University of Buffalo dining officials confirm students are eating healthier

UB has also added more vegetarian options, low-fat yogurt bars, soy milk and more.

Sept. 23—For years, University of Buffalo dining officials have heard students talk about eating healthier: What we really want are more vegetables, fruits and whole grain foods. And when it was meal show time and the students had to choose, they did what they always have done. They grabbed pizza, burgers and fries.

Not any more, say campus dining staff and management. UB officials watching over student eating habits have noticed some unmistakable shifts. Not only are students saying they want healthier food options, they actually are eating that way.

“Over the past few years, our Campus Dining and Shops has received an increase in comments from students, faculty and staff looking for food that reflects an increased awareness of eating healthier and staying fit,” says Raymond Kohl, marketing manager for UB Campus Dining and Shops.

“Chicken wings, pizza and burgers are always going to be student favorites, but we also hear and see students making sensible choices,” says Kohl. “From the steel-cut oatmeal at Jamba Juice to the fresh fruit parfaits at Bert’s, our customers are looking for a variety of healthier eating options.

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