Be a Healthy Hokie
The daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables is about 5 cups for college-aged people. Only 5.6% of Virginia Tech female students and only 2.9% of male students met or exceeded this recommendation. Virginia Tech Dining offers many resources to help Hokies eat healthy on campus, including nutrition content for every item for purchase in the dining halls. Check out MyPlate in the resources below to help you build a balanced meal and feel your best.
Did You Know?
The average American consumes about 3 cups of added sugar per week, which translates to around 22 teaspoons per day. This is almost double the recommendation! A great strategy to reduce your sugar intake is to cut down on sugary beverages such as soda, juices, smoothies, and some coffee drinks.
The body needs fuel to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically. Nutrition 101 covers the fundamentals of healthy eating, including how to choose the right foods and the appropriate quantity, and where to access it. Learn how to understand confusing food labels, take advantage of resources, and navigate choices on campus and in daily life.
As discussed in the Nutrition 101 workshop, you can use MyPlate to help you build healthy meals that include the recommended portion sizes for each of the food groups. MyPlate also provides tip sheets and recipes for college students looking to eat well on a budget.
The Nutrition Blog Topics have many nutrition-focused articles— some targeted directly at Virginia Tech students like “The Best Bites in Virginia Tech Dining Centers” and some more general such as “The Low-Down about Artificial Sweeteners”.
Dining Services provides nutritional information regarding each dining center. Simply select which location you would like to investigate then select your meal of choice. You can even add dietary restrictions through the allergen/ingredient filters to see what options are available. The site also provides nutrition tips, dining hall hours and the menu for the selected day.
Nutritionists are available through Schiffert Health Center. Set up an appointment by phone. Included in tuition, no additional fees required. To make an appointment, call 540–231–6444.
VT Rec Sports offers fitness classes, personal trainers, intramural sports and club sports, as well as Venture Out. These are all great things to do to reach your 2.5 hours of moderate intensity cardio activity and 2-3 days training each muscle group per week!