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Stay on Track with Healthy
Eating Tips from SNAP

By Sarah Pearson

Welcome to the University of Guelph, where healthy eating is a SNAP! The Student Nutrition Awareness Program (SNAP), sponsored by Hospitality Services, is coordinated by two senior nutrition students and addresses the nutritional concerns of U of G students, especially those living in residence. At SNAP, we can assist you with special diets and nutritional concerns and provide many valuable resources covering a wide range of topics. We focus on nutrition education and encourage Guelph students to make healthier food choices. We're here to help you learn how to eat right while still enjoying the foods you love.

The Key to Eating Healthy is to Focus on:

Balance
Each of the four food groups - Grain Products, Fruits & Vegetables, Milk & Milk Products, and Meat & Alternatives - are high in specific nutrients essential to good health. Striving for balance in your diet involves eating the recommended servings from each food group.

Variety
Each individual food group offers a tremendous variety of choices, and each of these choices has unique nutritional strengths. Therefore, it is important to eat a variety of food choices within each food group to get all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

Moderation
Eat those favourite foods you can't live without - but in smaller quantities. Remember that there are no "good" or "bad" foods - all foods have their place in a healthy diet. However, choose lower fat, nutrient packed options more often. Use the nutrient analysis cards created by SNAP when selecting entrées at Creelman, Prairie and Mountain.

Use SNAP as a Resource
At the SNAP office we would love to help you "eat well" throughout your University career. At SNAP we:

  • Provide answers to your nutritional questions and concerns about food on campus.
  • Create nutritional analyses and ingredient lists for entrees served on campus as a guide for students to use when selecting their meals.
  • Create interactive displays located in the main dining halls that highlight important nutrition topics.
  • Offer healthy eating tips, free nutritional information and resources.
  • Run fun contests and giveaways.
  • Help you earn free food with Fruit Cards and Breakfast Energy Cards.

    If you have any questions or concerns about nutrition and/or eating on campus, send us an e-mail to snap@uoguelph.ca or call Jen Mottashed, the SNAP Coordinator, at extension 52249 or pay us a visit in the basement of Drew Hall.

    Check out our web site www.hospitality.uoguelph.ca/student_services/snap.htm.

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