gluten-free item at no additional charge. Students on this program must submit proper documentation and be approved by the Campus Dietitian. Students not on this program can still get gluten-free items at dining locations by simply paying an additional fee.

We take pride in sourcing wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. We are all passionate about serving students. From the general manager to front-line servers, we work diligently to address students’ specific needs, especially those with food allergies, Celiac disease, or special diet needs. In 2017, our program won Best Allergy Training at a University by Restaurant.org and AllerTrain. We also have a station in the Food Court at Reber-Thomas Dining Hall, Simple Servings, that is free from the 7 most common food allergies.

A team approach led by you, our educated consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year free of allergic reactions. We want to meet one-on-one with all of our customers who have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please call or send us a note using the feedback form.

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Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.