Columbia Dining showcases themed menus and special events throughout the academic year, including initiatives with a nutrition focus. Below you will find information on just some of the special events that our Registered Dietitian helps coordinate.
On Mondays, most Americans move from the freedom of the weekend to a structured work or school week . Eating meatless on Monday may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It helps to reduce our carbon footprint and save resources like fresh water and fossil fuels. People who eat less meat also tend to have a lower body weight. Green Monday is observed in Columbia Dining every week. A vegetarian or vegan option is available at all stations each day of the week. Learn more about the Green Monday initiative here at Columbia and take the pledge to go green.
Food Day is a national initiative created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), celebrating healthy, affordable, and sustainable food choices. It takes place annually on October 24th, with a goal to “strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.” It addresses issues including health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. Since 2012, Columbia Dining has celebrated Food Day in John Jay Dining Hall, featuring a local and healthy menu, including vegetarian and vegan options, as well as smaller portions.
National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month, celebrated annually in March, is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, importance is placed on making informed food choices and physical activity habits. At John Jay Dining Hall, National Nutrition Month Dinner is held every year to showcase the nutrition services available through Dining Services as well as the variety of healthy food options available in the Dining halls.