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Nutrition & Allergens

NetNutrition

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. 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

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 colored icons in NetNutrition to quickly identify food traits, food allergens and dietary preferences.

If you are an Incoming Student and have a Dietary Concern, Follow these Steps:

Allergy/Dietary Requirement Self-Declaration Form

  1. Fill out the allergy/dietary requirement self-declaration form; or contact our registered dietitian at dietitian@housing.wisc.edu or 608-262-3994.
  2. The dietitian connect with you to 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 dining plan.
  5. Our registered dietitian and culinary staff will continue to be a resource for you throughout your time in University Housing.

Allergies and Special Dietary Requirements

  • Students with food allergies or special dietary requirements 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 contact 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.

PLEASE NOTE: While the University Housing Dining and Culinary Services does not have allergen-free facilities and serving lines, we take every precaution to check ingredient information and to ensure that cross contamination of ingredients does not occur. Our fryers are used for all fried food products and those products should not be considered allergen-free.

Ingredients and nutritional content may vary. Manufacturers may change their product formulation or consistency without our knowledge and product availability may fluctuate. While we make every effort to identify nutrition data and allergen information, we cannot assure against these contingencies.

It is the responsibility of the customer with food allergies or other specified nutritional concerns to make the final judgment on whether or not to question the ingredients of a food item or to choose to eat the foods selected. Guests are encouraged to consider the information provided, to their own satisfaction, in light of their individual needs and requirements. For individualized assistance please contact the Registered Dietitian at Dietitian@housing.wisc.edu.

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 fitday.com allows you to track your food intake, exercise, goals and weight loss.
  • Choosemyplate.gov 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: dietitian@housing.wisc.edu.