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Dining halls debut nutritional info kiosks

26 March 2014 By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor No Comments

In an effort to improve student health and dietary wellbeing, nutrition information kiosks have been added to the West Village, Newell and Glen dining halls.

The kiosks, which are touch screen and operate similarly to iPads, were installed during spring break, though the University’s DineOnCampus website, which offers similar customized nutritional guidelines, has been active for some time.

In conjunction with the website dining.towson.edu, the informational kiosks will predominantly allow students and faculty to check the general healthiness of their meals and review the nutritional values of other menu options.

The kiosks will also have limited email capabilities.

This will allow the kiosks’ users to take the information they find and send it to themselves via email for later use and consideration.
Users will also be able to provide the University with feedback pertaining to dining services from any of the kiosk locations.

The machines are very user friendly, Marketing Director of Dining Services Beth Valle said. “We’re really excited about them. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while.”

And, to aid new users and interested students, Dining Services plans to have nutritionists temporarily stationed nearby that will be able to offer advice and personalized care. These nutritionists will also contribute toward a weekly healthy meal choice that will be advertised at each of the three dining halls.

According to Valle, the University would eventually want to have these machines installed in other locations and eateries around campus.
However, due to the detailed nature of recipe collection and dietary calculation, there is “no timeframe for that yet.” The project is a “big undertaking,” according to Valle.

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