By Elisheva Zahtz on behalf of Features Staff
Each month, the YU Observer aims to highlight one club available to the YU undergraduate community. For the February issue, the YU Observer is highlighting “The Nutrition Club”
Club Name: Nutrition Club
Heads: Suri Lipsky
Relevant Campus(es): Beren Campus
What is your club’s mission statement?: Our club comes to connect nutrition students and to educate students about health, wellness and nutrition. We share tips, ideas, articles and events to support awareness and education.
Why is this club important?: Nutrition impacts everyone, and eating healthy is important for all of us. Having a space where people can come together and share their information and knowledge, talk about relevant topics and share our personal insights and experiences with other people allows for us to develop ourselves and our stances on nutrition in a well-rounded manner. Especially with so many students interested in Nursing and Health, this can be a great foundation for them. Medical students get surprisingly little education about nutrition.
What was your pull to get involved in the club?: I’m majoring in Nutrition and as an aspiring dietitian, I thought this was a great networking opportunity and way to meet people who were also interested in the field. But as I spent time, I realized that there was so much more to the club and I was learning and interested in the things being discussed with the other students. Not everyone is a nutrition major, and it’s great to hear their perspectives and share our opinions with one another.
What are some things your club has done in the past?: We’ve co-hosted events with the Psychology Club talking about Nutrition and Mental Health and have had Coach Gila come in to speak about the importance of healthy living. We had a speaker come in on behalf of Goodr last semester, to talk about saving food that would otherwise have been trashed, and using it to feed people in need.
What are some plans you have for this semester/future semesters?: We’re hosting an event this February (on the 8th) with the Shamayim Vegetarianism Club and talking about going vegetarian in a healthy way, and why you might want to.
What is your favorite OSL-provided food for club events?: Pizza always seems to be the crowd-pleaser! We also try to have food demos, before COVID, and have people making their smoothie bowls at the event and interacting with the food.
With COVID, how is your club adjusting?: Our WhatsApp group has grown, and we’ve switched from interactive events to more online speaker events, having people come to talk to club members on Zoom. We’ve been trying to bring in more new and exciting people to keep things interesting!
What is your advice to someone looking to get involved on campus?: Reach out to me [Suri Lipsky] and join the WhatsApp group! If you’re looking to create an event, or have something you want to talk about, we’re happy to help you plan it and get started!
Anything else to say about your club: Even if you’re not majoring in Nutrition, there’s always something new to learn. Come get involved, you’ll be surprised by the things you learn from hanging out! This impacts everyone and it’s important to develop an understanding of how nutrition affects you.
Are you a YU undergraduate club head interested in seeing your club featured in a future edition? Email us at email@example.com with your club name and the names of the club heads!