For Your Health
Love your Heart - February is Heart Health MonthWe’re just a few weeks into the new semester, and already the stress levels are climbing. Back to the usual quick fix, right? There’s nothing that shouts “college” like loading up on the caffeine, packaged snacks and energy drinks to push through the emotional rollercoaster. Back to the grind! Power through! We'll sleep when we’re dead!
Now hang on a second.
What happens when the years of sleepless sugar binging finally catch up to us? I’ll tell you what happens: Poor eating habits, high stress and physical inactivity lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure that can lead to heart disease. And heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have it today—and about 610,000 of that soaring number lose their lives to it annually.
February is Heart Health Month, and Sodexo is prepared to give you everything you need to nip this awful disease in the bud. We encourage you to be more physically active, suggest healthy substitutions for your guilty pleasures, remind you of what a heart healthy, balanced plate looks like, and much more.
Our first three suggestions for Heart Health Month:
- Choose food items low in sodium, added sugar and trans fats, replacing these items instead with ingredients that come from the earth (like fruits and vegetables). Check for the Mindful icon.
- Coordinate about 150 minutes of physical activity a week with friends and family. The more, the merrier! (Substitute a bus ride or car ride for a walk to class, and you may have gotten 30 minutes in doing an activity you’re required to do anyway.)
- Remind yourself and your loved ones to schedule frequent check-ups at the doctor’s office to watch for signs of high blood pressure and cholesterol. Early intervention saves lives.
This month, start loving your heart with all your heart.
Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Chefs in our test kitchen develop recipes to meet these criteria in delicious fashion! Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.
Being well and eating well means becoming aware of choices and making the right decisions to achieve a better today and a better tomorrow. Your Sodexo dining team is committed to offering you a wide range of options for a healthy dining experience. From recipes that include the most nutritious mix of ingredients to offering educational resources for positive lifestyle habits, healthy options are the result of a team dedicated to advancing the well-being of the entire campus community.
Another important part of our focus on health and wellness is the use of seasonal menus, featuring fresh and healthy ingredients - many of which are grown by local or regional farmers. Every season has its own unique produce that is showcased in delicious signature dishes to highlight the distinct flavors and natural appeal of seasonal items.
For students who have special dietary and nutritional needs we have informational resources and customized menus to address your needs. These menus meet the strictest compliance standards, without sacrificing flavor, texture or presentation.
Sodexo's nutrition icons make it easy to identify healthy choices
Look for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires. If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your on-campus Sodexo manager or chef.
If you have additional dietary questions, please contact us so we can help! Sodexo has registered dietitians ready to answer your questions and help you make healthy choices.
Learn more about making healthy choices second nature.
- A Better Tomorrow Starts Today!
Learn more about making smart choices for your health, for your community and for your planet
- Meet the Dietitian
Ask your health questions to one of our registered dietitians
- Nutrition Tracking
Use MyFitnessPal and the Nutrition Calculator to plan and track your meals
- My Plate
Get healthy eating tips, create a personalized plan, and more with the latest information from the USDA