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To help freshman residents easily find our dining locations on campus while promoting sustainability, we give them reusable mugs with a campus map design that highlights our dining locations.

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With all the talk about empty calories from the sugar in sodas and juices, we have installed hydration stations with signs that say, “Water—The Best Choice.” The signs...

We provided our students with what we call an international spice rack. We wanted our students to have the opportunity to make their food the way they wanted. Spices such as garam masala, Chinese...

We cook items for mass feeding from recipes we find in magazines. Students trust these recipes because they are from a magazine like Cooking Light. We have the magazine right on the serving line as...

We plan on putting together boxes of shelf-stable gluten-free items. Students who are on a gluten-free diet will be able purchase those items with their meal plan. This program is slated to begin in...

We try to use variations on practiced menu items. For example, instead of a standard pasta bar, we try to use lighter menu items such as fresh crushed-tomato sauces, egg-free pasta and...

We have quarterly theme parties. I usually choose the theme, but last quarter I asked the residents to choose the theme. They decided on a Valentine’s Ladies Luncheon in which the men would...

On our patient menus, we added walnuts and raisins as toppings to our breakfast hot cereal. The goal was to increase Omega-3 and fiber on the heart-healthy menu and to provide something to help...

We wanted to highlight less-processed items at our c-store. We wanted to focus on items that had short ingredient lists. So we created an icon that we put at the point of sale highlighting items with...

We were looking for ways to get our senior residents to actually try new healthy choices. Just putting them on the menu didn’t work. We set up a cooking presentation where the residents...

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