What is the Y.E.S. program?
The Y.E.S. program is designed to help you learn to make healthy food choices. It involves a series of table cards with important nutritional information, information sessions, and this website, which posts important information online.
Why are the portion sizes in West End at Cochrane Hall so large?
West End Market was designed to be similar to a restaurant that you might find somewhere other than a college campus. Since the trend today is for restaurants to serve large portions, West End Market is following the trend. Unfortunately, some of the portions are larger than some people should be eating. Sharing with a friend can be a good idea in this case, or just eat half now and save the rest for later (see safe handling of meals to go section). To get an idea of standard portion sizes, go to the American Cancer Society website.
Are there healthy foods in any of the dining centers?
Yes! There are lots of healthy choices in the dining centers. Although there are some choices that are higher in fat or sugar than other choices, it's important to remember that all foods can fit into any healthy lifestyle. If you make your choices based on the three basic principles of healthy eating: balance, moderation, and variety, you will have a healthy eating plan in all of the dining centers.
Is the nutrition labeling in the dining centers and on the web page accurate?
In an effort to help students and faculty understand what they are eating, Dining Services strives to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date nutritional information. To provide this information, we locate nutrient information on hundreds of products via manufacturers, the USDA database, and package labels for foods served in Owens Food Court at Owens Hall, D2 at Dietrick Hall, Hokie Grill & Co. at Owens Hall, Turner Place at Lavery Hall, and West End Market. Using this information, we are able to create a database with nutrition information on the hundreds of food items that we use every day to create your meals. All nutrition information is generated by computer system to analyze each recipe on our menus. This enables us to give you the most accurate information possible. Sometimes recipes change due to changes in products or feedback from our customers. When these changes take place, the nutrition information is updated on the computer system, which immediately updates the web page. So when you see something that has changed, it is because we have had to change our recipes or a product used to create that menu item.
Are the wraps found in West End Market and Hokie Grill & Co. fattening?
Dining Services does not label things as fattening or non-fattening. All foods can fit into a well balanced diet. The fat content of your wrap will be influenced by what you put in it. Wraps can be a nutritionally complete meal. Think of the contents; there are meat, vegetable, and grain sources present. Dressings will add extra calories, so keep that in mind when planning your meals. To answer the question, wraps do contain some fat but not an excessive amount for a person who eats a balanced diet.
If you don't find the answer you need, contact Dining Services' registered dietitians, at email@example.com or 540-231-1896.