Make your next meeting a healthy meeting

Fruits and vegetablesSo, you’re ready to schedule your next big campus meeting or event. You’ve reserved the room. You’ve decided on the set up of table and chairs. Invitations have gone out. Podium. Stage. Audio. Agenda.

Oh, yes, what about food?

What ABOUT food?

“Nutrition can be a tricky topic especially when hosting events and meetings,” said Carrie Clyde, YSU Wellness coordinator.

Choosing the right food for your next campus get-together is the focus of the new Healthy Meeting Options Resource Guide from the Living Well, YSU Employee Wellness Program.

Calories, healthy choices, portion size, special dietary requests, allergies, beverages – and even how to take a break during meetings to stretch and exercise – are all included in the 17-page guide.

Carrie Clyde

Carrie Clyde

“I have received comments at events that I have attended on campus, employees asking why we do not have healthier food options,” Clyde said. “While I cannot plan the meals for the events on campus, I can help to educate on how to make healthier decisions when selecting foods and how to include more nutrient-dense foods on the menu.”

The guide was developed over the summer by Lesley Anne Roddy as part of her requirements for a master’s degree in Public Health at YSU. The guide is built on five principles: eating fewer calories, being more active, making wiser food choices, increasing consumption of whole grains, as well as fruits and vegetables.

It is an effort to help shift the culture to think a little healthier,” Clyde said. “Small steps.”

Read the guide at