The campus-wide Bear Balance Movement is a result of our commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America. The Bear Balance Movement is an effort to continuously improve the health environment on campus and therefore, the health of individuals on campus.
Dining Services has committed to implementing the following changes to make more healthful choices the easier choices by 2017:
- Offer a wellness meal at each breakfast, lunch and dinner meal
- Offer a minimum of five fruits, five vegetables and two whole grain products at both lunch and dinner
- Offer no more than one fried food at each platform during lunch and dinner
- Offer at least three healthier desserts at both lunch and dinner and identify them as healthier at point of presentation
- Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation
- Offer a plant-based food option at every platform serving meat
- Implement a local food procurement program that increases procurement of local and sustainable foods
- Provide healthier catering menu options on campus
- Make available Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students
You can already see the impact of the Bear Balance Movement around campus! Look for the Bear Balance icon to denote Bear Balance Meals on menus at dining facilities around campus. Bear Balance meals include:
- 2 oz. serving of lean meat/poultry/fish or plant protein OR 1 cup low-fat dairy
- 2 oz. serving of whole grain
- 1 3/4 cup serving of fruit and/or non-fried vegetable
Connie’s Choice menu items have also been integrated into the Bear Balance Movement as they represent “better for you” choices. You will continue to find the Connie’s Choice icon on menu items at the DUC, Village, Bear’s Den and in grab-and-go cases around campus. Connie’s Choice icons meet the following criteria:
- 20-35% of calories from fat, with less than 10% being from saturated fat
- Lower amounts of sodium in an effort to consume less than 2,300 mg per day
- Entrées, sandwiches, and meals that contain lean meat or plant-based protein
Since the launch of the Bear Balance Movement, other changes that have been made by Dining Services to support a more healthful campus environment include increasing the amount of healthful foods offered in our dining facilities, offering plant-based proteins at every meal platform, reducing the number of fried foods on the menu, and procuring more foods from local sources. Additionally, the on-campus Registered Dietitian, Connie Diekman, is available for assessments and counseling by appointment.
The changes that have already been implemented under the Bear Balance Movement are all significant and impactful; but, the movement is not over and we need your support to continue to meet our goals.