Parents can rest assured, the University of Michigan is serving up something healthy and tasty for your student, including those with food restrictions and sensitivities. And now, we're using new technological resources in the process.
In addition to carefully planned menus, Michigan Dining offers one-on-one counseling with registered nutritionists and online tools to guide students in making good choices. Electronic wall menus in dining halls show the day’s selections with icons and logos noting nutrition and allergen information.
Culinary and Nutrition Support Specialist Lindsay Haas, MPH, RD notes:
We strive to serve everyone’s nutrition needs and make sure our dining halls are inclusive. Parents of students with allergies can have peace of mind that their student will have plenty of options in the dining halls.
With a database of 10,000 recipes using 40,000 ingredients, U-M chefs prepare a daily variety of dishes that include gluten-free, halal, vegan and vegetarian selections. MHealthy dishes are specially designed as low-fat, low-sodium, and reduced sugar. Additionally, many ingredients are procured locally in support of sustainable purchasing. Haas explains:
We go to regional farmers for meat, fresh produce, and all our dairy, so we know we’re getting the most nutritious ingredients. It’s also a priority for us to support our local economy.
More information for parents and students is available through Michigan Dining, including:
- The U-M mobile app, can be downloaded through iTunes or Android. It provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack menus, nutrition and allergen information, and hours of operation for all dining facilities.
- The MyNutrition tool allows students to preview menus, scan allergen alerts, and filter out what they can’t eat through advanced searches.
- The independent MyFitnessPal offers access to the entire UM recipe database along with the ability to track food intake and exercise goals. Just search for “Michigan Dining” when entering meals in the food diary.
And the great news is that all of these services are available to your students whether they live on or off campus! Parents of off-campus students can go to Michigan Dining to purchase an optional meal plan or load up the student’s ID card with Blue Bucks, the campus currency used for on-campus dining, laundry and shopping.
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