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Nutrition & Allergens

Allergy & Nutrition Guide

Establishing a healthy relationship with food is an important part of learning. We are pleased to offer these nutrition services and resources to our residents at no cost. Our efforts include NetNutrition, an online tool for identifying common allergens and evaluating the nutritional values of dining venue foods.


NetNutrition is an online tool that can help you make smart, healthy choices in Dining and Culinary Services dining venues. Use it to:

  • Select well-balanced meals
  • See how your food choices measure up nutritionally
  • Screen the dining venue offerings to identify foods with common allergens

Visit the NetNutrition Site

Help Yourself to Smart Choices

  • To help you make thoughtful, healthy food choices a customized line sign accompanies menu items in our dining venues. The sign provides serving size, information on calories, fat, carbs, protein and common allergens (eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat/gluten, corn, shellfish and sesame).
  • Use the color-coded star icons in NetNutrition to quickly identify Healthy Choice Entrees and Vegetarian Entrees.

Healthy Choice and Vegetarian Selections

Special icons are used to denote menu items that qualify as Healthy Choice and Vegetarian Selections. You will find a key at the bottom right corner of each NetNutrition page. Look for these icons to quickly select foods that suit your particular diet.

Healthy Choice

This symbol denotes entrees identified as containing 15 grams or less of saturated fat. Keep in mind that entrees generally contain the greatest source of fat in a meal. Combine a lower fat entrée with plenty of fruits and vegetables along with whole grain pastas and breads for a healthy low fat meal.


Foods with this symbol are identified as Vegetarian entrees. Eggs and cheese are included in this category.

Meal Planning in NetNutrition

  1. Click “Menus” in the red navigation bar above to visit our NetNutrition site.
  2. Select the dining venue of your choice.
  3. Review the posted menu. (If you would like to plan ahead, you’ll see that menus are available for up to eight consecutive days, beginning with yesterday.)
  4. To begin planning your first meal, from the main menu, select dining venue, the date and menu.
  5. Click on the menu item of your choice.
  6. As you add menu items to your meal, they will appear on the right side of the page under ‘My Meal.’

Nutritional Analysis

To get the total nutritional content of your selected meal, click ‘Meal Nutrition’.

For a breakdown of each selected menu item, click ‘Item Nutrition’. After reviewing the nutrition information, you may delete one or more items by unchecking the box next to the item(s). To add additional items, click the ‘Back’ button.

Allergy Screening

The most common allergies are listed in the lower right corner of each meal planning page. Check all of the allergens you would like to avoid and the list of menu items appearing will only show items that do not contain these ingredients.

Please note: While you can use NetNutrition to help you manage food allergies at the dining venues, if you are prone to severe allergic reactions, we encourage you to consult our dietitian for specific ingredient questions. We will be happy to assist you at

Allergies and Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies or special dietary needs will find a variety of choices in the University Housing Dining locations and we strive to provide foods you will enjoy.
  • We work towards labeling items with common allergens and encourage students to review the nutrition information for items they purchase.
  • Our staff will always take care to avoid cross contamination whenever possible but this risk is never completely eliminated.
  • Residents with food allergies are reminded to use caution in the community setting of a residence hall facility. Please approach a staff member if you have questions.

If you are an incoming student and have a dietary concern, follow these steps:

  1. Contact our Registered Dietitian at or 608-262-3994.
  2. The Dietitian will discuss your dietary restrictions or concerns, and advise on how best to move forward.
  3. Next steps could include a one-on-one meeting, tour of your primary Dining facility, introduction to the Unit Chef, or possible referral to the McBurney Disability Resource Center.
  4. In the rare cases where it’s determined that we cannot accommodate someone’s dietary restriction, that person may be exempted from the resident meal plan.
  5. Our Registered Dietician and culinary staff will continue to be a resource for you throughout your time in Housing.

Recommended Resources

In addition to the University Housing Dining and Culinary Services listed above, there are a variety of resources on the Internet you may find helpful. We suggest that you review these recommended sites as part of your planning for a healthy lifestyle:

  • A free diet journal at allows you to track your food intake, exercise, goals and weight loss.
  • is a Web site that offers many tools such as, healthy eating tips, personalized meal plans and diet analysis.

All of these resources are there so you can make informed decisions about your food choices. We have tried to ensure this information is as accurate as possible but we are not able to guarantee 100% accuracy. Discrepancies may develop as products or recipes change. Portions will vary at least slightly and any additions at the condiment table for instance will affect the actual nutritional content of an item.

As with nutritional information from any source you should use the data as a guideline to help you reach an overall balanced diet during your stay with Housing. If you are concerned about your diet or nutrition we have a number of Registered Dietitians on staff that would be available to speak to you. Any questions or comments may be directed: