Nutrition post from Bibliography

This week for CLA class we had to turn in a bibliography of sources that relate to our topic which will help us in posts or for information relating to our topic.

For this weeks post I decided to focus on one article which stood out to me on the challenges college students face surrounding healthy eating habits. This article was written by USA Today and one of the main points within it is about our nutrient deficiency within the fruit group. Students will often go to dining halls and plan or hope to eat a healthy and nutritious meal for themselves but end up leaving eating the slice of pizza, ice cream, or other unhealthy options due to the look of or lack of healthy food options. “A study showed that adults are trying and failing to fit in the average government recommended 4.5–5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day — a struggle that is familiar to college students” (USA Today.) A common happening within college campuses is students eating no fruits whatsoever.

I am not a whole group or population but I can admit that today at the dining hall I did not have any fruit within my meal I had a meat and cheese sandwich with a salad but…no fruit. I do commonly try to incorporate fruit within my meals; but considering I am picky it is not always easy finding options for fruit. I normally eat at 17th dining hall and one common pattern I notice there is the little selection of fresh fruit options. Usually I will see apples and then there is usually one small section with pears, or melon, sometimes bananas but I feel as though if there were better fruit options and better preparation within the fruit section at our dining halls, more fruit would be consumed.

I do question if one of the reasons as talked about in this article on shortage of fresh fruit is because of the high prices on fruit. I do however believe if that is the case that both the University of Minnesota and all universities should incorporate funding for healthy foods into their budgets because it is important to keep college student populations healthy.

The University of New York ran a campaign regarding healthy food promotion on campus. They conducted surveys about students eating habits/choices. This helped them to decide to put nutritional information for the food, which was wanted by a majority of students who did the survey. The campaign is hard because students already don’t have much money, considering they are in school so this is an expensive option. Another issue is that the cafeteria staff fears changing their options on scarce that they will lose money on new changes.

“Nonetheless CUNY’s ambitious healthy eating program has made some serious strides so far. Over two years, about 125 student advocates have been trained to campaign for healthier foods on CUNY campuses. Based on research and polls of students and faculty, CUNY CHeF has released a report recommending strategies that the each individual CUNY campus, and the community as a whole, can take to improve healthy food options for students” (USA Today.)

I do feel as though this campaign is a great idea and this should be promoted worldwide for campuses. I also agree as it says in this article that campuses can promote healthy eating by providing better healthy and fresh options in the dining hall and reduce the amount of unhealthy options within the dining halls. If healthier options are wanted by the majority of students we can make this change. If there is an increasing aspiration for healthy options, dining halls will have no choice but to meet this demand. I believe the best thing to do is promote this among the University of Minnesota and among all campuses.

Citations

Massa, Annie. “Food for Thought: The Challenge of Healthy Eating on Campus.” USA TODAY College. USA

Today, 13 July 2012. Web. 06 Nov. 2015.

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