Counting calories, sodium or fat grams can be important for students hoping to maintain a healthy diet. Monitoring the nutrition of food can be a challenge anywhere, and students can experience the struggle when eating at Malone.
Variety of foods is not the problem. AVI Foodsystems provides three complete meals a day from up to seven food stations. The menu features food from all ends of the nutrition spectrum.
Students concerned with maintaining a well-balanced diet in the sea of options may find it difficult to monitor intake when nutrition facts are not readily available. However, that does not mean the information is not accessible.
All nutrition information is available under the “student life” tab at malone.edu. The nutrition information is posted categorically.
For example, if a student wanted to know the nutrition information of the breakfast pizza, the student would select the “pizza” category from the dining services page and scroll through the list of pizzas until arriving at breakfast pizza. The information would reveal each slice contains 270 calories and 17 grams of fat.
The nutrition values are accessible, but they are somewhat difficult to use when walking through the cafeteria making choices for each meal.
Students wanting a simpler process for finding the information may need to speak up in a hope for change.
Chis Wisbey, resident director of AVI Foodsystems at Malone, said he is willing to listen to students’ concerns.
“We are always looking for students’ thoughts and opinions,” Wisbey said.
This includes thoughts on what to serve and how to meet student needs. Wisbey encouraged students to tweet @AVI@Malone or leave a comment in the box near the door.
One problem with the process may come from AVI Foodsystems’ willingness to change.
“AVI’s menu is always changing,” Wisbey said.
Those changes may include foods not always featured on the nutrition information, thus leaving a gap in the system.
The availability of nutrition information is not perfect, but it is available, and that is what matters to most students. The actual food, not the nutrition information, is the primary concern.
Isacc Brenneman, sophomore creative writing major, said he sees healthy options, even if the exact nutrition facts are not easily accessible.
“[AVI] includes a lot of variety, and a lot of vegetables. I appreciate that,” Brenneman said.
Brenneman said he realizes the high cost of healthy foods promotes a culture that makes a healthy diet difficult, but AVI Foodsystems still manages to provide options for those looking to eat a balanced diet.
Josh Meyers is a Staff Writer for The Aviso
Alicia Meyers is the Copy Editor for The Aviso