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Healthy Dining Committee

The Healthy Dining Committee seeks to enhance the campus dining culture for faculty, staff, students, and campus guests through promotion of healthy food and beverage items by providing a variety of accessible and affordable options. All campus community members with an interest in nutrition, food policy, or related topics are invited to participate. The Healthy Dining Committee membership represents a wide variety of campus departments.

All campus community members with an interest in nutrition, food policy, or related topics are invited to participate. Email our committee chair(s) William Mupo and Lindsay Lindsay Wilson to learn more or get involved.

Initiatives

The Health Dining Committee seeks to address priority nutrition-related issues through our campus initiatives. Below is a list of our current initiatives.

Healthy Vending Machines
The Healthy Vending Map represents snack vending machine locations on campus with healthier options. Lite Bites items are part of an initiative to make healthy food and drink options on campus easily identifiable. All Lite Bites items are selected based on meeting national and local nutrition criteria for healthy vending snack options. Lite Bites items meet the following standards:

Fat: Not more than thirty-five percent (35%) of calories from fat (with the exception of nuts and seeds, nut butters, eggs, non-fried vegetables, and cheese packaged for individual sale. Snack mixes must meet 35% rule.)

Saturated Fat: Not more than ten percent (10%) of calories from saturated fat (excluding eggs and cheese packaged for individual sale)

Sugar: Not more than thirty-five percent (35%) total weight from sugar and caloric sweeteners (with the exception of fruits and vegetables that have not been processed with added sweeteners)

Sodium: Items shall not contain more than 360 mg of sodium per serving

Calories: Not more than 250 calories per individual package for snack items

Healthy Student Organization Initiative
Our committee supports the Healthy Student Organization Initiative, which highlights registered and/or sponsored organizations doing great work promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition, and general wellness for their members. The free program connects student organizations to health and wellness resources while providing recognition and rewards to organizations positively impacting UT Austin students.

UT Farm Stand
Our committee supports and promotes the UT Farm Stand, which is managed by the Division of Housing and Food Service. This on-campus market aims to make local produce accessible to all while educating about sustainable food choices and their impact on the environment.

Food Allergy Awareness & Accommodation
Our committee works to increase awareness of food allergies across campus by updating pamphlets and reading materials at University Health Services, enrolling Division of Housing and Food Service and Services for Students with Disabilities in the FARE College Food Allergy Program, and meeting with the Austin Private Dormitory Association on accommodations for residents.

Meeting Notes


Workgroup Meeting Minutes March 7, 2017
Workgroup Meeting Minutes February 2, 2017
Workgroup Meeting Minutes November 1, 2016
Workgroup Meeting Minutes October 5, 2016
Workgroup Meeting Minutes September 7, 2016
Workgroup Meeting Minutes April 5, 2016
Workgroup Meeting Minutes March 1, 2016
Workgroup Meeting Minutes February 2, 2016
Workgroup Meeting Minutes December 1, 2015
Workgroup Meeting Minutes November 3, 2015
Workgroup Meeting Minutes October 6, 2015
Workgroup Meeting Minutes March 3, 2015
Workgroup Meeting Minutes February 2, 2015
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Healthy Dining Committee Meetings
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