Contact Information

Ashley Benson
Dean of Student Engagement
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

Office
Dahl Centennial Union 266F

abenson@luther.edu

Phone: 563-387-1020

Nutrition Services

 

Nutrition services are available and free to current Luther College students, faculty, and staff. Services include educational programs, resources, presentations to groups, classes and athletic teams, and individual nutrition counseling with a registered and licensed dietitian.

These resources consist of the combined expertise of Luther’s Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program staff, dining services, and campus nutrition consultant Anne Blocker.

Please email Anne Blocker (blocan02@luther.edu) with questions!

Learn More about Nutrition Services

Ready to make an appointment with the nutrition consultant? Make sure to fill out the Nutrition Questionnaire (PDF) [link to attachment] prior to your visit. The dietitian’s office is located in Larsen Hall.

Contact Anne Blocker with questions.

All information shared in individual appointments remains confidential.

Individual nutrition appointments generally consist of an overview of your current nutrition questions, goals, and resources. To best assess your current nutrition, we ask that you complete the Nutrition Questionnaire [link to attachment] prior to scheduling your appointment.

Appointments are part of the wellness services available to Luther students, faculty, and staff, and are typically scheduled on Mondays when the dietitian is available on campus. They are generally 50 to 60 minutes in length. Any follow-ups are agreed upon and scheduled with the dietitian. Follow-up sessions are typically limited to two to three visits. For more extensive nutrition counseling, off-campus arrangements may need to be made.

To schedule an individual appointment with the dietitian, please email Anne Blocker (blocan02@luther.edu) or leave a message at 387-1059. Or please contact Health Services at 387-1045. The dietitian’s office is located in Health Services.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, contact your health-care provider or call the area’s emergency phone number immediately.

Food allergies are an immune system reaction affecting numerous organs of the body. Food allergies are the result of the body mistakenly attacking a food protein. The offending food may trigger the release of histamine, resulting in such symptoms as hives, itching, swelling of the tongue and throat, trouble breathing, wheezing, drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and death. Symptoms may appear within minutes to hours after the person has been exposed to the allergen.

Diagnosis

A skin prick test or the allergen specific IgE antibody test are commonly used to determine if an allergy exists. The skin prick test can be done in a doctor’s office.

Common 8

The eight foods listed in food allergy labeling account for approximately 90 percent of allergic reactions.

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (such as cashews, almonds, walnuts)
  • Fish
  • Shellfish (such as crab, shrimp, lobster)
  • Soy
  • Wheat

Treatment

At this time the only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the offending food. If a product doesn’t have a label, it is best to avoid eating that food. There is no cure for food allergies.

Epinephrine is used to control severe allergic reactions. It is only available by prescription as a self-injectable device.

Norse Nutrition Tip!

Email Anne Blocker (blocan2@luther.edu), the campus Registered Dietitian, for nutrition questions and support.

Contact Information

Ashley Benson
Dean of Student Engagement
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

Office
Dahl Centennial Union 266F

abenson@luther.edu

Phone: 563-387-1020