Eating is one of life’s great pleasures. It gives your body what it needs and what it wants. Normal eating relies on internal regulation of food. Yet cultural messages tug and pull you toward externally controlled eating. 

The articles and information you find here will help you explore your relationship with food and eating. You will also find lots of great information about foods, cooking, shopping, and kitchen skills.

But wait! There’s more!

If you act now, you’ll get a great bonus! When you are eating competent, you will:

• Have positive attitudes about food and eating!

• Be adventurous with new foods!

• Trust messages from your body to guide your eating!

• Make eating a priority by providing regular meals and planned snacks as you need them!

Why not weight?

This website is intentionally weight neutral. Despite what we often hear and read, weight is not a measure of health. If your goal is to monitor your health, there are health metrics that indicate your health status and measure how you are progressing. The number on your bathroom scale is not one of them.

Take care of your body—move in pleasurable ways, eat the foods you enjoy at regular intervals throughout the day, get enough sleep, take care of your emotional needs, seek preventive health care.

And let your weight settle where it will.

Our Approach

Our work is guided by Health at Every Size® (HAES) and The Satter Eating Competence Model:

HAES promotes flexible, individualized eating based on internal regulators that guide the type and quantity of foods you select. Flexible because your needs and desires vary from day to day, season to season, and across the stages of your life. Individualized because you pay attention to your own body’s needs and desires.

The Satter Eating Competence Model emphasizes listening to your body’s internal regulators, allowing all foods, and providing the structure and attention that assures feeding yourself regularly throughout the day.

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Food and Nutrition Counseling Services

Food and Nutrition Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for food and nutrition counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees and the spouses/partners of members of these groups.

To schedule an appointment with Health4U you are not required to email us from your MSU email address; please email us from the email address you are most comfortable with. 

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Departmental Services

The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

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