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Nutrition to Improve Athletic Performance
The nutrition program at Indiana University Health Sports Performance provides the guidance that athletes need to support rigorous training. Guidance is also available to those who simply have personal fitness goals, such as weight loss and increasing muscle mass.
Common Nutrition Topics
Athletes, teams and fitness participants who come to us for nutrition guidance often have specific topics and goals in mind:
- Daily nutrition needs
- Meal planning
- Healthy snacks
- What to eat before, during and after workouts and sports
- What to eat on the road
- Losing weight while gaining muscle mass
- Fueling the body for exercise
Board-certified nutritionist Heather Fink provides highly personalized guidance on these topics and any other nutrition-related needs.
How Nutrition Counseling Works
Team nutrition programs start with a nutrition assessment that may run from a half hour to two hours. In this assessment, Heather addresses the team’s sports-specific needs and provides guidance on such important topics as hydration, supplements and meal planning for busy families.
Individual counseling is more detailed and personalized. The initial session begins with a health history questionnaire and a three-day food record. This first meeting lasts 1.5 hours and includes:
- Discussion of the health questionnaire and food record
- Dietary recommendations
- Discussion of food preferences
- Sample meal plans
Nutrition goals such as:
- Better hydration
- Choosing the best snacks for maintaining energy
- Choosing the best foods for recovery after workouts
Who Can Benefit From Nutrition Counseling?
Athletes at every level, from grade school to professional, can benefit from improved nutrition and dietary intake. Adults with special fitness goals and concerns are also candidates for nutrition counseling, including:
- Older adults needing to lose weight while maintaining muscle mass
- Adults needing to lower their cholesterol
- Adults wanting to improve their fitness
About Nutritionist Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a registered dietitian and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. She has degrees in dietetics and kinesiology, and is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Specialist®. Heather has been providing nutrition, fitness and wellness programming to individuals, corporations and athletic teams for more than 15 years.
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