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.
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 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.
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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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