At UWA, dining means more than just ensuring students, faculty and staff are well fed. In terms of our core values:
- We’re committed to empowering you to make the healthy choices you’re looking for — and to helping you lead a healthy life.
- We’re passionate about dining programs that make it easy to eat well, and about nutrition and wellness programs that create a culture of health and well-being.
- We’re proud of our dining services team and their deep experience in working with you to help you find the food that fits your life.
- We’re connected. Our chefs and dietitians have years of experience, and our health experts leverage the latest science and health information from trusted organizations like the American Heart Association. Check out their latest healthy living ideas at FYP365.com.
Food That Fits Your Life
Brightly colored, leaf-shaped messages make better-for-you choices easy to find. It’s a simple way that can help you find the food that fits your life.
Eat Well selections make up over 30% of menu items on our residential dining menus over the semester. Our Eat Well selections contain nutritionally dense whole foods (i.e., fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, beans, lean protein) and are lower in calories, saturated fat and sodium.
Made with Whole Grains
Made with Whole Grain selections comprise over 15% of menu items on our residential dining menus through the semester.
Vegetarian and Vegan selections now make up over 30% of our menus. Our culinary team and dietitians assure that vegetarian selections contain no meat, fish or poultry.
Our vegan selections contain no animal products of any kind. In addition, vegan items cannot include dairy, eggs or honey.
Plant-forward selections feature a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes healthy plants at the center of the plate with a proportionally small quantity of animal protein.
Special Dietary Needs
If you have food allergies or special dietary requirements, our goal is to provide you with the tools and support you need. Our teams will work with you to enable you to dine with us safely and to be active in the management of your food allergy or food-related medical condition. We take into account your personal dietary needs and will make every effort to help you find food that fits your life.
- Reach out to our manager to make arrangements for specially prepared food when the daily menu offerings do not meet your needs.
- Email AskTheDietitian@aramark.com to contact one of our dietitians!
Our Menu Commitments
We’re committed to providing you with a broad selection of great tasting, healthy foods and beverages. In addition:
- Our menus are created by experienced chefs who have a passion for food.
- Our recipes are freshly prepared and made as close to the mealtime as possible.
- We feature fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low- or non-fat dairy options.
- We provide a vegetarian-friendly environment, with a variety of vegetarian or vegan choices.
- We provide calorie conscious choices and make nutrition information available for all the food we serve.
- When available, our menus include seasonal selections with local and sustainable products.
- We’re proud to serve culturally diverse menus, featuring traditional favorites, ethnic dishes and international flavors.
- We are reducing the amounts of sodium and unhealthy fats in our recipes and working with our suppliers to do the same with their ingredients.
- We recognize and accommodate special dietary needs in a personalized, sensitive manner.
- Our chefs and dietitians help take the mystery out of healthy eating with nutrition education programs and wellness events.
Ideas from Our Chefs & Dieticians
Feed Your Potential 365™ is an easy and totally free way to get the healthy living insights, ideas and information you need:
- Power Your Performance — with nutrition tips from our dietitians
- Get Inspired — with healthy recipe ideas, tips and tricks from our chefs
- Feed Your Potential — with health and well-being news you can use from experts at the American Heart Association
We’re Going Plant-Forward
Including more plants on our plates provides so many benefits, with a long list of positives for healthier people and a healthier planet.
What is Plant-Forward Dining?
Plant-forward is a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. With plants as the star of the plate, animal products can appear in smaller portions, often as a flavoring or garnish. Plant-forward goes one step beyond the many vegetarian and vegan options we continue to add to our menus. It further elevates plants as the lead ingredient, even when small amounts of meat, dairy, fish or poultry are included in a recipe. The plant-forward trend has proliferated, and it shows remarkable staying power. Research has shown that 60% of consumers want to reduce their meat intake and 62% want to eat more vegetables. It’s a major driver of today’s menus and our chefs are bringing a plant-forward approach to life across our locations.
Our Chefs in Action
To achieve our goal of increasing the plant-forward ingredients on the menu, we launched a major plant-forward menu innovation initiative to elevate the role of these healthy and more sustainable ingredients on our menus. Many of our chefs have enthusiastically participated in plant-forward culinary innovation workshops and contributed to the development of hundreds of new plant-forward recipes.
It’s a Win-Win-Win
Plant-forward is a “win” for nutrition. By adding more plants to the center of our plates, our recipes now contain less of the saturated fat and sodium that many get too much of in their diets, while also bringing more of the naturally wholesome, nutritionally dense benefits of plant-based foods.
Plant-forward is a “win” for flavor. By layering in fresh, healthy, ﬂavorful plant-based ingredients, our chefs are taking plant-forward dining to a whole new level.
Plant-forward is also a “win” for the environment since plant-forward meals are not just good for people, they’re also good for the planet. Putting plants at the center of the plate with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains while ensuring sustainably sourced and humanely raised animal proteins minimizes our environmental impact. By introducing more plant-forward recipes, we’re also helping to prevent deforestation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Have Questions About Health & Wellness at UWA
Want to talk to someone on our team about how we ensure the quality of our food and the health and well-being of the UWA community? Email us today!
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