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A Healthy Diet Starts Now!

Article Written by Erin Jung, Sophomore and SAND (Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Member

College students are notorious for their not-so balanced diets. We tend to reach for fast food, take out, packaged snacks, and microwavable meals. While these items are wonderful for convenience and are found at a reasonable price point, our health can often suffer from our less-than-stellar lifestyle choices.

There are several reasons as to why we should start caring more about which foods we’re fueling up on at this time in our lives. Some choices will have an immediate impact, while others can change the course of our health for years to come. Eating healthy can provide sustained energy over each day, and it can also improve our mood. Farther down the line, the right diet can help prevent a number of different diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Fortunately, Miami’s dining halls consistently have healthful options available at all times of the day. It can be tempting to fill up on calorie dense-nutrient poor foods, but with a little bit of self-discipline, every student has the potential to put the right foods on our plates for a delicious and balanced meal.

So what are some of these healthy habits that we should be implementing now? Here are some things that all college students should at the very least consider practicing at this stage of life.

Eat a filling breakfast

It’s very cliché, but breakfast indeed is the most important meal of the day. Our brains and bodies require energy in order to take on the day ahead, and the most promising way to supply this energy is by eating a hearty breakfast. Yes, it may be easier just to grab a granola bar on the way to class, but this alone will not keep most students full and focused for very long. An inexpensive yet filling choice is oatmeal, as it’s extremely versatile, and you can add toppings of your choice to make it even tastier.

Say “no” to fast, fried food

While everything is okay in moderation, fried foods do not offer us any substantial nutritional benefits. In fact, lots of people complain about feeling sick or sluggish after eating these kinds of foods. Every once in a while it’s okay, but as we get older, we really need to focus on fueling our bodies with whole, unprocessed foods.

Sticking to water

You’ve all heard it a million times, but there’s a reason why people push the importance of drinking water – our bodies love this stuff! Soda and juice are high in sugar and quite frankly a waste of calories. Get yourself a high-quality, reusable, insulated water bottle to keep your water cold all day. It’s definitely worth the investment—you’ll save so much money by choosing not to buy plastic water bottles each day before class! If you like a sweeter taste to your water, try adding fruits to your water for a healthy alternative. You can find infused waters in Commons locations all across campus.


The key is to start small, implementing one or two of these tips at a time. With consistency and persistence, every college student can start eating better now to set the stage for the future of our health.

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Student Spotlight – Jenny Nieman

Q: What is your title/role?

A: I am a Student Manager at the Starbucks on Maple Street.

Q: So are you a “barista?”

A: Yes, I am a certified barista through Starbucks. But as a Student Manager, I’m also in charge of delegating tasks, pulling sandwiches and pastries, that kind of stuff.

Q: What is your background like? Major, tc.

A: I grew up in Urbana, Ohio, in a super small farm town. I’m a major in Communications and Photography so I’m a very visual person. Working at Starbucks has allowed me to use some of my visual and artistic skills to work with marketing and advertising for the store.

Q: How did you get into the food service? Did you have prior experience?

A: I had no prior experience before coming to college. I worked as a camp counselor and I worked picking berries but never actually in food service. Freshman year I worked at Garden Commons for a semester and then I came to Starbucks and have been here for the last year and a half.

Q: What is the most exciting part of the job?

A: The time goes very quickly when there’s a line out the door. It’s exciting to just be able to move from one cup to another, and once you get in a rhythm you can just go.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with the other student employees?

A: Working in such a stressful environment in such small quarters kind of forces us to get to know each other and learn how to work with each other. This has allowed me to not only meet incredible people, but also to form friendships that I wouldn’t have otherwise found.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with guests?

A: When guests are nice, it makes your day. When they come in, ask you how you are and are very friendly it makes your day. Sometimes, people can get frustrated when we’re busy, but we just offer the best customer support we can and keep the drinks moving.

Q: How would you describe yourself personally? Hobbies? Interests?

A: Well my roommate has a dog, so I love to play with her. I’m also super outdoorsy. I love to hike, camp, kayak, all that. I’m very artistic; I love to do photography, paint, do crafts. Mostly I just love to be outside.

Q: What is one thing not many people know about you?

A: People know this once they get to know me, but I’m wildly optimistic. I find the good in literally everything.

Q: What is your favorite drink to prepare? What is your favorite drink to drink?

