New wellness wall helps students stay healthy
University of Houston Dining Services has
unveiled a new Wellness Wall in Cougar Woods Dining Hall.
The Wellness Wall, unveiled Jan. 28, is part of a new Healthy
for Life campaign that provides diners with the tools to choose
healthy options in dining halls, as well as educational events
to engage diners through social media, health fairs and culinary
Caroline Sullivan, registered dietitian and UH Dining Services
nutritionist, said, “The Healthy for Life program is being
implemented to help create a culture of wellness. It is designed
to enable, educate and encourage our diners to make healthy
The Wellness Wall encompasses a 9-foot display with information
on the Healthy for Life Program that includes Just4U nutrition
messaging. The Just4U messaging contains healthy menu selections
that are developed and evaluated by culinary experts. The
messages on the Wellness Wall help diners find healthy choices
like low-fat foods, vegetarian and vegan choices, or baked items
instead of fried.
The Healthy for Life initiative allows for easy navigation in
the dining halls by placing nutritional cards next to every menu
item. The nutritional cards include matching symbols from the
Wellness Wall, allowing for easy identification.
In addition, the wall will have a rotating panel that will be
updated frequently with health and wellness information, along
with special events and programs around campus.
UH Dining Services is dedicated to providing healthy choices
while informing its customers. The Wellness Wall is just one
tool that UH Dining provides. Customers can also check out the
UH Dining website and mobile app that helps them find
nutritional information and the dietitian’s “Healthy Picks” for
both retail and residential dining.