DURHAM, N.H. (September 18, 2013)—Students at the University of New Hampshire may think twice before filling up on fried food and other unhealthy options, thanks to reminders printed right on their plates.
Inspired by the federal government's "MyPlate" dietary guidelines, the university created its own image of what a healthy plate should look like and had it printed on 1,300 dining hall dishes.
Reaction among students has been mixed.
During one recent lunch hour, some were observed piling their plates with broccoli and other vegetables, while others reached for fried food.
Some students said they try to eat healthy but don't put a lot of thought into matching their meal to the fruit, vegetable, grain and protein sections of the plates while others said they ignore them completely.