Healthy Eating

A nutritious diet and physical activity form the basis of good health. It is critical for your success as a GW student that you figure out how to adopt a healthy diet that will fuel your studies on campus and promote a healthy lifestyle once you graduate.

Eating a healthy diet is easier than you think. The GW dining plan provides you great flexibility on where and what you eat.

It may take a bit of research and planning to figure out what’s best for you. While there are some basic guidelines, we all have different bodies, activity levels, potential food allergies and dietary restrictions. There is no one-size fits all approach to a healthy diet but, there are resources to guide your food decisions and help you make sustainable choices.

Natalie Coppola

GW Dietitian

Natalie is a Registered Dietitian. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Dietetics at James Madison University. She completed her dietetic internship at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She is originally from Syracuse, New York. She has worked with adolescents with eating disorders/who struggled with disordered eating behaviors as well as in acute care clinical settings. In her free time, Natalie enjoys hiking, reading, and trying new food and eatery's.

Other facts about Natalie: 

I am a Buffalo Bills fan! 

Breakfast is my favorite meal.


GW Resources for Healthy Eating


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Natalie is available for appointments with students with nutritional concerns. Make an appointment by emailing [email protected].




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Healthy Eating Events

GW Dining Representatives host various events monthly that incorporate healthy eating. 



Sustainable and Healthy Eating at GW


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Food Allergy Guide

As part of the university's commitment to ensure every student has access to quality nutritious meals, GW Dining operates a robust food allergy station, Pure Eats, in each of its Dining Halls. Pure Eats eliminates the top 9 allergens (milk, eggs, nuts, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, wheat, soy and sesame) from the menu allowing students with food allergies to have a worry-free dining experience. 

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GroW Garden

The GroW Garden is a collaborative project that brings together the GW community to grow food in an urban environment. The GroW Community hosts a CSA program in partnership with Community Foodworks. Students can use their GWorld to purchase a share of fresh, local produce that is delivered to campus weekly


GW Food Institute

The GW Food Institute is home to faculty and student scholars engaged in research about all things related to food, from sustainable agriculture to the way diet and meals shape human society. Follow @GWFoodInstitute to be up-to-date on food-related events and research taking place on campus.

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Eat your veggies and support local farms by participating in Community Supported Agriculture. Once a week you'll receive a box of produce and from a local farm. Pay with GWorld and pick up at the GroW Garden.