25 Wellness Tips

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

Feature celebrity chefs’ healthy recipes: Many peers have celebrity chefs come to campus and many schools offer recipes from home, so we wanted to look for a different twist on that. We wanted to engage our chefs, so we asked each chef in each operation to adopt a cookbook and throughout the school year they feature recipes from that book. It’s called Cooking by the Book. In the resident dining halls, every other week they do a full menu from the cookbook. In the past couple of years, I’ve asked them to look at chefs who have focused on healthier foods and vegan cooking. It’s fun for our chefs and gets some different types of healthy items into the menu mix.

—Tim Dietzler, director of dining services, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. 

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