Nutrition

Establishing a healthy relationship with food is an important part of learning. Michigan Dining is pleased to offer these nutrition services and resources.

  • MyNutrition, an online tool for identifying common allergens and evaluating nutritional values for foods served in our dining halls and cafés, and at catered events.
  • Food allergy and special diet support
  • Confidential Q&A at eatsmart@umich.edu
  • Free one-on-one nutrition counseling for students with meal plans

To learn more about any of these services, please contact our Registered Dietitian.

Help Yourself to Healthy

To help you make healthy food choices at Michigan, nutrition information is available for most of the dishes we serve.

In our dining halls, menus displayed near each serving area provide the serving size; calories, fat, carbs, protein and sugar; and any common allergens (eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, seeds, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, wheat, barley, rye and oats). Use the icons to quickly identify vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, halal or MHealthy dishes.

In our cafés and markets, nutrition information for foods prepared by Michigan Dining can be found using MyNutrition. Common allergens are indicated for every item on our café menus and icons will help you find something to eat that meets your dietary preferences.

Nutrition information for Blue to Go sandwiches, salads and other foods is listed on the package.


MHealthy

MHealthy Nutrition Guidelines were created by Registered Dietitians at the University of Michigan and reflect these key recommendations:

  • Avoid empty calories and oversized portions
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Watch out for foods that are high in sodium or added sugar
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy options

To identify MHealthy options across Michigan Dining, look for the MHealthy logo on signs and menus, as well as in MyNutrition and the Michigan App.

For more information, visit the MHealthy website.


Recommended Resources

In addition to the many U-M and Michigan Dining services listed above, there are a variety of resources on the Internet you may find helpful. We suggest that you review these recommended sites as part of your planning for a healthy life style:

  • The free diet journal (with a great mobile app) at myfitnesspal.com. MyFitnessPal allows you to track your food intake, exercise, goals, and weight loss. Just search for “Michigan Dining” when you are entering Michigan dining hall or café meals in your food diary.
  • Choosemyplate.gov is a website that offers many tools such as, healthy eating tips, personalized meal plans and diet analysis.


Learn More

To learn more about any of these services or to schedule a meeting, email our Registered Dietitian at eatsmart@umich.edu.