September 22, 2014, BY Heather Johns

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Planning meals has never been easier at Bucknell University. EatWell, Bucknell Dining Services' new web tool, allows students to plan their meals with the help of complete nutrition and allergy information. 

"EatWell enables our students to make educated food choices based on their specific dietary needs," said David Freeland, district manager, Bucknell Dining Services.

Users pick their campus dining facility and station, then choose foods that meet their needs on a menu specific to that location. The tool displays nutrition information for each food selection, as well as the entire meal.

Food options can be filtered to accommodate allergies to chocolate, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, strawberries, tree nuts and wheat.

"It breaks everything down for you," said Asha Harvey '15. "And it definitely plays well to Bucknell's health initiatives."

Corley Simons '18 uses an EatWell kiosk in Bostwick Marketplace.

The tool can be accessed online or via kiosks in dining locations across campus. Two kiosks are in Bostwick Marketplace, as well as one in the Bison Cafe and one in the Terrace Room.

"Even my most elaborate East Street Deli creation was easy to enter and evaluate," said Mark Merino '17.

If students prefer using an app, as opposed to the web tool or kiosk, nutritional information for Bucknell dining menus is also available on MyFitnessPal, a free app.

"I really like being aware of what's in the food I eat and I'm able to make healthier food choices," said Esmeralda Luna '18. "It's definitely useful when trying to avoid the freshman 15!"