The definition of healthy varies from person to person, especially when it comes to food and nutrition. Each person’s meaning of healthy is based on their individual needs and preferences.

We encourage you to craft your own definition of healthy, considering these questions:

  • What nutrients do you need to sustain your energy and needs?
  • What is feasible, necessary, enjoyable, and sustainable for you?
  • What makes you feel good about yourself, including your body and mind?

Bear Balance Menu

Our nutrition team at Washington University believes in the construct of gentle nutrition. Gentle nutrition encourages including a variety of food groups, balanced meals & snacks, and the foods you love and enjoy in your diet.

Our Bear Balance program is designed to highlight the quality, availability, and access of nutrient-rich foods across campus. It focuses on wholesome foods with nutrients that provide fullness, satisfaction, and sustained energy throughout the day.

Our Bear Balance meals include lean proteins, heart-healthy fats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Try our Bear Balance dishes by looking for this icon on menus across campus.