Student health and quality of life should be an important priority for any academic institution. Dining Services at Wartburg is tasked with providing nutritional food for students on campus. In light of this, the dining services office has not made available nutritional information for meals served on campus to confirm that they are upholding this duty.
For the last few years, the dining services office has claimed that they are working towards calculating the information for students’ use. As of the beginning of this year, information has still not been provided, and no timetable has been set for the release of it.
While release of the nutritional information is not required, it is an important issue that needs to be addressed. Due to this, students who are looking to maintain a healthier diet and intake specific macronutrient goals are struggling to uphold this.
Wartburg is filled with athletes: their coaches expect them to eat specific foods and stay away from others. The lack of nutritional information can make this task more difficult for athletes to know exactly what they are putting in their body.
Many students have specific dietary needs that go beyond simply clean eating, and turn into health concerns. These students lack the flexibility and choices that other students are being given. While they can arrange to have special meals made for them, they do not control what is made.
Wartburg has made commitments to student health by supplying students with access to workout equipment, mental health services and clean living environments.
It is time for them to take the next step by supplying nutritional information for all food that is made and served on campus. A time table should be provided to students for the release of nutritional information during this academic year.