Davenport becomes a diet disaster
Posted Feb. 23, 2007

As if college life isn’t stressful enough, after a couple weeks back at school we at the Campus Times are slowly reminded of why we gained those extra “freshman 15,” or in the case of Davenport, “freshman 45.”

It’s very difficult to eat healthy in college when the on-campus food selection is less than satisfactory. With French fries and onion rings accenting the daily menus on campus, it’s easy to see how many students find little to no nutritional value in their meals.

Comfort food would be the best way to describe what they serve there, but comfort food is not always the best food for you. In fact, it is rarely if ever, the best food for you.

College schedules are full of stress and homework, but eating unhealthy food can only lower student energy levels and expand college waistbands.
Fried foods, although tasty, are not contributing to a student’s healthy diet or slim figure. From greasy meats to the soda fountain, Davenport is not living up to the nutritional standards that it has set out for itself.

Even though the walls are clad in “wellness” banners, this is more of a backseat action to health education rather than an actual solution.

Eating healthy on campus is about having the right options to choose from and we at the Campus Times would like to encourage Davenport to provide students with healthier meal options.

For starters, in terms of refreshments, Davenport should carry a wider variety of healthy beverages.

Soda is the major option there, but soda is so unhealthy for you that many school districts have actually banned it. Shouldn’t we take the hint? Diet coke should not be the healthiest thing in the line up of choices.

Currently, Davenport carries four varieties of juice, two of which always seem to be out of service. Which is only part of the problem: Only two of the four juices are 100% juice. The other two are made up of a small amount of juice, sugar and numerous other ingredients that resemble nothing even close to actual fruit.

If juice is the only healthy alternative, next to water, then it should be real juice that is not filled with extra sugar. As far as other options go, it would also be nice to see tomato or carrot juice available.

Another suggestion is for Davenport to carry more grilled options and less fried food.

Even when someone orders a sandwich from the grill it is doused in grease and comes out looking more translucent and and a lot less healthy. Students should not have to request for their sandwiches to be sans grease, they should expect it.

And what about the other entrée options? Hot dogs? Pizza? French fries? These are foods that people eat at baseball games, but they should never be consumed on a regular basis.

Greasy pizza is served daily in Davenport, so if you opt out of fried meats or greasy sandwiches, you can still give your gut a run for its money with a sloppy slice of pizza.

This is sad.

The salad bar is the only option where diet weary students can bond, but eating salad for two meals a day can get old very fast.

Even at the salad bar we are trapped into a high-calorie salad. For the longest time we had no fat-free dressing option at all. Then at last it looked like a ray of hope: Davenport was offering fat-free ranch.

But the hope soon faded when the dressing supply soon ran dry and we were left with the same old options.

And even though the menu at Davenport has the “on paper” appearance of being healthy, the actual items on our plates look more like something from Mc Donald’s.

Noodles do not have to be served with greasy toppings; a healthy organic tomato sauce would be nice.

Fettucini Alfredo pasta is one of the highest calorie count meals you can have but it seems to be a staple in Davenport.

We know that Davenport is trying their best to please everyone, however, even though some students may prefer eating junk food three meals a day, Davenport should not be catering to just those students.

Davenport should be encouraging healthier eating habits by offering more varieties of vegetable dishes, experimenting with tofu and soy and also using organic ingredients to ensure freshness.

We at the Campus Times understand the stress that comes with trying to feed and please an entire university, and we are simply trying to highlight areas that need improvement.

As an educational institution, our college should be encouraging healthy and nutritious eating directly through the menus and not through special requests.

It would be nice to walk into Davenport one day and see an array of options that will not cause us to enter cardiac arrest at the ripe old age of 22.

If someone cannot live without a greasy sandwich for lunch, then they can request it, but otherwise, everything should be taken to a higher nutritious level.

As college students we are consumed with many worries in life and our diet, due to Davenport’s unhealthy food, should not be another problem weighing on our minds.

We have seen some improvements and with a new chef we are hoping that that’s the direction in which Davenport intends to continue moving.

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