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.
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.
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
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.
GW Dining Representatives host various events monthly that incorporate healthy eating.
Sustainable and Healthy Eating at GW
To help curb the use of bottled water on campus, we installed water bottle filling stations to encourage the GW community to drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water. There are more than 67 water bottle filling stations across three campuses. Some key locations include the Science and Engineering Building, Gelman Library, Marvin Center, Ames Hall and multiple residence halls.
The GroW Garden is a collaborative project that brings together the GW community to grow food in an urban environment. The GroW Community hosts a CSA program in partnership with Community Foodworks. Students can use their GWorld to purchase a share of fresh, local produce that is delivered to campus weekly
FRESHFARM Markets are a network of farmer's markets in the DMV area that promote sustainable agriculture and affordable local goods. The Foggy Bottom Metro and Dupont Circle location are on the GWorld Dining Meal Plan. By shopping at theses markets you are supporting your community and a healthier lifestyle. Click here for a full list of all the Washington, D.C. FRESFARM Markets.
Hungry Harvest, a farm to you produce delivery service, has partnered with the Student Association to reduce food waste and bring you affordable produce that you can purchase using your GWorld Dining Plan. For more information visit Hungry Harvest's webpage.
Eat your veggies and support local farms by participating in Community Supported Agriculture. Once a week you'll recieve a box of produce and from a local farm. Pay with GWorld and pick up at the GroW Garden.