Now Serving: The Balanced Way® Wellness Program!
Food makeover activities, chef demonstrations, fun education tools, food reward cards, and prizes will be part of The Balanced Way® wellness program launched by the Sodexho Dining Services team at Bay Path College. The Balanced Way, designed by Sodexho dietitians and chefs, debuted at Bay Path on March 3, 2008.
With the increased emphasis in our culture on weight control and healthy lifestyles, The Balanced Way features a unique way to manage food. Each participant receives a balanced meal consisting of a plate divided into sections—half of the plate or 50 percent consists of fruits and vegetables, and the other half of the plate is divided equally with 25 percent being high-quality protein and 25 percent whole-grain, fiber-rich carbohydrates. Meals are served by specially trained Sodexho dining staff. Participation is voluntary, and the program will complement the other meal options available.
The Balanced Way is excellent alternative for students. In general, college is a transition period for students where they gain new freedoms and choices, particularly in regards to food. From the type of foods they select to when they eat (and it’s not unusual for that moment to be midnight or 2:00 a.m.!) to sleep to studying, students have a schedule that can be described as “food challenged.” Oftentimes, healthy eating becomes a low priority in their daily regime.
“Students as well as faculty and staff have been vocal in demanding a new focus on wellness, one which results in better performance both academically as well as athletically,” said Heidi Gregoire; general manager of Sodexho’s dining operations at Bay Path. “We are confident that through the Balanced Way, our students will experience a fun and easy way to eat more healthily, which should result in a better experience for them on campus.”
The Sodexho Dining Services team at Bay Path will stay in contact with students through text messages, allowing students to even vote for their favorite foods. The team will also conduct surveys online to obtain feedback from students on The Balanced Way food, program and special events.
Bay Path is a four-year private college with an enrollment of over 1600 students at its Longmeadow campuses, and satellite campuses in Sturbridge/Charlton (MA) and Burlington (MA). The College offers undergraduate degrees for women; graduate degrees for men and women; and Bay Path Online, the College’s online center offering graduate degrees and certificates.