Eating healthy in the “World Famous Bean” and being unaware of the food’s nutritional value will no longer be a problem for students. The Aramark Food Company installed a nutrition heath board outside the Bean in the Campus Center.
The purpose of the health board is to inform students about nutrition information not only for food in the Bean, but nutrition tips for home and advertisement for wellness activities happening on campus.
The board is expected to positively impact ACU’s campus in a healthier manner and promote a healthier lifestyle on campus.
“Having the board in the Campus Center will really help the students see nutrition information. There are pamphlets and fliers located there to not only help the students see the nutrition of the Bean food, but to help them get nutrition information for home,” said Jordana Haught, dining nutritionist.
Haught said that she hopes that the students on campus really take advantage of the board.
“Students, a lot of the time, want healthy options, and I think that this board will be a good way for students to get nutrition information without actually having to talk to people and feel embarrassed,” Haught said.
Although the nutrition board has only been posted for about a week, students have already begun to take advantage of what the board has to offer.
Ellen Johnson, freshman business marketing major from Austin, said, “The nutrition board is a great asset to the Bean. It is very informative for me and I am glad that we have it.”
The nutrition board is not funded by ACU. Aramark Food Company is requiring that the board be installed in every university that they are affiliated with.
“We didn’t have to spend extra money for the board. It was something from Aramark that they required us to install,” Haught said.
Haught said she thinks the board is a fun and exciting way to encourage nutrition and healthy eating. She said she believes that with our society being so technological, it will help gain the attention of students.
There are mixed emotions from students on campus about the nutrition board.
Hannah Knight, sophomore psychology major from Midlothian, said, “I don’t think a lot of people know what the board is actually for. I personally haven’t used it yet. I think they should do a better job at advertising the actual board, and then maybe students will notice it more and take full advantage of what it offers.”
Quentin Bryant, freshman environmental science major from Waco, has a more positive perspective.
“I think it will benefit the campus in a very nutritional way. It’s a good idea to inform us on what we’re eating and getting ourselves into before we eat,” Bryant said.