By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Local Health and Wellness at CCSU

Do you have questions about food allergies, diet, or health and wellness? Our regional dietitian is available to answer your questions as well, Karen Jew, MS, RD, LDN can be reached directly via email.

Locally, please feel free to connect with our general manager, Jon Small, regarding any questions you have about your dietary needs.

A Guide to Eating MindfullyMindful

Health and wellness are important to CCSU Dining Services.  We understand the importance of providing balanced and nutritious choices in the dining hall and retail locations.  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. Look for the logo which identifies the Mindful choices on campus. 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:

< 600 calories

< 35% of calories from fat

< 10% of calories from saturated fat

< 100mg cholesterol

< 800mg sodium

> 3g fiber

 Trans fat free

 Learn more on our Mindful by Sodexo Website

MyFitnessPal MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a website and smart phone app that can be used to track diet and exercise.  CCSU Dining Services and MyFitnessPal have partnered together to provide you with nutrition information for most of the foods you eat on campus. You can search for featured CCSU Dining recipes in the database by scanning a barcode or typing in the name of the recipe you are looking for. It is a simple, user friendly way to keep track of what you are eating. All types of foods are in the database whether you are eating at the dining hall, retail location or taking your Simply to Go food with you. Using the MyFitnessPal is a great way to make sure you are choosing nutritious, balanced and mindful options when dining on campus.


MyZoneMyZone

MyZone is an area in both the South Side and North Side of Memorial Hall.  This area is a gluten-free, peanut-free and tree-nut free area reserved for people with allergies and other special diet needs. 


Simple Servings  is our allergen-safe, dining optionfor our customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or those who prefer plain and simple foods. The Simple Servings station offers food free from common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs.  All foods offered are also free from gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens. Separate equipment, storage areas, utensils and preparation areas minimize, but do not totally eliminate, the chances of gluten and allergens in our Simple Servings foods. 75% of Simple Servings items also meet our Mindful criteria, which makes it an easy and healthy choice forcustomers who are focused on ingredients and portion size to control weight, blood sugar and other health issues. Simple Servings is located in the South Side of Memorial Hall. 

 

 

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For Your Health

Stress Survival: Going the Extra MILE

By: Katlynn Ferreira, Sodexo Dietetic Intern – September 2017


Stress SurvivalImagine riding a bike along an undulating trail.  You see uphill trail ahead, embrace for it, adjust gears and pedal with extra effort.  You conquer the incline and can enjoy the effortlessness going downhill.  The outcome is rewarding and builds endurance and strength.

However, imagine there is no downhill and you must continue pedaling at high intensity for a prolonged period.  It’s painful, increases tiredness, and can lead to injury.

When stress becomes chronic, it really does a number on you like a never-ending uphill bike ride.  It can reduce your performance, ability to focus and recall memory, alters emotions and creativity, increases agitation, causes difficulty sleeping, disrupts hormones, and impacts your heart health.  You may be more inclined to adopt certain behaviors to soothe your anxiety such as sleeping too much or too little, drink caffeine or alcohol, or maybe withdraw from social events.  More often than not, such actions worsen stress.

Listen to Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General discuss risk factors, therapeutics, and thoughts on increased stress in America.

Go the extra MILES to overcome anxiety.

M:  Meditation and mindfulness help you to clear thoughts, become grounded, and be more present in the moment.  There are many benefits to relaxation; find what works for you.
I:  Interact with family and friends, face-to-face.  Social media’s perfect images can set unrealistic standards, so limit your time scrolling through newsfeeds.
L:  Listen to podcasts or music while walking to class, riding the bus, or while working on assignments.  Better yet, find a peaceful outdoor spot to do nothing but listen.
E:  Exercise of any kind can boost mood and improve oxygen and blood flow to the brain.  Got 20 minutes before class?  Put on a favorite song and dance it out.
S:  Sleep, especially as a student, is just as important to pencil into your agenda as studying for exams.  You couldn’t use your phone, tablet, or laptop without charging it, the same goes for your brain to keep you fully-charged.

Try these free mobile apps for mindfulness, improving mood and sleep, and reducing anxiety: 

Stress Icons
Top left to right:  Happier, Calm, Headspace
Bottom left to right:  Aura, Stop Breathe & Think, Breethe

Mindful Offering

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.

Nutrition IconsSodexo'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.

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Quick Links
  • Mindful
    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

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