#UCDFOOD Healthy Eating Week

The #UCDFOOD project is a campus-wide healthy eating awareness initiative. With the support of Estate Services and the catering companies we are introducing “healthy options” on the menus in Pi and the Main Restaurant and providing nutrition information so that staff and students can make informed choices.

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The #UCDFOOD Team is running the #UCDFOOD Healthy Eating Week, led by Dr Aifric O’Sullivan, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science in connection with Odhran Lawlor, UCD Hospitality Services Manager.

There is a big team of staff and students behind the event with PhD student Yvonne Lenighan coordinating all activities. The catering companies on campus are playing a huge role too with a variety of initiatives planned across the week. The #UCDFOOD project is one of this year’s SPARC (Supporting Partnerships And Realising Change) projects.

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The Objective

The #UCDFOOD project is a campus-wide healthy eating awareness initiative. With the support of Odhran and the catering companies we are introducing “healthy options” on the menus in Pi and the Main Restaurant and providing nutrition information so that staff and students can make informed choices.

We’re setting up information stations in the Science Hub and the Main Restaurant and will have lunchtime talks all week. We have a social media presence using facebook, snapchat and twitter. Our ultimate goal is to create a healthy eating culture across campus which will tie in with the University strategic plan “Healthy UCD”.

Getting Involved

We want students to get involved in every way possible. The week will kick off with a launch event on Monday where we will have 5 people challenging the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to peel and eat 3 oranges, and the chance to win a Fitbit (between Science Hub entrance and the lake). There will be free fruit and lots of spot prizes. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to talk to nutritionists and learn more about healthy eating with the interactive Nutrition Board that will be located in the Science Hub.

We will be encouraging everyone to choose the “healthy option” in Pi and the Main Restaurant and will be measuring the success of this to see if it is something that we can continue beyond the Health Eating Week. We’re also hoping that students will get involved on social media and are running lots of competitions this week and next so there are loads of opportunities to win prizes.

Draft Calendar of Events and Initatives
DayActivityLocation
Monday 13th Launch: Orange eating competition.. Free fruit.O'Reilly
‘Chopped’ openingMain Restaurant
Healthy Swaps Information and Food labellingPi Restaurant
Free Fruit Infused Waters / Calorie Counted Menu/ Healthy Snack OptionsPi Restaurant
Free Fruit DayVet, Arts and Pulse
KSG Nutritionist on SiteEarls Deli, Vet
Tuesday 14th #UCDFOOD ‘Meet the Nutritionist’ Station (BMI measurements, healthy eating information etc.)Main Restaurant
Science Hub
#UCDFOOD Lunchtime talk- ‘Eating to optimize sports performance’ Dr. Caoileann MurphyALE 1.49
Science Hub
Launch 'Chopped'Main Restaurant
Supplier TastingTBC
FREE Smoothie shot between 9am-11amPi Restaurant
Healthy Swaps Information and Food labellingPi Restaurant
Free Fruit Infused Waters / Calorie Counted Menu/ Healthy Snack OptionsPi Restaurant
Dairy DayVet, Arts and Pulse
Wednesday 15th #UCDFOOD ‘Meet the Nutritionist’ Station (BMI measurements, healthy eating information etc.)Main Restaurant
Science Hub
#UCDFOOD Lunchtime talk-‘Dairy: part of a healthy diet or not? Facts and Myths explored’ Dr. Marianne Walsh, National Dairy CouncilALE 1.49
Science Hub
Cookery Demonstration with ‘Chef Adrian’Main Restaurant
Dietician on SiteSutherland Law
Easyio Irish YogurtsMain Restaurant
Nutritionist - Highlighting Portion Control for Healthy EatingPi Restaurant
Healthy Swaps Information and Food labellingPi Restaurant
Free Fruit Infused Waters / Calorie Counted Menu/ Healthy Snack OptionsPi Restaurant
Nutritionist on SiteJava Arts Café
Hydrate DayVet, Arts and Pulse
Thursday 16th #UCDFOOD ‘Meet the Nutritionist’ Station (BMI measurements, healthy eating information etc.)Main Restaurant
Science Hub
Nutrition question and answer session-Alan Quinlan-Former IRFU playerMain Restaurant
Kanoodle Pop UpMain Restaurant
Dietician on SiteSmurfit
Easyio Irish YogurtsSmurfit
Street Food MarketGreen in front of Sutherland
FREE Smoothie shot between 9am-11amPi Restaurant
Healthy Swaps Information and Food labellingPi Restaurant
Free Fruit Infused Waters / Calorie Counted Menu/ Healthy Snack OptionsPi Restaurant
Nutritionist on SitePulse
High Fibre DayVet, Arts and Pulse
Friday 17th#UCDFOOD ‘Meet the Nutritionist’ Station (BMI measurements, healthy eating information etc.)Main Restaurant
Science Hub
#UCDFOOD Lunchtime talk-‘Eating for health’ Dr. Conor Kerley, INDI Research Dietician of the Year.H1.26 Intel Theatre Science Hub
Healthy for Life Tasting (Internal)Main Restaurant
SiSu TastingMain Restaurant
Healthy Swaps Information and Food labellingPi Restaurant
Free Fruit Infused Waters / Calorie Counted Menu/ Healthy Snack OptionsPi Restaurant
ALL WEEK#UCDFOOD ‘Healthy Option’Main Restaurant
Pi Restaurant
#UCDFOOD Nutrition BoardScience Hub
Removing all added sugar drinks from shelvesAll restaurants and retail units
Food swaps and product placement: fruit at tills, reduced fat crisps and protein/cereal barsMain Restaurant
Poulet Bonne Femme promotions all weekMain Restaurant
Oven baked and grilled breakfast option and 2 station omelette bar, offering egg white only optionPi Restaurant
New Year New You- FREE Eating & Exercise Tracker- Calorie Counted MenuPi Restaurant
Product placement: removing chocolate from tillsVet, Arts and Pulse
Spot prizes: hampers, vouchers, bikesVet, Arts and Pulse
Food swaps and product placement: fruit at tills, reduced fat crisps and protein/cereal bars, white bread replaced with brownPoolside café
Reduced price healthy option (not the same as UCD Healthy Option)Poolside café
€1 side salads all weekPoolside café
Free piece of fruit with every sandwich or main meal purchasedAll SU outlets
5-a-day dealCentra
Food swaps and product placement: healthy stands replace chocolate, healthy option chicken rollCentra