Eating Concerns Dietitian Services

Eating Concerns Dietitian Services:

The registered dietitian (RD) will work with students who are struggling with their relationship with food.  Whether an eating disorder, disordered eating or other eating concerns the RD will help the student explore their thoughts about food, body and/or movement, their eating behaviors and barriers to recovery. Individualized recommendations will be made in regards to nutritional needs, meal planning and weight restoration, as needed.

Nutrition Care Philosophy:

The RD utilizes an evidence-based, weight-inclusive philosophy. They embrace well-being independent of weight through a non-diet, Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating approach.  They focus on establishing life-long behaviors recognizing that weight is not a behavior.  The RD helps students develop a positive relationship with food by achieving adequacy and consistency without rigid rules or restriction.

To Schedule:

You can schedule your (initial) Intake Appointment by contacting Shannon Winke, MS, RDN, LD ( or calling (859) 257-8701. Email with any additional questions or concerns.


  • UK students taking six or more credit hours during that semester
  • UK students enrolled for six or more credit hours in the spring and fall may be seen over the summer
  • UK grad or professional students who are enrolled for thesis or dissertation hours
  • Please call (859) 257-8701 if you are unsure of eligibility

Additional UK Dietitian Services:

  • University Health Service (UHS): for general nutrition counseling or medical conditions please contact the appointment line (859) 323-2778 to schedule with the Nutrition Coach or thru MyChart.
  • UK Dining: Please contact Jessica Carter, RDN, LD (, for general nutrition counseling for students living on campus and eating on the meal plan.  She can also help manage food allergies when dining on campus.
  • UK Athletics: Please contact Monica Fowler, MS, RD, LD (, for sports nutrition needs as a student athlete. 

Supportive Information:

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating is an evidence-based practice that provides a self-care eating framework. It helps you relearn your body’s hunger and satiety cues to determine what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. Intuitive eating is learning to honor and trust your hunger, your food, your feelings, and your choices.


Benefits of Intuitive Eating




Disordered eating

Well-being and optimism


Variety of foods eaten

Emotional eating

Body appreciation and satisfaction


Body appreciation and acceptance

Loss of control eating

Interoceptive awareness

Binge eating

Pleasure from eating

Weight bias internalization

Proactive coping

Blood pressure

Psychological hardiness

Body dissatisfaction

Unconditional self-regard


Life satisfaction


HDL “good” cholesterol


HAES, or Health at Every Size, acknowledges that well-being and healthy habits are more important than the number on the scale. HAES works on disproving societal expectations of thinness by proving that health is independent of body size.

 Principles of HAES

  1. Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
  2. Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services.
  3. Respectful Care:  Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias.
  4. Eating for Well-Being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
  5. Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.


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