Food Allergies & Intolerances
Are you concerned that your food allergy restrictions are preventing you from meeting your nutrition needs? Our nutrition experts are committed to helping you develop a well-balanced plan of eating to meet your health goals while strictly avoiding your food allergens.Food Allergy & Intolerance Resources for BU Students
Support for students with food-related medical conditions
Common food allergens include, but are not limited to, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy. If you are concerned that you might have a food allergy but have not yet received an official diagnosis, we recommend that you visit a board-certified allergist. For more information about food allergy diagnosis and testing, visit Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
Our RDNs are also specially trained to help you manage food intolerances. Food intolerances are nonimmunologic adverse reactions that may cause uncomfortable symptoms. Common intolerances include lactose intolerance, non-celiac gluten intolerance, and FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols).
Our RDNs are participating providers for:
- Aetna Student Health
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare
Register for an appointment with one of our experts today.
Individuals Outside the University
We encourage you to check with your insurance company to determine if your health plan includes a nutrition counseling benefit. Register below using our secure communication system, and our Staff Coordinator will contact you to answer any questions you may have and schedule your first appointment.
SCNC RDNs are available to:
- Provide education and support for a newly diagnosed food-related medical condition.
- Provide support to students managing an existing condition at Boston University.
- Liaise between students and Dining Services to ensure that students’ dietary needs are met on campus.
- Provide training and access to the Gluten Free Pantry.
Students at nutritional risk are eligible for up to five one-hour nutrition counseling sessions per academic year at no charge. Students requiring more than five visits per academic year may continue to work with their SCNC RDN on a fee-for-service basis. Students may be eligible for health insurance coverage for these visits, depending on their healthcare plan. Deductibles, copayments, and/or coinsurance may apply.
Gluten Free & Special Meal Accommodations are available:
To prevent cross contact, access to the Gluten Free Pantry is limited to students who attend a training session with a RDN. Upon successful completion of the training, access is granted via the student’s BU Terrier Card. Students are required to complete a re-training session each year to renew their access to the pantry.
To learn more about the Gluten Free Pantry, and additional resources for Boston University students and prospective students with food-related medical conditions, please click here.
BU Faculty & Staff
The SCNC offers a unique Risk Factor Management Package as part of BU’s health and wellness program. The package is designed for BU employees with cardiac risk factors such as a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher, diabetes or prediabetes, and elevated blood pressure or cholesterol. BU employees with digestive disorders are also eligible for this program. This package is based on the scientific evidence about nutrition and activity for health promotion, and safe and effective weight management. Participants are guided through an assessment of their nutrient needs in order to establish realistic goals for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, in keeping with their lifestyle demands and constraints, food restrictions and preferences, and health goals. Skills and strategies for meal planning, dining out, food shopping, and recipe modification are emphasized. This package includes up to four individual sessions with an RDN.
Package Fee for BU Faculty & Staff: $50