Build Balanced Plates

University Dining encourages students to build balanced plates to fuel their bodies.
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Building a Balanced Plate

For some students, arriving on campus gives them the first opportunity to plan their meals. Others might be experienced in meal preparation. Regardless, University Dining encourages all students to plan for balanced meals to fuel their bodies for learning, socializing, and being an active part of the UW-Stout campus community.

Here are some tips for building a balanced plate on campus:

  1. Plan ahead

University Dining provides menus for all of the foods we prepare. Check them out on our menus page (imbed the link) to plan your meals.

  1. Find Variety

Choose a variety of protein sources, fruits, vegetables, and grains each week. Try new foods, new flavors, and new combinations to get that variety!

  1. Focus on fueling your body

A nourished body is a body that can attend classes and study, socialize, and be active. Use your meals and snacks as an opportunity to fuel your dreams.

  1. Don’t fall for a fad

University Dining’s dietitian recommends that students avoid fad diets that limit or restrict food groups, focus on a certain weight as a marker of health, or quickly change your previous eating habits. Instead, focus on making small, achievable goals that can be maintained over time. Check out reliable resources like a dietitian (available on campus), your primary care provider, or other evidence based resources.

  1. Find evidence-based resources. Check out examples of reliable sources below to learn more about food preparation, nutrition, and health.


Food Safety

General Health

What resources are available if I want to improve my health

University Dining employs a full-time dietitian to meet with students. Schedule a meeting with the dietitian at 715.232.3599, via email at, or ask a nutrition question by Contacting the Dietitian.

University Dining wants to help you accomplish the health goals you set for yourself. We encourage individuals to focus on developing a balanced eating plan and improving your health now and for the future. We also encourage students to work with our Registered Dietitian and your health care provider (Health Services are available on campus) to ensure you can meet your goals.

You can also find nutrition information for our menu items on our online menu database. The menu database can calculate calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and vitamins listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel. You can find the link for the nutrition information on our Online Menu.

University Dining has a wide variety of choices available in all operations. University Dining provides detailed nutritional analysis of items online or on the labels of house made pre-packaged items.  In addition to providing helpful, evidence based resources, University Dining also offers many items that may assist you in achieving your balanced health goals.
A few examples:

  • Extensive salad bars in our cafeterias
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Several fruit options per meal
  • Whole grain breads and tortillas
  • Low fat/fat free dairy options and dairy alternatives
  • Salt and sugar alternatives
  • 100% orange, apple, and cranberry juices
  • Lean protein sources, including lean meats, beans, legumes, and nut butters
  • Trans fat free frying oils
  • Balanced snack options in our retail areas
What if I have a chronic medical condition?

In addition to Health Services, our Registered Dietitian is available to meet with students who have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. The Registered Dietitian can provide you with additional nutrition information and education to help you manage your chronic medical condition while attending UW-Stout. The Registered Dietitian can be reached at 715.232.3599,, or click here to set up an appointment.