For Your Health
Hold the Line for the Holidays
While December is not a great time to plan for weight loss, avoiding weight gain is a great goal to make your New Year healthier and happier. Remember holiday eating does not have to be “all or nothing.” Eating one chicken wing isn’t a huge splurge, and remember the first one is always the most delicious. Forgive yourself and move along.
Here are some hints to help you through the season:
- Keep a healthy and non-perishable snack with you while shopping or running errands, to avoid spending time, money, and calories on fast food.
- Bring along a healthy dish to potlucks and parties. Shrimp cocktail is always a hit, but veggies and a dip made with plain Greek yogurt will also be popular!
- Move your body with outside and inside activity. Singing carols and drinking hot cider is festive without being fattening. Think of non-food ways to celebrate.
- Don’t skip breakfast. Get off to a good start with whole grains, fruit, and lowfat dairy products to keep you fueled.
- Remember that the holiday season is very difficult for some. Satisfy your urge to cook up something delicious with soup for an elderly neighbor.
- Eat your calories, don’t drink them. Keep a seltzer with lime in your hand at a party.
- Enjoy some of the treats of the season – pomegranates, clementines, fresh cranberries, baked apples, and roasted chestnuts.
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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 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.
Sodexo'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.
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- A Better Tomorrow Starts Today!
Learn more about making smart choices for your health, for your community and for your planet
- Meet the Dietitian
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- Nutrition Tracking
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- My Plate
Get healthy eating tips, create a personalized plan, and more with the latest information from the USDA