Nutrition Services

Welcome to the webpage for Nutrition Services at UCI’s Student Health Center!

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a nutrition expert who applies this high quality nutrition care in our clinical setting focusing on the management of diseases and disorders. The MNT process includes nutritional diagnostic, therapy, and counseling services for the purpose of disease management. Nutrition Counseling is a supportive process to set priorities, establish goals, and create individualized action plans which acknowledge and foster responsibility for self-care. Depending upon your insurance coverage, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) may need to refer you for MNT prior to you scheduling a nutrition services appointment. Please call SHC’s Billing Office at (949) 824-8098 to discuss insurance coverage for nutrition services as well as fees or copays that may be applicable.

How to Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with our RDN, please call (949) 824-5304. Patients are seen by appointment only. Appointments to see the RDN at SHC are currently available on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Personnel

Jody Margolis, MS, RDN

Jody has been dedicated to educating people on nutrition for over 20 years. She is a graduate of University of California, San Diego and holds a Master's Degree from Boston University in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. Jody is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and holds a Certificate in Training by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Weight Management. She has been on the Expert Panel for O.C. Parenting Magazine and speaks for national organizations on nutrition and wellness. In addition, Jody is a member of the California Dietetic Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Can Help You With:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Diabetes*
  • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Hyperlipidemia
    • Hypertension
  • Digestive Disorders
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Celiac Disease
    • Food Allergies/Sensitivities
  • Overweight/Obesity
    • Weight Management/Weight-related disease prevention
*patients with newly diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetes may need to be referred to a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

How Long Does a Nutrition Evaluation Take?

Initial nutrition consultations are sixty (60) minutes in length. Follow-up visits are thirty (30) minutes in length.

What If I Don't Need Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Students can also meet with our RDN at UCI’s Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion (former Health Education Center) for free nutrition counseling/education sessions on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. These sessions address non-medical nutrition related topics including:

  • general nutrition advice
  • food label reading
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • grocery shopping on a budget
  • improving energy

Contact Jody Margolis, MS, RDN directly via email at margolj1@uci.edu to schedule an appointment at the Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion for a free nutrition counseling/education session.