Wellness Programs, Classes & Events

Meal Kit Monday

Let us make your meals fast, easy, and delicious! Forget those expensive meal delivery services and pre-order meal kits from our Wellness Kitchen. Pick up your ready-to-cook, four-serving meals at the Wellness Kitchen inside the Rec & Wellness Center every other Monday between 4:30-5:30 p.m.

You can select from three different recipes each Meal Kit Monday and order multiple meal kits. The pre-measured ingredients and directions are included; each meal takes less than an hour to prepare.

Registration closes at midnight on the Wednesday prior to pickup.

$15 per meal kit.

For more information contact:
Brenna Schmader, MS, RDN, LMNT
Nutrition Education Coordinator
bschmader2@unl.edu
402-472-0880
402-472-3467

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CookWell Classes

The Wellness Kitchen hosts monthly interactive cooking classes where you can expand your culinary skills, nutrition knowledge, and cook with others on campus.

Each month we will explore a new topic, as well as prepare and enjoy up to three recipes for each 1.5-hour class.

We provide the ingredients, recipes, equipment, and clean-up. Recipe cards and an informational handout are included.

$10 per person per class.

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Request a Class

Looking for a fun party or group activity? Try a private instructional cooking class or a cooking demonstration. You pick the time, theme, and menu from our options below.

Each 1.5 to 2-hour class is led by a member of our team to assist and educate every step of the way. Each person will be involved in the cooking process and have a meal to enjoy at the end of class.

We provide the ingredients, recipes, equipment, and clean up. Recipe cards and an informational handout are included.

$25 per person per class.

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Nutrition Consultations

Do you...

  • Eat on the run + survive on "hit-or-miss" meals?
  • Feel chronically fatigued or routinely lack energy to train at your best?
  • Constantly cope with a stressful lifestyle?
  • Desire tips for sports nutrition + meals/snacks for pre-/post-workouts
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Wellness Blog

Follow along with our Wellness staff as we present on current wellness topics.

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Wellness Videos

Watch as our Wellness staff prepare nutritious snacks and dishes.

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Meal Kit Monday

CookWell Classes

Request A Class

Looking for a party or group activity? Try an instructional cooking class. We offer a wide variety of classes from cooking for heart health to cooking on a budget. Each person will be involved in the cooking process and everyone will take a meal home at the end of class. View the classes we offer in the list below.

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Kitchen Rental

Rent the Wellness Kitchen for your next party, team building activity, or staff meeting. Kitchen Rentals include access to all kitchen supplies and equipment including 2 ovens, gas stovetop, instant pots, blenders, a microwave, and much more! Rent the kitchen for a $50 flat fee + $14 per hour.

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Nutrition Consultations

Meet Brenna Schmader, our Registered Dietitian, for individual nutrition counseling regarding any of the following topics and more.

  • General healthy eating
  • Meal planning
  • Nutrition for an active lifestyle
  • Eating well on a budget
  • Plant-based nutrition
  • Relationships with food
  • Mindful eating
  • Weight management
  • Nutrition for any lifestyle
  • Heart health
  • Gut health
  • Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities
Student + Member
Starter Pack

$90

1 – 1 hr. initial consultation

2 – 30 min. follow-ups with additional add-ons for more sessions

Community
Starter Pack

$120

1 – 1 hr. initial consultation

2 – 30 min. follow-ups with additional add-ons for more sessions

To sign up for Nutrition Services, please reserve a time via Mindbody below for the service you desire. Payments for services will be due at the time of the appointment. For questions regarding the sign-up process, please contact Brenna Schmader at bschmader2@unl.edu or 402-472-0880.

Wellness and Nutrition Education Mindbody Guide
Brenna Schmader, registered dietitian

Hello, I'm Brenna!

I graduated in May 2022 with my master's degree in Community Nutrition and Health Promotion after spending six years here at UNL completing my undergraduate and graduate programs. I'm a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist. I grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska as an only child in a family of ten. I enjoy staying active and spending time outdoors. I also like listening to music, drawing, spending time with my cat, and visiting coffee shops and bakeries. I'm passionate about health equity, diversity, and inclusion. My practicing philosophy is to meet people where they're at; making holistic, contextualized recommendations. Everyone is the expert of their own life and health looks different for everyone.

Do you have any food and nutrition-related questions? Feel free to schedule a consultation or stop in and say hi! You can contact me at bschmader2@unl.edu or 402-472-0880

Wellness Blog

Anti-Inflammatory Diet - August 26, 2022
Anti-Inflammatory Diet Blog
The Basics of Mindful Eating - August 19, 2022
Blog: Mindful Eating
Breaking Down Detox Diets - August 12, 2022
Detox Diets Blog Post
The Truth about the Ketogenic "Keto" Diet: Breaking It Down - August 5, 2022
Ketogenic DIet Blog Post
Intuitive Eating - July 29, 2022
Intuitive Eating Blog Post
Mental Health and Nutrition - July 22, 2022
Mental Health & Nutrition
A Guide to Gut Health: Simplifying Pre and Probiotics - July 15, 2022
Pre & Probiotic Blog Post.pdf
All About Intermittent Fasting - July 8, 2022
Intermittent Fasting
The Scoop on Supplements - July 1, 2022
Scoop on Supplements
Summer Hydration -June 24, 2022
Summer Hydration Blog

2020

Food Insecurity on College Campuses - July 17, 2020
Food Insecurity on College Campuses by Carly Hillburn, Dietetic Intern, UNL Wellness Team
Benefits of Beets - May 22, 2020
Blog: beets by UNL Wellness Team
How to Eat for Better Sleep - May 15, 2020
How to Eat for Better Sleep by Hannah Thompson, Dietetic Intern, UNL Wellness Team
Spice Up Your Life - May 1, 2020
Spice Up Your Life by Lauryn Bille, Dietetic Intern, UNL Wellness Team
Setting Value Based Goals to Fit Your Lifestyle - April 24, 2020
Setting Value-Based Goals to Fit Your Lifestyle by Hannah Thompson, Dietetic Intern, UNL Wellness Team
Chia Seeds for Fiber, Protein, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids - April 17, 2020
Chia Seeds for Fiber, Protein and Omega-3 Fatty Acids by UNL Wellness Team
Portion Check - April 10, 2020
Sean | Portion Check by UNL Wellness Team
A Complete List of Your Pantry & Freezer Staples - April 3, 2020
Copy of blog post pantry

Wellness Videos

The Wellness Kitchen at Campus Recreation is committed to following all COVID guidelines as outlined by the university.
Face masks will be required within the space at all times and food will be taken to-go in provided containers to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
We will also work to limit shared utensils, equipment, and ingredients as much as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation.