National Nutrition Month

USF Dining Services/ARAMARK is proud to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to celebrate National Nutrition Month®.  With the theme of "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day," this year’s National Nutrition Month recognizes that while food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns can all impact individual food choices, the development of a personalized healthy eating style is essential.

"National Nutrition Month highlights the importance of making informed food choices that work for each individual’s lifestyle and nutritional needs," said Christina Berry, Registered Dietitian, USF Dining/ARAMARK.  "We are committed to providing the campus community with a menu that features a variety of healthy options and supports consumers’ changing preferences."

During the month of March, USF Dining Services/ARAMARK will celebrate National Nutrition Month with several nutrition events and promotions:

MyPlate Dinner Combos March 1- May 10:
Promotes a nightly dinner menu combination that meets MyPlate guidelines and encourages healthy eating at Juniper Dining, Champion’s Choice, Bulls Den Café, and Fresh Food Company.

"Favs" Made Fit March 18- 22:
In coordination with National Nutrition Month, Residential dining locations will feature Eat Well versions of traditional ‘Favs’. These items are typically highly acceptable items made to be lower in calories, fat and sodium.

Meat Out Event with USF Student Group S.P.E.A.K March 21 11:30am-1pm MSC Amphitheater:
Our Registered Dietitian will be tabling at the event, helping students to become more exposed to the benefits of a plant based diet.

Meet the Dietitian: Our Registered Dietitian will be at each dining hall promoting healthy eating and helping students make better choices.

Juniper Dining: Monday, March 18th 11:30am-1:30pm
Fresh Food Company: Wednesday,  March 20th – 8am-10am
Bulls Den Café: Tuesday, March 26th - 11:30am-1:30pm
Champion’s Choice: Thursday, March 28th – 12pm-2pm


In addition to the on-campus events, here are a few ways students can "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Personalize your eating style:
The easiest way to get the nutrients your body needs is to eat healthy foods you enjoy. Finding good-for-you foods that please your palette makes eating healthfully special and exciting.

Eat for your lifestyle:
Athletic, vegetarian/vegan, corporate and family lifestyles all have special nutritional needs, but eating right can be easy and tasty with attention to those foods that best help get you through the day.

Incorporate cultural and ethnic traditions:
Foods from around the globe often incorporate an abundance of unique, flavorful and nourishing ingredients. Keep traditions alive and bring the world to your family’s table.

Keep health concerns in mind:
A healthful eating plan can help prevent and treat a variety of health concerns. With modification and moderation, you can still enjoy many of your favorite foods while meeting your nutritional needs and health goals.

Make MyPlate your plate:
Fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables; keep protein portions lean and about three ounces; make at least half of your grain choices whole grains; and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy.

Additionally, students can utilize the free CampusDish mobile app to review nutrition information for menu items, search for items by nutrition content, and more.  Available for iPhones, iPads and Android phones, the app provides instant access to on-campus nutrition information.  Students can also visit www.usfdining.com to learn more about healthy meal choices on campus.