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New signs at Old Main benefit student health concerns

Staff Reporter

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 00:01

Ashley Prchlik | The Houstonian

Ashley Prchlik | The Houstonian

Old Main Market has been making some improvements since it was first introduced to the campus last fall. New artwork and murals were easily noticed by students, but one major change is the new way they present their daily menu.

Previously, Old Main had a display at the entrance with all the options for diner’s convenience. Students could predetermine what line to go to without having to walk around and look at what each station was serving. The new display method is to have a sign at each station with nutritional information and a list of ingredients.

Although I do miss walking in and seeing my choices for the day, I think it is very beneficial that they have the list of ingredients especially for students with food allergies or even the picky eaters. This way, students aren’t surprised as to what they are getting, and since many students these days are becoming more health conscious, they are able to see the calories and breakdown of other nutritional information before they eat something they might not eat otherwise.

Young adults are diving into many health crazes such as being vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and the list goes on. For this reason, I think Old Main was smart in their decision to add these signs at each food station, that way students can be happy knowing that they were staying healthy and still getting to eat something they enjoy.

Throughout Old Main, there have been mixed reviews on the new display method. Most students think it would be better to keep the display in the front. To please all students, the display should be brought back, but the nutritional information should be kept as well.

Since Old Main is the only real dining hall on campus, it is important for them to make sure they accommodate the needs of the entire student population. The best thing for Old Main to be doing is keeping students informed about healthy choices and also providing ways to stay healthy. Freshmen living in dorms don’t have the ability to cook their own meals, so they depend on their meal plans for that. The nutritional information sheets are beneficial and are a good addition to the display method Old Main provides for the students. The changes Old Main is making to present their menu selections are positive, and most students will be happy to know that they are getting healthy options by eating on campus.

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