A: My favorite drink to prepare is the Starbucks Double Shot. It’s just ice and espresso. You shake it up real well, pour it in a cup and top it with milk. Once you top it off with milk, it’s all swirly and really pretty, so it’s fun to make. My favorite drink to drink is the London Fog Latte, which is Earl Grey Tea, and I like to put soy milk in it. Some people say it tastes like Froot Loops, but I think it’s really good. It’s a nice comforting tea drink.

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: I love The Office and New Girl. Again, I’m incredibly optimistic, so anything that’s a happy sitcom. Any comedies are usually my cup of tea. …haha I didn’t mean to make that pun.

Q: Cat or dog?

A: Dog 100 percent.

Q: What have you learned so far from Starbucks?

A: I’ve learned how to be more patient and how to handle a lot of stress. We can have a lineup of probably fifty cups and I no longer get stressed about it. It just pushes me to go a little faster, so my time management has definitely been improved.

Q: Any advice for applying/working for Miami University Dining?

A: Since I’ve mostly worked in Starbucks, which kind of feels like it’s own separate branch, I can’t give a ton of advice, but I would recommend it. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I plan to work here until graduation. Once you start, you usually end up meeting some pretty cool customers and you work with some great people. So having that experience has been a good one that’s taught me a lot.

Q: Anything else?

A: We’d love for you to come to Starbucks, but be patient and friendly. You’ll get a great drink and a great interaction.

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Staff Spotlight – Corinne Gilardi

Registered Dietitian Corinne Gilardi is a Miami alum who has recently joined the Dining Services staff. She helps students who have dietary restrictions (allergies, intolerances, preferences, etc.) determine what they can safely eat on campus.

Q: When you were at Miami, what was your major?

A: I was a double major in Dietetics and Health Promotion.

Q: How did you pick your major?

A: I chose my major randomly. My mom’s a nurse practitioner, so I’ve always grown up around the medical/health field. I knew I wanted to do something like that, but I quickly found out I cannot do “nurse things,” so I was trying to find alternate options. When I was applying for Miami, I didn’t want to apply undecided on the application. I just scrolled through the options and nutrition popped out. So I said, “Okay, I’ll click that for now and we’ll see how it goes.” Then my first class freshman year was Intro to Nutrition and I fell in love ever since.

Q: How did you get in to food services? What was your experience?
A: After I graduated from Miami in 2016, I had to do a dietetic internship. All registered dietitians have to do this internship before they can take their boards to be a registered dietitian. During my internship, I had to do rotations in clinical, community, and food service. When I did my food service rotation, I was in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I did my rotation with Cincinnati Public Schools and Norwood City Schools. Through that, I found that I really enjoyed working with students and educating and making sure that they were aware of the foods that they could eat.

Q: What would you say is the most exciting part of your job?

A: The most exciting part of my job is working with the students and them seeing that they’re able to eat a lot of the foods that we have on campus, being a nut friendly facility, the allergen station at Western, and the gluten friendly station at Maplestreet Commons. Some students who have a lot of allergies are very concerned about what they can and can’t eat. Once they meet with me, it’s fun to see them be excited about the options.

Q: How would you describe yourself personally? What are your hobbies?

A: I’m outgoing. I like to talk a lot and make new friends. I like to hang out with my sister; she’s my best friend. I like to cook, exercise and go try new restaurants. I’m a total foodie. My friends and family are important to me!

Q: What is your favorite dish to prepare?

A: I’m Italian, so I like to make my great-grandma’s spaghetti and meatballs. It’s just a good comfort food. Maybe not the most healthy… but that’s alright. Moderation! Moderation is my key to life.

Q: What is your favorite dish to eat?

A: It’s not a dish, but my favorite food is ice cream. Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip all the way.

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve become very addicted to it. I started watching it when I was a freshman in college and I think I’ve watched it all the way through two or three times.

Q: Cat or dog person?

A: Dog. I have two dogs actually: Cookie and Faith.

Q: What have you learned so far in your position?

A: I’ve learned that communication is key. You learn communication when you’re in school about making sure you email, but it’s not just email communication. It’s the face-to-face communication and making sure that everyone is on the same page. I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned throughout this process. Not only making sure that you’re saying the right things, but that you’re also telling it effectively to everyone who needs to know. 

Q: What is your advice for a student applying to work in Miami University Dining?

A: Just do it! When I went to school here, I worked in a dining hall for two years. I did that because I needed money as a college student, but I also did it because it gave me something else to do. I wasn’t just sitting in my room or sitting in an academic building doing homework all the time. It took up a couple hours out of my day. But just do it. And if you have questions, reach out. Ask the managers. Ask the student managers. Get involved!


