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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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If you go online to pull up the University of Iowa’s Health and Sustainability webpage in order to learn more nutritional information about the food you’re consuming daily in university dining halls, you will be met with a difficult-to-navigate, rarely operating webpage that offers limited information on a few select food items.

As a freshman at the UI, I am disappointed by the lack of nutritional information available to students regarding the food served in the dining halls, as well as the lack of promotion on the few opportunities of nutritional information that are in place now. We as students have a right to know information about the food we are consuming on a daily basis, but this complicated webpage prevents this.

The dining halls’ entrées card should state information such as allergy alerts, calories in a suggested serving size, the nutritional value of a food item in the form of a nutrition density score or offer a designation for “Healthy Option” entrées. The dining halls should also make students more aware of their vegan and gluten-free options.

The university’s lack of promotion of this information is a disservice to the students. Providing this information to students isn’t about promoting calorie counting or about communicating a negative message about eating disorders to students — it’s about promoting healthy choices, which will lead to a healthier lifestyle overall.

We care about our well-being and wish the university would share in our concerns. We aren’t asking that they wallpaper the dining halls with nutrition labels, but we are asking that they make available to us the nutritional information we have a right to.

Elizabeth Sturms


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