Peer Nutrition Education Program – now in Nechako Wellness Hub!

Where can I access the Peer Nutrition Education Program?

Mondays 2-4pm in the Nechako Wellness Hub (NHC 251). There will also be a booth at the UBCO Farmer’s Market (November 21 and December 5) in EME. 

What is the Peer Nutrition Education Program?

The Peer Nutrition Education Program aims to provide credible, general nutrition information to students, debunk common nutrition myths, and provide students with practical skills to make food choices to support their wellbeing. Nutrition Peers are supported by the Campus Wellness Dietitian. This program was formerly the Nutrition Education Centre overseen by Dr. Sally Stewart (School of Health and Exercise Sciences). You many see the Nutrition Peers at events around campus, like the UBCO Farmer’s Market – keep an eye out for them!

If you have a request for a workshop or presentation, please email kaitlyn.thorplevitt@ubc.ca.  

History of the Peer Nutrition Education Program

The Peer Nutrition Education Program was previously called the Nutrition Education Centre (NEC). The NEC was started by faculty member Dr. Sally Stewart, who teaches nutrition courses in the Faculty of Health and Social Development. The NEC started in 2011 when Dr. Stewart had a vision where students could access basic nutrition support from other students, while also providing students the opportunity for leadership and innovation in the area of food and nutrition.

Through the NEC, peers have led workshops, hosted an annual healthy bake sale, hosted the annual THRIVE Breakfast for Champions, shared Kindness Cookies at exam time, promote Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and organize Mirrorless Monday.

The NEC grew to include a partnership with Campus Wellness, who opened the Wellness Hub in Picnic in Jan 2023. The NEC moved locations into the Wellness Hub, and is now a program run in partnership with Sally, the HKIN practicum placement program, and Campus Wellness. The name was updated to the Peer Nutrition Education Program.