I am currently in my freshman year and I really am enjoying myself. Throughout all of the good things at WMU, one area does stick out like a sore thumb and I would like to share it with you—the dining services. I feel that there are not enough healthy choices and too many unhealthy ones. Now, I know that healthy foods can be more expensive, but it is a long-term investment in your well-being. As students eat the unclean, processed foods, their weight increases while their health decreases, in turn creating more student visits to the medical building that is free for students but obviously is not free to run.
I believe that the first step would be to take out the soft-serve ice cream stations. Then, limiting fried foods to once or twice a week could be a good second step. As students eat less processed foods and more whole foods, their taste buds will change and soon crave just naturally grown foods; as stated by Tosca Reno in The Eat Clean Diet book series. It has also been proven that a clean diet induces better sleep at night and better sleep would create more attentive students who produce better grades.
Also, Kalamazoo is an area abundant with small farms. Has Western Michigan University ever thought of purchasing any of the foods served at the cafeterias from the locals? Locally grown produce is a much healthier choice than prepackaged pastries and such. To summarize, I feel very strongly about fueling the body with a clean diet and feel the dining services at WMU could do a better job with making that happen. Thank you for your time.