A Healthier Campus

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If your idea of campus dining is greasy cheeseburgers, overcooked fries, and stale candy bars in a vending machine, think again. Our cafeteriajust got a brand new makeover, and we’re dining healthy. In previous years each cafeteria on campus was equipped with a hot food unit that shelved burgers, fries, and basically anything else you could drop into a deep fryer. The food was tasty, but when students started crying out for some healthier alternatives NYIT pulled up a chair and listened. Directorof Dining Services Robert Rizzuto, Director of Campus Dining Pilar Visconti, and Executive Chief Brian Hoos set out to change the menu, a task that involved purchasing new equipment and adding modification to the layout and design of the dining experience at NYIT.

First order of business: Remove all hot food units from every cafeteria and replace them with fresh deli counters. The fresh deli counters were the newest addition to the cafeterias, designed to give eating healthy a personalized feeling. You can still get your favorite fried foods, but only on specific days in the hot buffet. In September, the Deli Station at Salten Hall was established. The deli features low sodium deli meats and gluten free bread options as well as a bread selection of sliced white or wheat breads, wraps, heroes or Kaiser Rolls. For breakfast, egg whites were introduced asa breakfast option, and ham as an alternative to bacon. They also use Zero Trans Fat in all of the cooking oils. And for those vegetarians out there, each cafeteria also offers veggie options such as veggie burgers and sandwiches.

The Student Activities Center also was granted a makeover with a new Gourmet Burger Station. Students can choose from beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie and dress it with whatever they want! And don’t forget about the vending machines! Aside from remaking the cafeterias, NYIT has also gone high tech with new state of the art computerized vending machines. While you may still find cheese doodles in these machines, the new system now holds healthy fresh treats like Chobani Greek Yogurt and fresh vegetable packs. Overall, the new change has received rave reviews from the students who, surprisingly enough, prefer the healthier alternative to its junk food counterpart. Melissa Marin, a senior and frequent eater at Salten Hall says, “Eating at Salten is so much better now, I love the food they serve and it’s actually good for you.” Liam Waddy, a sophomore who usually eats over at the Student Activies Center, sayshe enjoys that he can” eat healthy at any place on campus” and how beneficial… [the change] has been for everyone.

So the next time you find yourself at Salten Hall or any other campus dining location, pick up a delicious sandwich and a fresh iced tea to go.

 

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A Healthier Campus