Overview of Our Nutrition Program
The goal of our program is to enable, educate and encourage people of all ages to adopt and lead healthier lifestyles. The program recognizes various food preferences and allergies among a large campus population and is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of its students, providing nutrition education and spreading nutrition awareness. For more information about our programs, please contact our Registered Dietitian.
- Our onsite Registered Dietitian (RD) is involved in student and parent nutrition counseling for those with special dietary needs and works closely with the culinary team to ensure student’s dietary needs are being accommodated. Individual students are able to meet with the RD, managers and chef to make arrangements for specially prepared food when the daily menu offerings do not meet their needs.
- RD collaborates with the chefs in developing and planning a four-week menu cycle that incorporates a variety of menu options to satisfy a number of special diets (made without gluten, vegetarian, vegan, etc.)
- Highlight healthy menu options in both our dining halls and food courts on campus with “Smart Choice” options. “Smart Choice” options must meet specific nutrition criteria according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and FDA standards, taking into account each item’s macronutrient and micronutrient content.
- Celebrate “Meat ‘less’ Mondays” to help reduce meat consumption by 15% to improve personal health and the health of the planet. Every Monday, in both dining halls, vegetarian options are offered at the World's Fare, Pasta, Pizza, Grill, Wrap and Sushi stations. Garden and/or black bean burgers are also available at the Grill stations.
- Recognize and flag the top eight allergens in all menu items: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
- Our RD, managers and chefs regularly educate food production staff on the severity of food allergies/intolerance and how to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Staff is also trained on appropriate serving sizes to emphasize portion control as it relates to healthy eating, weight management and food waste.
- Extensive Allergen Guide developed to help guide students with food allergies to healthy and safe eating habits while utilizing the dining halls and retail locations.
- Throughout the year, we collaborate with student and campus organizations to involve the students in nutrition education and awareness through weekly programs, events, cooking demos and tablings.
In cases where it is advisable that you not come to the dining halls, it is recommended that you designate a Flu Buddy. A Flu Buddy would be someone who does not show Flu symptoms that can pick up food for you. Learn more about your Flu Buddy Program options here. In order to send a buddy, please fill out the Flu Buddy sheet and bring it with you to Rams Head Market, Top of Lenoir or Rams Head Dining Hall.