25 Wellness Tips

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

Request healthy alternatives from vendors: In Oklahoma oven-fried chicken is a staple of the diet. It’s so popular you can’t eliminate it from the menu, but we wanted it to be healthier. So we asked our vendor to find a product that could work to make that dish healthier. The vendor found an oven-baked chicken that actually looks like fried chicken. So it has the same kind of coating and flavor profile, but we don’t have to fry it. We bake it in the oven. The students don’t really know the difference, but it’s a healthier choice. So utilize your vendors’ resources to find healthy alternatives to mainstay products.

—Terry Baker, university dining services director, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater 

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