Student Health


Nutrition Services at Duke University encourages an environment that educates, supports and facilitates a student’s ability to develop life long healthy eating behaviors; provides nutritious food plans that allow students to nourish their bodies while feeding their minds; offers a high level of clinical care in a respectful and caring manner; educates students by implementing ongoing campus-wide nutrition initiatives and works collaboratively with other support organizations in order to deliver the highest level of nutrition services possible.

The Student Health Center’s Nutritional Services include dietary intervention for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes or hypertension, weight management, disordered eating, sports performance issues, or consultations to improve dietary habits. Group counseling session are available upon request please contact us for more information 919-613-1218.

Toni Ann Apadula, RDN, LDN, CEDRD Nutritionist is located at The Oasis in the Bell Tower Building on East Campus, can be reached at 919-613-1218.

Kate Sayre, MPH, RDN, LDN Nutritionist located at Duke Student Health Center on Flowers Dr., can be reached at 919-681-5934.

Franca B. Alphin, MPH, RDN,LDN CSSD, CEDRD  can be reached at 919-613-7486. She takes new appointments and sees patients at the Wilson Recreation Center.

You can also follow nutrition information on  Facebook or Twitter.

Initial consultations are 45 minutes and follow-up appointments are usually 30 minutes. For immediate dietary assistance, check out the information below.

For additional information, please call 919-681-9355.

Nutrition Resources & Information

Food at Duke

Join the discussion and keep up with all things food at Duke. The blog covers food issues from several perspectives, including academic, culture and religion, dining and culinary, farms and gardens, nutrition, student engagement and sustainability. Follow for a wealth of information.

Vegetarian and Vegan Resources

Looking for information on how to adopt a healthy vegetarian or vegan eating plan?
We recommend the following sources to help you get started:

Disordered Eating/Eating Disorder Information

Information for Students with Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating and Body Image Concerns
Duke Student Health and Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recognize that there is a broad spectrum of eating and body image issues that impact our students' health and emotional wellbeing. This impact can often affect a student's success and progress in their chosen academic program and can put a strain on our community environment. At Duke, we have professionals including Registered Dietitians, Physicians and Therapists who are able to assess and refer students to appropriate services in the community. We strive to provide timely assessment and referral to support students with eating and body image concerns as they engage in the level of care and recovery work that is appropriate for them at their stage of illness.

For additional information, please call 919-681-9355.

Eating Behavior Screening Tool

Curious to know if your eating habits are healthy? Take an anonymous self screening on eating behaviors and get instant feedback.

Click here to find out more.

Cook's Corner

The Cook's Corner tips and recipes can help you maintain a balanced plate, the key to good nutritional health. Maintaining a health diet doesn't mean giving up good food. Discover how tasty recipes can and a balanced diet go together, event desert.

Have questions? Email a Student Health Dietitian.

Duke Dining Nutrition and Dietary Information

Staying healthy and fit starts with eating right, and at Duke, there are plenty of healthy dining options available. Duke Dining is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with a variety of nutritious food choices on campus. Check out nutrition and dietary information on the Duke Dining site.

The Big Three: Carbohydrates, Protein & Fat

This tutorial explains the macronutrients, types and dietary considerations to help guide you in making balanced meal choices. In Part 1 we talk about carbohydrates which are the main fuel source for our brains and muscles.