Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education Coordinator

As part of our commitment to helping student-residents make healthy choices, UCLA Dining Services offers the expertise of our Nutrition Education Coordinator, Dolores Hernandez. As a Registered Dietitian (RD), Dolores is available to:

  • Answer your nutrition-related questions
  • Provide tips on how you can make healthy choices at our restaurants
  • Address your dietary concerns or special needs
  • Provide information on Dining Services and other nutrition-related resources

Dining Services Nutrition Initiatives

Gluten-Free Pantry  (Not available in the summer)

Gluten Free LogoUCLA Dining Services is pleased to offer the Gluten-Free Pantry to students with Celiac Disease, wheat allergy, and gluten intolerance.

The Gluten-Free Pantry is located at Bruin Plate, the residential restaurant in Carnesale Commons. The Gluten-Free Pantry is a separate, keycard-accessed room with a toaster, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer. A wide variety of gluten-free items are available to eligible students.

To Gain Access to the Gluten-Free Pantry, Students Need to Register:

Step 1: Register with the Disabled Students Housing Appeals Board (DSHAB), which is administered through the Center for Accessible Education.

Step 2: Have your medical provider complete the Assessment Form for Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and Wheat Allergy (provided by DSHAB).

Step 3: Return completed Assessment Form via mail, email (scan), or fax to:

Ed McCloskey, Chair DSHB
A255 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1426
Fax: (310) 825-9656

Step 4: Once this form has been submitted and approved by DSHAB, you will be notified of your acceptance and granted access to the Gluten-Free Pantry.

Please contact Dolores Hernandez if you have questions or need more information about this program at or (310)206-3193.

Offering gluten-free options is a trend in colleges and universities across the country. UCLA’s Gluten-Free Pantry was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, "Gluten Danger Puts Schools to the Test."

Wellness Meals

On September 8, 2014, UCLA joined 19 other college and university campuses across the nation to team up with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) for the Healthier Campus Initiative. This initiative was developed in an effort to help make campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around nutrition, physical activity and programming. As part of our collaboration with PHA, we have created a variety of wellness meals which adhere to specific food group and nutrient profile criteria.

The following is our Wellness Meal Criteria. To see suggestions for a specific Residential Restaurant, please visit Wellness Sample Menus.


Food Profile (amounts are minimums):

  • 2 oz whole grain rich grain (>50% whole grain) serving equivalent
  • 1 cup fruit and/or vegetable serving equivalent
  • 1 cup low-fat dairy serving equivalent or 1 oz lean meat/fish/poultry serving equivalent

Nutrient Profile:

  • ≤ 400 calories
  • ≤ 10% calories from saturated fat
  • 0g artificial trans-fat
  • ≤ 460mg sodium



Food Profile (amounts are minimums):

  • 2 oz lean meat/fish/poultry serving equivalent
  • 2 oz whole grain rich grain ( >50% whole grain) serving equivalent
  • 1-3/4 cup fruit and/or vegetable serving equivalent
  • 1 cup low-fat dairy serving equivalent

Nutrient Profile:

  • ≤ 700 calories
  • ≤ 10% calories from saturated fat
  • 0g artificial trans-fat
  • ≤ 800mg sodium

The Student Nutrition Awareness Campaign (SNAC)

SNAC LogoThe Student Nutrition Awareness Campaign (SNAC), a service of the Bruin Resource Center, has a wealth of information available online, including shopping strategies and “Cooking for College Students” tip sheets. SNAC also provides information about weight management, body image, fitness, and supplements via informational table tents on all dining tables in the residential restaurants.



Nutrition Information Resources & Links

UCLA Resources

Services Logo


Other Resources


UCLA Dining Services

Sproul Hall | 360 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1367