Schedule a meeting with the Corinne to get answers to your questions about eating healthy or eating on campus with food allergies. She can speak with you about many nutrition topics. Here are some of the most frequent topics students ask about:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Weight Loss
  • Special Diets, like food allergies, medical conditions, and lifestyle restrictions
  • Healthy Cooking
  • And more!

Email: gilardcr@miamioh.edu

Phone: 513-529-5552

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Staff Spotlight: Scott Rouse

“Have a little bit of adventure every day. It keeps life interesting.” Executive Chef Scott Rouse is a man with many hobbies and extracurricular activities, all of which keep his life interesting outside his extensive involvement here with Miami University Dining. Whether it be driving a hearse (he loves when you take selfies with it), scuba diving, or scaring people at Halloween Haunt for 11 years, he’s way more than a chef.

Scott is currently the executive chef for Garden Commons, Martin Dining Hall, Dividends, Middletown campus, and the Hamilton campus. He has been in the dining culture of Miami for 6 years, but has been a chef for 30 years. He has worked in every aspect of food service other than a hospital! He is heavily involved in staying busy and loves to have a good time doing it. We thought we would sit him down to learn even more about him.

Q: What is your background, both personal and professional?

A: I grew up in Liberty Township, Ohio, so I’m a local boy. Junior and senior year I went to vocational school at Butler Tech-D Russel Lee. I worked in the field for a year, then I went to New England Culinary Institute in Vermont for two years. I’ve worked at hotels (including Netherland Plaza), The Regal Cincinnati, fine dining, NKU,and also a retirement community. Outside of work, I do volunteer work two nights a week as a facilitator for Smart Recovery, which is a 12 step alternative that meets here in Oxford every week.

Q: What is the most exciting part about your job?

A: You know, sometimes these guys (students) are just having a bad day and they just want something hot in their stomach, they want to relax or chill out, or they might have had a bad test. When they come in, we get them on the right path again. That’s the most exciting part for me.

Q: What is your favorite part about Miami University Dining?

A: Diversity. As far as some of the other food operations I’ve seen before, I think we have a lot going on— it’s really cool. In my 6 years on campus, we’ve seen a huge shift in the dining halls. With all these new concepts like Garden and Maplestreet Commons, the cost of a swipe gives you multiple food concepts. The big push is because of the students. The students are well-traveled and know different food concepts and know what good food is, so that’s what they expect and we give them just that. It’s been exciting to see parents when they walk in and say “Wow this wasn’t like this when I was in college.”

Q: How would you describe your personality?

A: Quiet and shy… No, not at all! I can’t even say that with a straight face! I like to have a good time and that’s what it’s about. Your day is what you make it and if you’re having fun when you’re working, you’re going to give 100%. No one wants to go some place and be absolutely miserable. That makes your whole life miserable. There’s going to be times when you spend more time with coworkers than family, so you might as well have some laughs along the way.

Q: What are some of your hobbies? Interests?

A: I have more hobbies than I have hours in the day. I ride motorcycles, I drive a hearse that people take selfies with all the time outside, I’m a scuba diver and a certified rescue diver and I’m working on my divemaster certification. I am never bored! You know it’s true, idleness is the devil’s workshop, and let me tell you I’m a pretty good carpenter.

Q: What is one of your favorite dishes to prepare?

A: I can’t say I have a favorite dish but I have a favorite style. I’d say my favorite style would be creole. I love creole cuisine because it’s very American. You’re taking influences of French, Spanish, and African and you’re blending that just like America – it’s a big melting pot.

Q: What is your favorite dish to eat?

A: Anything that doesn’t eat me first. But really, my favorite meal is anything I don’t have to cook. It’s funny because people find out what I do for a living and they ask my wife “Oh, you must get some great meals.” She is like, “Yeah, but he doesn’t like to cook when he gets home.” Then they look at me like I’m a lazy bum. Woah, hold up! What do you do for a living? Do you want to do that when you go home? Because I don’t either!

Q: Cat or Dog?

A: Yes! We have a cat, a dog, and three fish. At one point we’ve had five dogs, two cats, a handful of fish in a water garden I built outside, and I even owned a pot bellied pig. Animals over kids! There’s some things even I won’t do.

Q: Any advice for people applying/working for Miami University Dining?

A: I think working in dining is a great experience, especially students that are potentially looking for their first job. That’s something here at Miami that I think is very interesting, is that we do have students who come that have never worked before. This is a really good experience for them to transition into the work world. The shifts are quite different than the real world, but it gives you a different perspective on things. For example, guest interactions. Everyone knows how they want to be treated, but now you’re on the other foot and now you get the opportunity to take care of somebody else. You learn time management, cleanliness, and so many interpersonal skills. It is a great transition into the real world.

