25 Wellness Tips

We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.

Implement mindless portion control: Portion control is huge for us. We looked at the nutrition content of, say, the muffins we were serving and we found that by reducing the size of the muffins by just one ounce, the item dropped 100 calories. Plus, customers didn’t really notice the change in size. So we’ve done a bunch of things like that. We had a 5-ounce bagel and we dropped it to a 4-ounce bagel. We had a 12-inch wrap and we dropped it to a 10-inch one. 

—David Hill, area manager, University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. 

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