by Isabella Cenatiempo
The Bite App, Simple Servings and Mindful are a few initiatives Sodexo is using to meet Central Connecticut students’ nutritional needs, yet the food choices on-campus still seem to be falling short.
While the Bite App provides the nutritional value of foods being served everyday in both resident dining facilities, Sodexo doesn’t always have the healthiest of food choices.
Despite the fact that the Bite App includes calorie amounts, the app does not provide adequate information for students who are vegan, vegetarian or who have other dietary restrictions. Additionally, options for Devil’s Den are not featured on the Bite App.
With that being said, it seems as if Sodexo is advertising a wide variety of healthy food options, but in reality, they’re not.
Still, it’s obvious that Sodexo wants to improve the menu on-campus, as they often constantly send out emails and surveys asking for students’ opinions.
As of now, Sodexo has created the program Mindful that provides another healthy option for students; however, not all foods served by Sodexo are a part of this program.
According to the CCSU Sodexo website, the Mindful program makes it easier to make healthy choices for students “to control weight, blood sugar and other health issues.”
“Mindful is a program that makes choosing the healthy choice, the easy choice. Mindful foods balance nutrition with enticing flavors to create an indulgent way to enjoy a healthy lifestyle,” according to Sodexo. “Mindful meals follow the USDA’s plate design and include a vegetable, protein and wholesome carbohydrate such as whole grain. They also meet certain nutritional criteria.
Additionally, Simple Servings, which is located at the south side of Memorial Hall, is another alternative for specific health needs. About 75 percent of simple servings is part of the Mindful eating program. The south side of Memorial Hall is open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
To further foster students’ nutritional health, CCSU Dining partnered with RECentral and created a health challenge for March, as a part of National Nutrition Month.
One can only hope that because of these initiatives, Sodexo will begin to offer a wider variety of healthier food choices that are available to all students on-campus.