We decided through focus group feedback that our freshman struggled with understanding the allergy-friendly options or options for students with diabetes on campus. In response, we decided to have a dinner the first few weeks of classes to let some of these students know what was available and let them network with their peers and others with allergies or diabetes. NC State Dining chefs prepared menu items based on foods from cultures around the world where life expectancy is statistically high. From delicious sliced sweet potatoes to savory Ikarian-style roasted chicken, students were able to sample global dishes free of allergens.

Lisa Eberhart
Director of Wellness and Nutrition
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, N.C.