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 is committed to the following “better for you” dining components to make it easier to find more healthful choices:
- 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 food concept station 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 an 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 see the impact of the Bear Balance Movement around campus! Look on menus at dining facilities around campus for the Bear Balance icon on desserts that are 150 calories or less and on Bear Balance Meals.
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 items 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
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.
Additionally, the on-campus Registered Dietitian, Connie Diekman, is available for assessments and counseling by appointment.