Benefits of Eating Well

  • You feel your best inside and outside 
  • Improved mood and attitude
  • Increased energy levels which translate into increased productivity
  • Reduced risk of other health problems occurring 

How to Eat Well

  • Eat breakfast – it really is the most important meal of the day to help fuel your mind and body for the day ahead
  • Use MyPlate – helps you identify the right foods and portions to have so you achieve a well-balanced selection of foods from  each of the food groups

  • Don’t skip meals – if you know you will have a busy schedule be sure to pack healthy snacks to take along
    Pretzels, trail mix, peanut butter & whole wheat crackers, granola bar, piece of fruit, raw veggies
    For more info on Smart Snacking
  • Drink plenty of water – staying hydrated helps you feel fuller and reduces cravings that lead to unhealthy choices
  • Plan for cravings – know what and when you crave for salty or sweet items and plan accordingly so you can make a healthy choice
  • Be active – great way to stay physically fit and feel well which leads to healthier choices with snacking and meals
  • Dining Halls – There are many food options available. Dining Services has made it easier for you to make balanced healthful choices by identifying foods with the “Better Choice” symbol.

    List of dining halls and menus
  • Other Eating Options: Several of the campus buildings have café’s or eateries that have a wide variety of food options so be sure to explore them. The Illini Union also has a food court.
  • Nutritional Information – Dining Services provides ingredients and nutrition information
    via EatSmart on their website.
    McKinley Health Center’s handout on Reading Nutrition Labels helps you understand nutrition facts found on foods.

Nutrition Resources

  • McKinley Health Education – Meet with one of our dietitian’s to answer your nutrition questions and/or concerns.
    Call 217-333-2714 to schedule an appointment.