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Promoting a healthy mind, body and soul is essential for the physical sustainability of our students and employees. Dining Services is a leader in providing healthy, well-balanced meals to the campus community and providing enriched educational materials that foster a balance of mind, body, and soul.

In order to foster the sustainable health of our students and guests, UC Davis Dining Services focuses on providing nutritious food, a safe and healthy environment for employees and guests, and health and wellness promotion in the resident dining rooms.



Fresh, Whole, Nutritious Food

UC Davis Dining Services food preparation methods limit the impact of processing foods to extend greater convenience, with less resources, than traditional grocery-store bought products. These practices foster a sustainable food system. Processing takes a health toll - processing that requires high heat reduces nutrients in many products, salt and trans fats are added to extend shelf life and restore lost flavor, sweeteners appear in everything from potato chips to stuffing mixes, and sometimes the final goods don't even resemble the original agricultural product.

We continue to develop practices and strategies that will have a lasting impact, including:

  • Cooking oil is trans-fat free
  • Vegan and Vegetarian options
  • Nutrition and allergen information available
  • All food sources must pass rigorous food safety inspection
  • We bake our potato wedges instead of deep-fat frying French fries
  • Fresh fruit program to encourage guests to take a piece of fruit instead of a dessert
  • Healthier beverage options - infused waters, fresh brewed ice tea, sparkling water, hot teas
  • Whole grains available at every meal
  • Lean proteins available at every meal
  • Natural peanut butters

Healthy Environment

To promote a balanced mind, body and soul, UC Davis Dining Services strives to provide a clean, safe, welcoming and healthy environment at all of its dining locations.

  • Smoking is prohibited in all dining facilities
  • No smoking is allowed within 25 ft of all entrances to the dining facilities
  • Natural day lighting is accentuated in all dining rooms
  • Dining rooms are arranged to encourage community, studying, and comfort

Cuarto Dining Commons is LEED certified, incorporating additional indoor environmental quality.

Promoting Health and Wellness

Promotion of health and wellness in the Resident Dining Rooms is essential to encourage students and guests to make healthier choices in the dining rooms and on their own.

In order to help guide students on their wellness journey, UC Davis Dining Services actively promotes and provides the following:

  • Happy Health Apple program to encourage students and guests to choose 'healthier' menu items more often
  • Providing vegan and vegetarian options at each meal
  • Dietitian counseling and services available to all students
  • Accommodation for any special dietary need - including but not limited to soy, dairy and gluten intolerance, Kosher and vegan/vegetarian

UC Davis Dining Services achieved national recognition for our efforts to provide vegan-friendly campus dining. We were ranked in the top 10 for Most Vegan-Friendly Large American University.

UC Davis Most Vegan Friendly College 2010

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

UC Davis Dining Services participates in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Meatless Monday campaign. The goal is to encourage students and guests to reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.

Why Meatless? Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Why Monday? For most Americans the week begins on Monday. On Monday we move from the freedom of the weekend back to the structure of work or school. We set our intentions for the next six days. We plan ahead and evaluate progress.

Nutritional Guidelines. It’s easy to go meatless on Monday. In place of chicken, beef, pork or fish, just look for protein from beans, legumes, eggs, nuts and seeds instead. Find out more about nutrition related to Meatless Mondays on the campaign's Nutrition FAQs website.

Each academic year, dining services strives to increase the number of students and employees pledging to go Meatless on Mondays...

Want to learn more? Check out the Meatless Monday FAQs. Interested in pledging? Contact Sam Lubow.

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