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For Your Health

Fall Back into Fitness

Let’s start the school year strong with healthy eating and exercise habits! With shorter days and cooler air, the outdoor activities of the summer may be less compelling. Now is the perfect time to increase indoor physical activity, for the upcoming winter. Build a new indoor routine that you can do from the comfort of your own dorm room! Invite classmates over and find your favorite exercise YouTube channel or join your campus gym for weekly exercise classes, to get your heart pumping! Another suggestion is to take brisk runs or walks with friends between or after classes, to spend those remaining sunny days outside.

Healthy eating can be difficult during the fall and winter months due to the lack of sunlight. When we have less exposure to the sun, it can lead to a drop in our “feel-good” hormones. That can exacerbate the “end-of summer blues” and cause cravings for high carbohydrate foods. Instead of turning to a candy bar, take advantage of the great foods of autumn harvest to keep healthy. Make the most of your dining hall experience and start with a warm beverage to help you stay warm and hydrated. Then liven up the darker nights with some colorful vitamin-packed seasonal fruits and vegetables; squash, apples, pears, and roasted root vegetables. Eat foods that satisfy your hunger for longer, like hearty soups and stews, oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit, or braised meats and vegetables. Stay motivated, stay hydrated, and fall back into fitness this year!

Mindful Offering

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Chefs in our test kitchen develop recipes to meet these criteria in delicious fashion! Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

Being well and eating well means becoming aware of choices and making the right decisions to achieve a better today and a better tomorrow. Your Sodexo dining team is committed to offering you a wide range of options for a healthy dining experience. From recipes that include the most nutritious mix of ingredients to offering educational resources for positive lifestyle habits, healthy options are the result of a team dedicated to advancing the well-being of the entire campus community.

Another important part of our focus on health and wellness is the use of seasonal menus, featuring fresh and healthy ingredients - many of which are grown by local or regional farmers. Every season has its own unique produce that is showcased in delicious signature dishes to highlight the distinct flavors and natural appeal of seasonal items.

For students who have special dietary and nutritional needs we have informational resources and customized menus to address your needs. These menus meet the strictest compliance standards, without sacrificing flavor, texture or presentation.

Nutrition IconsSodexo's nutrition icons make it easy to identify healthy choices

Look for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires. If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your on-campus Sodexo manager or chef.

If you have additional dietary questions, please contact us so we can help! Sodexo has registered dietitians ready to answer your questions and help you make healthy choices.

In This Section
Quick Links
  • Mindful
    Learn more about making healthy choices second nature.
  • A Better Tomorrow Starts Today!
    Learn more about making smart choices for your health, for your community and for your planet
  • Meet the Dietitian
    Ask your health questions to one of our registered dietitians
  • Nutrition Tracking 
    Use MyFitnessPal and the Nutrition Calculator to plan and track your meals
  • My Plate
    Get healthy eating tips, create a personalized plan, and more with the latest information from the USDA

Better Tomorrow

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