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What is strEATS?

Follow MU strEATS on Twitter to keep up to date with the availability and location of the strEATS food truck!

Guess what’s coming back!?

Miami University’s official food truck ‘strEATS’!

The mobile dining destination returns to Miami’s campus this fall, offering students a truly “on-the-go” option. Students who have been fortunate enough to experience strEATS before, have a sense of what the food truck is all about, but for those who are just getting on campus, it’s time to get acquainted. 

Mobile dining from a vehicle isn’t a foreign concept, having roots that date back to specially modified chuck wagons that people served food out of back in the 1860s. However, the modern food truck craze didn’t really take hold until 2008 when trucks began serving gourmet food with social media playing a key role in the process. Over the following years, the food truck gained more popularity with more and more people diving into the unique dining concept with college campuses shortly following suit.

The idea of a food truck is simple. Offer convenient, high-quality food to those who want to grab something quickly, using Twitter to inform customers of the truck’s changing location. People are busy and have places to be. A food truck helps customers get a high-quality, delicious meal without having to dine-in and the convenience of the food truck allows that meal to be offered at different locations around the city, town or – in our case – campus.

And… that’s where strEATS comes in.

StrEATS first hit the road in March 2012, based on the food trucks found in big cities across the country and other college campuses. Since it’s appearance, students have loved to stop by the red and white food truck and pick up a quick bite to eat, whether heading to class, a study session or just meeting up with friends.

Now, in order to know when strEATS is out and about and where the truck is located, you will want to follow MU strEATS on Twitter. There, tweets will be sent out whenever the truck is on campus, serving the students and staff that need a quick meal. On Twitter, followers will be updated with the hours and where you can find the truck. Then, look for the truck at the tweeted location, place an order and enjoy! StrEATS accepts student meal plans, credit cards and debit cards, which helps simplify the ordering process for students and gets them on their way quickly.

StrEATS will be available across campus this fall in a variety of locations. That said, we would love to hear some suggestions from you. Be sure to keep an eye out for the strEATs truck on your way to and from class, but also monitor MU strEATS on Twitter to make sure you always know when the food truck is out!

Greystone: Your Summer Savior

Tucked in across from TeaHive in Western Dining Commons, Greystone is the most convenient and expansive shopping experience on Western campus and this summer it is open, providing students, incoming and current, a breath of fresh air in what has been a hot, humid – and very rainy – summer.

Western campus has been the staging area for another great class of Miami RedHawks this summer, hosting First-Year Student Orientation for meals and housing since June 3rd. Through it all, Greystone has remained, providing students with a wide-range of options for any of their needs.

Greystone Market

Greystone Market on Western campus.

Whether it be a member of Miami University’s Class of 2019 who left a cosmetic item at home, blinded by their growing excitement to begin their journey as a RedHawk, or a seasoned veteran of college life who knew they needed a drink before diving out into the blinding sun and searing heat (or pouring rain…), Greystone has been there, offering groceries, snacks, water, salads and sandwiches. Greystone has been a “summer savior”, preparing you for what you weren’t prepared for.

For those of you who have yet to complete orientation at the beautiful Oxford, Ohio campus, Greystone is still open this summer for your convenience. Need toothpaste? We have it. Need a snack? We also have that. Or, just stop by to check out the natural and organic items we carry on our shelves.

For those of you who were caught unaware and didn’t find yourself graced by the convenience of Greystone, be sure to stop by this fall or try any of the other market options throughout the Miami University campus. Whether it is M Emporium in Armstrong Student Center, Market Street at MacCracken, Spring Street Market in Shriver Center or the Dorsey Market (NEW!) on East Quad, the Miami markets have everything you need at your convenience.

Greystone Summer Hours

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Carpe Crepes

Seize the crepes.

Our first Super Brunch of the year is tomorrow! Western Dining Commons from 10-2.

Put a reminder in your phone!

Along with crepes and various other menu items, Frittatas will also be served. To make a healthy start to your Sunday, choose egg whites and plenty of veggies!

Frittatas will also be served at Super Brunch. They are customizable with your choice of fresh fillings including veggies, meat, and cheese, then mixed with egg or egg whites and baked to perfection.

Frittatas will also be served at Super Brunch. They are customizable with your choice of fresh fillings including veggies, meat, and cheese, then mixed with egg or egg whites and baked to perfection.