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Sharon Collison - University of Delaware. Newark, DE, US

Sharon Collison

Clinical Instructor, Health Behavior and Nutrition Science | University of Delaware


Sharon Collison provides medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in University of Delware's Nutrition Clinic.




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Lightened Chocolate Coffee Cheesecake with Mocha Sauce




Sharon Collison is a Registered Dietitian and Instructor of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Delaware. Sharon completed her B.S. degree in Food Science and her M.S. degree in Human Nutrition with a concentration in exercise physiology at the University of Delaware. Sharon provides medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in the Nutrition Clinic with expertise in weight management with a body positive/intuitive eating approach, eating disorders/disordered eating, healthy aging, sports nutrition, cardiovascular and wellness nutrition. She has presented as a speaker and written several CEU articles for Today’s Dietitian on topics including nutrition and exercise strategies to reduce/prevent sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass and muscle function with aging) and impact of foods on inflammation and disease. She is board certified as an interdisciplinary specialist in obesity and weight management and maintained board-certification as a sports dietitian from 2008-2023. She is passionate about eating disorder awareness and prevention and is involved with the National Alliance for Eating Disorders as an affiliate of the local chapter and by co-leading support groups in Wilmington, DE. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys cycling, hiking, tennis, cooking, developing recipes, entering cooking contests, and reading. She won the grand prize, $100,000, at the Southern Living Cookoff in 2005 for her chocolate coffee cheesecake with mocha sauce.

Industry Expertise (3)


Health and Wellness

Food and Beverages

Areas of Expertise (5)

Weight/Health at Every Size

Weight Management

Sports Nutrition

Healthy Aging

Eating Disorders

Media Appearances (12)

How much protein do you actually need? Consider these factors.

National Geographic  online


Sharon Collison, dietitian and instructor of clinical nutrition at UD, was featured for her expertise on protein consumption.

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What Are Macros?

Forbes  online


There’s no one-size-fits-all macronutrient profile for an ideal diet, Sharon Collison told Forbes. “It’s really dependent on one’s body size, weight goals and metabolic wellness, as well as food preferences.”

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14 Healthy Food Swaps That Taste So Good

Real Simple  online


Just a couple of decades ago, a glass of OJ was considered an essential part of breakfast, and too many of us still think of sugar-laden juice as a healthy drink or smoothie ingredient. A better choice: plain old coconut water. "It has electrolytes, including potassium, and a lot less natural sugar," says Sharon Collison, RD, clinical instructor of nutrition at the University of Delaware.

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How To Boost Endorphins Without Exercise

Huffington Post  online


"Laughter physiologically stimulates the production of beta-endorphins," Sharon Collison told the Huffington Post.

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Decrease Inflammation and Enhance Immunity for the Athlete

Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LD  online

In this podcast, Sharon Collison discusses what inflammation is, how to reduce inflammation with diet, which foods are anti-inflammatory, and how to enhance immunity in the athletic population.

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How To Boost Endorphins Without Exercise

Huffington Post  online


According to Sharon Collison, a registered dietitian and instructor of clinical nutrition at the University of Delaware, many studies have shown that “laughter physiologically stimulates the production of beta-endorphins.”

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Galveston Diet Review 2023

US News Health  online


One of the health benefits of the Galveston diet is that it emphasizes consuming healthy, nutrient-dense foods that research suggests can reduce inflammation in the body, says Sharon Collison, clinical instructor of nutrition in the department of behavioral health and nutrition at the University of Delaware.

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Louisiana’s favorite breakfast food, where to find it in Baton Rouge

BRProud  online


A Delaware-based registered dietitian by the name of Sharon Collison was quoted in Time magazine as saying, “People who consume breakfast regularly often have increased physical activity. They have better dietary profiles and lower intake of snacks. Skipping breakfast is associated with increased disease risk — not only obesity but diabetes, heart disease and just lower dietary quality.”

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Soy, oat, almond, coconut or another? How to find the healthiest milk for your needs.

The Washington Post  online


Flax is another nutty-tasting option worth considering, at about 25 to 60 calories per cup, just about 2.5 grams of fat (negligible saturated fat) and minimal sugar (zero grams if you buy unsweetened). This alternative is “generally similar in nutrition to nut-based milks” but creamier, according to Sharon Collison, a registered dietitian and instructor of nutrition at the University of Delaware.

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The Healthy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving to Fight Holiday Battle of the Bulge

Newsweek  online


Registered Dietitian Sharon Collison of the University of Delaware is an avid cook, and winner of the Southern Living Cook Off in 2005. She offered up the best healthy side dishes to cut calories this year.

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Local collagen supplement users say it helps reduce wrinkles, cellulite

The News Journal  online


Proponents say collagen can help reduce wrinkles and cellulite as well as strengthen hair and nails. One Penn State study indicates it might help with joint pain. But others, including Sharon Collison, a registered dietitian nutritionist at University of Delaware, are hesitant to endorse the trend because there's not enough information about how effective it is and what the best dosages are.

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Bid bacon bye-bye: Deemed cancer risk

The News Journal  online


Though dangers of smoking, asbestos and processed meat vary, researchers concluded that consumption of processed meat especially carries an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Specifically, 50 grams of processed meat a day, about 1.75 ounces, increases the risk by 18 percent. This isn't exactly new information, said Sharon Collison, a nutritionist and behavioral health professor with the University of Delaware, but it should still get people to look at their processed meat consumption.

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Articles (5)


Today’s Dietitian

2019 This continuing education course reviews the impact of sarcopenia on the aging population, its pathophysiology, and prevention and treatment strategies.

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Health Benefits of Dried Plums

Today’s Dietitian

2019 This continuing education course reviews the role of dried plums as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents and examines clinical trials to date that study the effects of dried plums on health.


Today’s Dietitian

2017 This continuing education course reviews the origin of chocolate, how cocoa and cocoa products are made, the bioactive compounds in cocoa and cocoa products and the mechanisms by which they exert healthful effects, and research studies that investigate the health benefits of cocoa. It also provides recommendations for consumption of cocoa and dark chocolate for health benefits.

Tart Cherries

Today’s Dietitian

2016 This continuing education course reviews the inflammatory process with regard to disease and unaccustomed exercise, the role of tart cherries and tart cherry juice as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, and clinical trials to date that have studied the effects of tart cherries in athletic and clinical settings.

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Curcumin and Inflammatory Diseases: Learn About Its Potential Role in Prevention and Treatment

Today’s Dietitian

2014 The spice turmeric has been used for centuries not only to flavor, color, and preserve foods but also as a medicinal remedy, and it has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammatory disorders.

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Accomplishments (1)

Winner, Southern Living Cook Off (personal)


Education (2)

University of Delaware: MS, Human Nutrition

University of Delaware: BS, Food Science

Affiliations (1)

  • National Alliance on Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention

Languages (1)

  • English

Event Appearances (4)

"Nutrition and Exercise Strategies to Delay and Prevent Sarcopenia"

(2021) Today’s Dietitian Annual Symposium  

"Nutritional Strategies to Combat Diseases of Inflammation"

(2016) ChristianaCare Sports Medicine Conference  

“Nutritional Strategies to Combat Diseases of Inflammation”

(2016) Division of Medicare and Medicaid Nurses Conference  

“Five Hot Topics in Sports Nutrition”

(2013) Delaware Dietetic Association Annual Conference