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Sunny Side Up Nutrition

Aug 1, 2022

Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport have a conversation with Alison Crossley, a Registered Dietitian, about the transition from living at home to living away at university (or college, or boarding school!), and the unique challenges faced by students when it comes to fueling themselves once they leave home.

They discuss:

  • The many challenges college students face when it comes to food selection in food outlets on campus.
  • Recommendations for dealing with external cues, like calorie counts on food items.
  • How to manage harmful diet culture messaging like the “freshman 15”.
  • How parents can support their teens as they prepare to go away to college.
  • The importance for college students to eat an adequate amount of food to fuel their bodies and brains.
  • The role finances play in food selection both on and off campus.


Alison Crossley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and sports nutrition. Alison received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship through Simmons College in Boston, MA. Alison has professional experience specific to treating clients with eating disorders at multiple levels of care, including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. As a former collegiate rower, she also draws from her personal experience when treating athletes.