Sodexo at UMass Boston Hosts Biggest Loser Finalist, Presents Trends, Unveils New Cuisine
BOSTON, Mass – From student athlete to overweight adult. That’s the path Mark Kruger’s life took before becoming a contestant on “Biggest Loser Season 5” shedding 130 pounds - and a story to be shared as Sodexo at UMass Boston presents “A Better Tomorrow Starts Today...Trends in Student Health and Wellness” on April 26th.
Campus officials from schools across New England will attend the Sodexo seminar which will illuminate the impact dining services has on student wellness.
“There is a definitive, undeniable link between dining, health, well-being and student success,” said Rush Sherman, Sodexo Vice President of the New England Region. “Our goal is to highlight the critical nature of that link and ensure that our initiatives translate to healthy student populations.”
Kruger, the featured guest speaker, will explain how non-healthy food choices and a lack of nutritional resources resulted in major weight gain during his college years. Upon graduating, Kruger found himself 50 pounds heavier and health issues soon followed – a preventable scenario.
The seminar will include a presentation by Sodexo Regional Nutritional Manager Danielle Shargorodsky, RD who will discuss health and wellness trends in campus dining. Technology advances, such as nutrition and dining apps, QR codes and social media, are changing the way students connect with dining services. Food allergies are an ever-growing concern and many students now choose colleges based on flexible dining options, such as Sodexo’s “MyZone,” an allergy-free area. Vegan and vegetarian cuisine is a major trend as more dining guests are choosing meatless meals for health and environment reasons.
Shargorodsky will also review Sodexo’s commitment to local sourcing as students express interest in fresh food options and knowing where their food comes from.
Attendees will learn how to create healthy spice blends during a presentation in which Shargorodsky is joined by Christian King, Sodexo Executive Chef from Curry College. The two will demonstrate a salt-free approach to delicious seasonings.
The reception will culminate with Pan-Asian cuisine, a premiere of Sodexo’s regional dining promotion to launch for the Fall 2012 semester.
About Sodexo (www.sodexousa.com)
Responsible corporate citizenship is at the core of Sodexo's business. The company sets the benchmark in areas such as sustainability, diversity and inclusion, wellness, and the fight against hunger. Sodexo recently launched sustainability plan that affects 80 countries, 30,600 sites, and its 380,000 employees called “The Better Tomorrow Plan.”