The Big Picture: Health & Wellness

In this section: Gluten-free dining, making menus healthier, health and wellness trends, employee wellness programs, stealth health and incentivizing healthful purchases.

Operations, Especially on College Campuses, Add Gluten-free Menu Options

When Michele Wilbur, R.D., joined the staff of Cornell Dining four years ago, gluten-free options were something specially prepared for the rare student who’d been diagnosed with celiac disease. Today, Cornell University has a Gluten-Free Task Force, gluten-free bread available at every sandwich station, a retail outlet that sells primarily gluten-free items and classes on gluten-free cooking for the culinary staff.

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