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Sports Nutrition Services

The IUP Sports Nutrition Services (SNS) is directed by Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RD ( and staffed by graduate students of the Department of Food and Nutrition. SNS is sponsored by the IUP Department of Food and Nutrition and the Athletic Department.

Location: G21-B Memorial Field House

Phone: 724-357-3094

Office Hours: Available on the answering machine

Sports Nutritionist

Rachel Springer (

SNS is a nutrition service provided to athletes and coaches to assist IUP athletes in optimizing their athletic performance through good nutritional habits.

Goals of SNS

The goals of SNS are as follows:

  • To inform and counsel athletes and coaches about healthful nutrition habit
  • To assist the departments of Food and Nutrition and Sports Medicine with educating dietetic and nutrition students, as well as student trainers, about sports nutrition
  • To provide sports nutrition education and practical experience to Food and Nutrition graduate students

Services provided include individual consultations, team and small group presentations, informational bulletin boards, and newsletters. The SNS counsel and educate athletes about several nutrition topics, including enhancing athletic performance, gaining weight, losing weight, eating disorders, and supplements. Team presentations are 15- to 60-minute-long presentations regarding nutrition topics, such as the importance of carbohydrates in performance, fluid replacement, protein needs, eating on the road, pre- and post-competition eating, supplements, ergogenic aids, and safe and effective weight loss or weight gain.

We provide research-based dietary practices to support sport specific goals and overall good health. Athletes and coaches are welcome to e-mail, stop by during office hours, or schedule an appointment with the sports nutritionist.

Nutrition for Recovery Document icon
Gold Medal meals athletes are provided with some brief tips on how to eat on the road. It also includes suggestions on what to eat at the cafeteria, based on the daily menu choices.
SNS Newsletter Document icon
This newsletter from March provided athletes with information on what foods aid in recovery, in order to improve performance.
  • Food and Nutrition Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 102
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4440
  • Fax: 724-357-3007
  • Office Hours
  • Monday–Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.