25 Wellness Tips

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

Show, don’t just tell: We believe in showing how to be healthy, instead of telling. This manifests in several ways including our UNH Wildcat Plate, which is a plate with graphics printed it on it. The graphics are modeled after MyPlate. We partner with Healthy UNH, a department tasked with making the university the healthiest university by 2020. Healthy UNH has a Healthy Eating Guide on its website that features a map of all the dining halls and shows what is healthy in each location. It drives back to our website to see the full menu for that day. On our own website, our dietitian shows how to compose healthy plates. This year we’re working on doing more cooking demos to show the students different combinations like a watermelon salad with feta and mint. We want to show them things that have a lot of flavor.

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

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