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Healthy Eating

A nutritious diet, physical activity and refraining from smoking form the basis of good health. It is critical for your success as a GW student that you figure out how to adopt a healthy diet that will fuel your studies on campus and promote a healthy lifestyle once you graduate.

Eating a healthy diet is easier than you think. The GW dining plan provides you great flexibility on where and what you eat.

It may take a bit of research and planning to figure out what’s best for you. While there are some basic guidelines, we all have different bodies, activity levels, potential food allergies and dietary restrictions. There is no one-size fits all approach to a healthy diet but, there are resources to guide your food decisions and help you make sustainable choices.

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MyPlate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides extensive nutrition information to help you make good food choices. Explore Choose My Plate and find what works for you. Follow @MyPlate to get simple reminders about healthy eating along with prompts to encourage you to choose healthy eating solutions for everyday life.

 

SuperTracker

SuperTracker

USDA’s SuperTracker helps you plan, analyze and track your food and physical activity. You can use the SuperTracker:

  • To set goals and gain support and tips along the way to help you meet them
  • As an individual, or in a group of friends to challenge one another -- sometimes a little friendly competition  can help you stick to your goals
 

GW Resources for Healthy Eating

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Dietitians

Medical staff are available for appointments with  students with nutritional concerns. Referral to register dietitians in the community will be made if appropriate. Make an appointment online or by calling the Colonial Health Center at 202-994-6827.

 

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Healthy Eating Events

Restaurant Associates, GW’s dining operator, will host two healthy eating events at Mount Vernon Campus each semester, presented by a registered dietician.

 

Sustainable and Healthy Eating at GW

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The Real Food Challenge (RFC)

RFC promotes healthy, fair and green food systems by empowering students and universities. In April 2014, GW signed the Real Food Challenge Commitment, agreeing to work towards procuring 20% of Real Food by 2020.

 

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GroW Garden

The GroW Garden is a collaborative project that brings together the GW community to grow food in an urban environment. The GroW Garden contributes to the Freshfarm Markets Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program giving community members the opportunity to purchase a share of produce that can be picked up at any of five farmers market locations.

 

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GW Food Institute

The GW Food Institute is home to faculty and student scholars engaged in research about all things related to food, from sustainable agriculture to the way diet and meals shape human society. Follow @GWFoodInstitute to be up-to-date on food-related events and research taking place on campus.