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Nutrition Assessments

The UTK nutrition department and Be Well are collaborating on a new initiative that will provide free nutrition assessments to faculty and staff, while providing nutrition students a hands-on learning experience. Students will be learning and refining their skills related to conducting common nutrition assessments with supervision and guidance from faculty in the nutrition department.

What is required?

  • Must be a UTK employee
  • Must be able to commit to the entire program


What are the benefits?
  • Free nutrition assessments
  • Participants receive results from all assessments
  • Guided nutrition education about results
  • Providing a student a hands-on learning experience


Program Outline

Meeting 1- Individual

Week of January 27-31

  • 24-hour recall – will ask participants to recall everything they ate and drank during the prior 24 hours.
  • Food-and-Nutrition related history- will ask participants different questions about their eating habits (if they cook, if they eat out, any signs of food insecurity).
Homework for participant:
  • Write down everything they eat and drink for 2 additional days (one week-day and one weekend day) and email/send/give to student for analysis.
Meeting 2- Individual

Week of February 17-21

  • Student provides an analysis of the 3 days of intake (24-hour recall plus 2 day-record) to participant.
  • Physical Activity questionnaire.
Meeting 3- Individual

Week of March 9-12

  • Student provides feedback on physical activity assessment.
Measurements and Physical Exam:
  • Student measures participant’s: height, weight, arm span, waist circumference, knee length (possibly also thickness of skinfold in upper arm, back and waist).
  • Student performs a non-invasive nutrition-focused physical exam looking for signs of muscle loss, fat loss, vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Meeting 4 – Individual

Week of March 23-27

  • Student provides feedback to participants about measurements and physical exam:
    • BMI interpretation
    • Estimated energy needs
    • Estimated protein needs
    • Estimated fluid needs
    • Vitamin and mineral needs
  • Student compares the participant’s needs to his/her intake (based on the diet record) and physical activity assessment.
Participant Questions:
  • Participant asks questions about nutrition that student will research before next meeting.

For more questions about the program and requirements, please email Aida Miles (

There will also be an interest meeting held on Friday, January 10th from 11:30am-12pm in the Student Union room 362B. Please RSVP below if you would like to attend.