Chew on These Healthy Food Tips

Duke Dining program teaches Duke community about how food affects physical, mental and environmental health

Chew on This

Learn how food affects your physical, mental and environmental health with “Chew on This,” a monthly program hosted by Duke Dining Services, Duke Nutrition Services and Healthy Duke.

Employees from Duke Dining and Nutrition Services will be stationed at tables on East and West campuses to answer questions from staff, faculty and students about different food groups and provide samples of healthy snacks. 

“We want students and employees to feel comfortable approaching and telling us about what’s worrying them and how they’re feeling,” said Toni Ann Apadula, a dietitian clinician for Duke Student Health. “Nutrition is multi-faceted and can be extremely helpful in solving health issues.”  

Food and nutrition are some of the core areas of the Healthy Duke initiative

The “Chew on This” schedule is:   

  • Feb. 7: 9 to 11 a.m. at East Campus Marketplace. Learn about heart-healthy fats and snack on dark chocolate avocado muffins. 
  • March 28: 9 to 11 a.m. at East Campus Marketplace. Duke chefs will offer tastes of different salads and dishes featuring whole grains. 
  • April 25: 9 to 11 a.m. at East Campus Marketplace at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brodhead Center. Make your own tea bags and learn how tea eases stress. 

Kirsten Marinko, director of marketing for Dining Services, said staff at the tables will be able to offer advice based on individual concerns and questions.  

“It’s important to remember we all eat differently,” she said. “We want to make it practical so someone can walk up and learn how they can incorporate a heart-healthy fat into their diet.”

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