Healthy eating can be challenging for busy student-athletes attempting to excel in the classroom and on the field. The University of South Carolina Athletics Department recognizes the need for a well-balanced diet and proper hydration to thrive in sports and academics. To help student-athletes minimize nutritional challenges and optimize their performance, the athletics departmentís sports dietitian serves as an involved member of the sports medicine team. The sports dietitian provides nutrition education and counseling to student-athletes, coaches and athletic training staff. Understanding that appropriate food choices and meal timing enhance performance and gains, the sports dietitian is also involved in planning travel meals, one-on-one and team nutrition education, nutritionally related health issues and designing Training Table menus.