Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lauren Cohen

Meet Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen, RDN, LDN, received her Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Oregon State University. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Previously, Lauren worked as a Supermarket Dietitian, connecting consumers to healthy choices at the grocery store. Now, Lauren is excited to share her passion for community wellness and culinary nutrition here at the University of Cincinnati.

Contact Lauren

When you need trusted, evidence-based, and practical nutrition information regarding dining on campus, please contact Lauren Cohen at 513-374-6974 or complete the form below!

How Can a Registered Dietitian
Nutritionist Help?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert that can provide guidance, counseling, and simple solutions to creating a healthy lifestyle. Dietitians can help separate fact from fad, in a society where nutrition is trending. They can translate nutritional science into every day practical choices.

It is our belief that discovering and choosing the right foods can propel you forward, help you succeed, and keep you healthy. Our dietitian knows that eating healthy can often be a challenge- but she is here to help guide and empower students to make the best choices.

Our RDN is available for consultations with students with special dietary needs. Individual and group tours with students, parents, and campus organizations can be scheduled to help familiarize the university community with the numerous healthy options and resources on campus. Keep an eye out for our dietitian, Lauren, as she will be hosting nutrition events around campus all year.


Five Tips for Eating in the Dining Centers

Choose My plate proportion diagram

USDA My Plate Portion Guideline

  1. Eat Balanced Meals - A great way to ensure you are getting optimal nutrition is to model your plate after the USDA My Plate Guidelines. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, a quarter of your plate a lean protein source and the other quarter a whole grain. Also, strive to include three servings of low-fat dairy per day.
  2. Be Creative! Use multiple stations in the Dining Centers to create healthy meals. For example, on Taco Day, utilize the Taco Station for ground beef and salsa. Then visit the salad bar to get salad greens, black beans, corn, peppers, etc. Combine all ingredients and you’ve got yourself a healthy taco salad! Don’t be afraid to try new things!
  3. Choose Water - it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day in order to stay focused and alert. Water recommendations vary based on gender, height, and weight, age, activity level, etc, but the common recommendation is to drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day.
  4. Don’t Skip Meals - Consistency is key and hanger is real! A steady eating schedule will help prevent over-eating and low blood sugar. It will also help you stay happy and focused.
  5. Ditch the Diet Mentality - It is important to make nutritious food choices in our Dining Centers, but this doesn’t mean you can never have a Bearcat Claw again. All foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. Stick to portion control and everything in moderation.