Healthy Eating

Eating healthy can help reduce people’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer, as well as help them maintain a healthy body weight. As described in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating healthy means consuming a variety of nutritious foods and beverages, especially vegetables, fruits, low and fat-free dairy products, and whole grains; limiting intake of saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium; keeping trans fat intake as low as possible; and balancing caloric intake with calories burned to manage body weight. Safe eating means ensuring that food is free from harmful contaminants, such as bacteria and viruses. (National Prevention Strategy)

Healthy Carolina works with campus partners to make healthy choices simple when it comes to healthy eating. Here are some of the initiatives and programs in place:

Nutrition Consultations
Campus Wellness offers students, faculty and staff one-on-one nutrition counseling for all nutrition-related needs including weight management, eating disorders, medical conditions and sports nutrition. All nutrition sessions are conducted by registered dietitians and are individually tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. Typically, nutrition counseling is not a one-time approach; it may take several sessions for you to learn and reach your goals. All sessions focus on making life-long lifestyle changes, rather than short-term “diets.”

Carolina Dining

Being well and eating well means becoming aware of choices and making the right decisions to achieve a better
today and a better tomorrow. Your Sodexo dining team is committed to offering you a wide range of options for a healthy dining experience. From recipes that include the most nutritious mix of ingredients to offering educational resources for positive lifestyle habits, healthy options are the result of a team dedicated to advancing the well-being of the entire campus community.

  • Meet the Dietitian
    Ask your health questions to one of our registered dietitians
  • Nutrition Calculator
    Look up the nutritional data and other information for a variety of menu items
  • My Plate
    Get healthy eating tips, create a personalized plan, and more with the latest information from the USDA
  • Plan-iT Healthy A gluten-free, balanced way dining option at the University of South Carolina

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Vending Machine Healthy Options

Vending machines all over campus have healthy options for snacks. The healthier options are located in the far right of each row of food options. You can identify the healthier options by the Healthy Carolina wordmark listed above those choices.

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Healthy Meeting Guide

The Healthy Meetings Guide is an important resource for University staff and faculty who plan meetings and events on campus. The Healthy Meetings Guide provides advice and expert-reviewed recommendations for planning a healthy meeting menu and schedule. We hope that you will find this document particularly useful as you seek to select menus from Carolina Catering.

 

Farmers Market

The Healthy Carolina Farmers Market is a convenient way for USC students, faculty, staff and community members to shop for fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce and sustainable products. Markets are held spring and fall. Both small and large vendors of produce and non-commercial food items find a supportive outlet for the sale of their goods. To be offered at the market, vendors must sell fresh produce, locally-grown or produced products and/or be sustainable.

 

Resources

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Agriculture & HHS)
    Get advice on how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases (2 years to adult).
  • ChooseMyPlate.gov (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
    Learn about the five food groups that are the building blocks for a health diet. Learn more about building a healthy plate.
  • Eat Healthy
    Learn the basics, the benefits, and take action.
  • Nutrition.gov (U.S. Department of Agriculture & HHS)
    Find easy-to-read information on food and nutrition.