Your campus, Your story
Story by Ashley Schafer
Photos by Anne Langan
Think back to the first time you ever walked into one of Central Michigan University’s dining halls. Perhaps it was during orientation or even just a few short weeks ago. Chances are it was a bit of an overwhelming experience. With food around every corner, it’s easy to overeat.
What many don’t realize, however, is that CMU utilizes a program called NetNutrition that can save you from getting lost in the options. It tells you the menu for the each dining hall on any given day, and breaks the meals down based on nutritional and caloric levels, so you know what you’re eating.
NetNutrition makes navigating CMU’s cafeterias so much easier.
You can access NetNutrition on your laptop or phone, where it gives you the option to choose any of the dining halls or food locations on campus, including Real Food on Campus (RFoC), Robinson Restaurant, Fresh Food Company, Java City Coffeehouse, Merrill Restaurant, Down Under Food Court (DUFC) and d’LISH @ the Market.
Once a location is selected, you are able to pick the day and meal time which suits you. You can browse each food station and what it offers with just the click of a button.
Here is where it becomes a tool for you – by clicking the check box next to each food item of your choice, NetNutriton will compile one large nutritional fact sheet. This is especially useful for watching calories and daily intake of nutrients. Ultimately, by staying aware of these facts, you can avoid gaining unwanted weight or in other words, the “Freshman 15.”
Do food allergies, sensitivities or preferences make it hard for you to dine on campus?
NetNutrition gives you the option to exclude foods that can be potentially harmful. This program can help make it easy to find meals that meet your specific needs.
So, What Do I Eat?
To provide you with some context of correctly portioned meals, here’s what 500 calories looks like in the dining halls using the NetNutrition site:
Next time you find yourself worrying about what you’re eating, pull up NetNutrition and plan out your meals – it will make all the difference.
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