West Virginia University’s “HealthyU” Program

One of the biggest fears many students have when they embark on their journey through college and dorm life is gaining the dreaded “Freshmen 15”. Luckily, WVU has created a program, called “HealthyU”, to help combat the freshmen 15 and encourage a healthier college campus.  The “HealthyU” program has four main components: (1) one-on-one counseling with a Registered Dietitian, (2) group nutritional meetings, (3) access to wellness and exercise centers, and (4) healthier options available at the dining halls on campus that are advertised as “HealthyU” foods.

There are specific nutritional requirements a food item must meet in order to be considered a “HealthyU” option. These nutritional requirements are:

  • Must contain <20% or LESS of the DV for fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol
  • Must contain 20% or MORE of the DV for vitamins and minerals such as fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron
  • It also meets the FDA recommendations for:  <65g total fat, <20g saturated fat, <300mg cholesterol, <2,400mg sodium, fiber greater than or equal to 25g, and total carbohydrates of 300g

Check out the video below to learn more about how to eat healthy in the dining halls at WVU.  Nettie Freshour, MS RD LD CSSD, is the Registered Dietitian for WVU Dining Services.


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