Overview of Our Nutrition Program

The goal of our program is to enable, educate and encourage people of all ages to adopt and lead healthier lifestyles. The program recognizes various food preferences and allergies among a large campus population and is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of its students, providing nutrition education and spreading nutrition awareness. For more information about our programs, please contact our Registered Dietitian.

  • Our onsite Registered Dietitian (RD) is involved in student and parent nutrition counseling for those with special dietary needs and works closely with the culinary team to ensure student’s dietary needs are being accommodated. Individual students are able to meet with the RD, managers and chef to make arrangements for specially prepared food when the daily menu offerings do not meet their needs.
  • RD collaborates with the chefs in developing and planning our menu to ensure we incorporate a variety of menu options to satisfy a number of special diets (made without gluten, vegetarian, vegan, etc.)
  • Highlight healthy menu options in both our dining halls and food courts on campus with “Smart Choice” options. “Smart Choice” options must meet specific nutrition criteria according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and FDA standards, taking into account each item’s macronutrient and micronutrient content.
  • Recognize and flag the top eight allergens in all menu items: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
  • Our RD, managers and chefs regularly educate food production staff on the severity of food allergies/intolerance and how to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Staff is also trained on appropriate serving sizes to emphasize portion control as it relates to healthy eating, weight management and food waste.
  • Throughout the year, we collaborate with student and campus organizations to involve the students in nutrition education and awareness through weekly programs, events, cooking demos and tablings.


Tiffany Newenhouse, Registered Dietitian

Our Registered Dietitian is available to consult with students with special dietary needs. Individual and group tours with students, parents, and campus organizations can be scheduled throughout the semester to help familiarize the campus community with the healthy options offered throughout the dining locations. Throughout the semester tabling events are held in order to provide further opportunity to increase knowledge and spread the awareness about nutrition and wellness.


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National New England Clam Chowder Day

Jan 21, 2020 12 am - Jan 21, 2020 11 pm | Leo O' Donovan Hall | Fresh Food Company

It’s New England Clam Chowder Day! Chowders originated in fishing villages on the coast of France in the 16th century. Most recipes called for salt pork and biscuits, which were both part of a standard sailor’s ration. Today, we’ve substituted the biscuits (also known as hardtack) for salty crackers! There are many different varieties of clam chowder including New England, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Down East, and Outer Banks. New England clam chowder is made with milk or cream, and the use of tomatoes is frowned upon. In fact, in 1939 the state of Maine made it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder! Celebrate this great culinary tradition and enjoy a bowl of delicious chowder in honor of New England Clam Chowder Day!