An assortment of healthy fruits.

Health and Special Diets

Healthy Eating

We encourage you to find the balance that is right for you. While we do not promote any particular style of dining, we want to provide you with the best tools for making your own choices.

Quick Tips for Healthy Eating at Miami

Balance Calories

  • Avoid oversized portions
  • Focus of foods that are nutrient dense, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains

How to choose foods in the dining halls

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make half of your grains whole grains
  • Drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Put your salad dressings on the side
  • Choose a fruit or vegetable instead of fries

Ask the Dietitian

Have questions about healthy eating? Have a special dietary need? Contact our dietitian! Schedule a meeting with the dietitian to get answers to your questions about eating healthy or eating on campus with food allergies. Our Registered Dietitian 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!

Corinne Gilardi RDN, LD
Email: gilardcr@miamioh.edu
Phone: 513-529-5552

Special Diets

Miami University Dining Service team is committed to providing our patrons with an exceptional on-campus dining experience that takes into consideration their medical needs, lifestyle choices, cultural backgrounds, and religious affiliations. We offer special diet assistance to Miami University students, summer program participants, and visitors/guests. Our goal is to provide the same level of assistance for campus visitors and summer program participants as we do for our full time students.

Please fill out the “formstack submission” with your special diet need. Once submitted, our Registered Dietitian will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss your special diet needs.

Please understand that there may be a considerable time commitment involved in working out the details of your special dietary needs. Planning ahead and communicating with Dining Services is essential. Summer program participants, be sure to submit your special diet request at least two weeks prior to the start date of your program.

Special Diet Request Form

We offer the same caliber of special diet assistance to our summer programming participants as we do to our full-time students. If you are a summer programming participant of the guardian of summer programming participant please call the Demske Culinary Support Center at 513-529-3040 and complete a Special Diet Request.

Special Diet Request

Please complete and submit the special diet form. Be sure to submit at least two weeks prior to the start date of your camp. Once your form has been processed, one of our staff members will contact you within one to two business days to follow-up on your submission. At this time we will discuss menus planned for your summer activity. From there we will assess the feasibility of eating from the standard menu or make decisions as to menu adjustments or the preparation of specialty items for the special dietary need under discussion. If we need to purchase specialty foods for you, we will do so at no additional cost.

We look forward to helping you enjoy your summer dining experience at Miami University. We are proud of the fact that upon their high school graduation, some of our programming participants have chosen Miami as their university destination, based partly on their positive dining experiences.

Food Allergy Disclaimer

Miami University uses its best faith efforts to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies and to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies. The allergen information provided is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge, but it is based entirely on the information provided by our ingredient manufacturers and suppliers. Because of the number of meals served, the number of items used each day, food product changes from our food vendors, and/or the limited number of allergens that manufacturers are required to disclose, it cannot be guaranteed that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. There is always a risk that our menu items may contain allergens or may have come in contact with other items containing allergens. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. All of our foods are prepared in facilities where peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk, and eggs are also prepared.

Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Miami University will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any University establishments. It is the responsibility of the customer with food allergies or other specified nutritional concerns to make the final judgment on whether or not to question the ingredients of a food item or to choose to eat the foods selected. Guests are encouraged to consider the information provided, to their own satisfaction, in light of their individual needs and requirements. Guests with food allergies, food intolerances, or other special-diets that require abstaining from certain food items should consult a Chef or Dining Manager for specific ingredient questions when in the dining facility. Guests can also set-up a meeting with our Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for additional information and/or support.

FAQ

  • What paperwork do I have to fill out to get special diet assistance?
    • You will need to submit a special diet request form, which is found on the special diets tab on this page. All requests for assistance should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of your program or the semester. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • What special diet accommodations do you make for summer program participants and one-time visitors/guests?
    • We offer the same level of special dietary assistance to our summer campers and visitors/guests as we do for our students during the academic school year in regards to menu and ingredient review, purchasing of specialty products, and the preparation of specialty foods through prearrangement. Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • Whom should I talk to if I have a question about an item on the menu?
    • Always ask to speak with the manager, chef, or food production leader on duty if you have questions about menus and/or ingredients. These individuals will be able to provide you with the most accurate information about the foods being served at any meal. Our RD also has access to all menus and ingredients for every location on campus.
  • I have been diagnosed with a medical condition. Do you provide dietary counseling?
    • We have a Registered Dietitian on staff who can meet, discuss and provide suggestions for dietary needs related to a medical condition. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for further discussion.
  • I am in high school and am thinking about attending Miami University. I have special dietary needs. What can you tell me about the accommodations you make for these kinds of requests?
    • We will absolutely discuss special dietary needs prior to committing to be a student at Miami University. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for further discussion and to plan an on campus meeting if desired.
  • I am a diabetic and need carbohydrate counts of foods. Where do I find that information?
    • Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance. We are happy to assist in providing carbohydrates counts for favorite foods and/or assist you in accessing our online nutritional database.
  • I am lactose intolerant. Where can I get lactose free milk or non-dairy milk alternatives?
    • Our convenience markets carry a variety of products to meet your needs; however due to size and space limitations, the particular product you’re looking for may not be in every market. Soy milk is available upon request at all dining locations. Other alternatives, such as rice milk are available upon request once you have registered as a special diet student. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • I am allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. What is Miami University’s tree nut and peanut policy?
    • Miami University is a “Nut Friendly” campus. This means that we do not actively use nuts in our recipes. We also extend to not purchase commercial products that house a “may contain [nuts]” statement. However, we do still carry products that houses a “produced in the same facility as [nuts]”, “processed on shared equipment with [nuts]”, etc. statement. These items are coded with an allergen icon on menus that looks like a factory. We still carry sealed nut products in our convenience stores and our “Nut Friendly” initiatives do not apply to any Starbucks location.
  • I have specific food requirements and can only eat certain brands of food. How can you accommodate me?
    • We will do our best to accommodate each individual’s requests. If you have allergies or medical needs, specific brands can be obtained for you to use with your meal plan. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • How can you accommodate my gluten free diet on campus?
    • The Allergen station at Western Dining Commons and the Gluten Friendly station at Maple Street Commons serve gluten free options. We offer a variety of gluten free products including bread, bagels, buns, pizza crust, blueberry muffins and cookies available upon request at a variety of dining venus around campus. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • How can you accommodate my vegan diet on campus?
    • Our definition of vegan is foods free of animal products including honey, gelatin and dairy products including rennet. We serve a variety of vegan entrees throughout our dining venues daily. Vegan offerings are also sold in our market locations. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • How are Halal diets accommodated?
    • We do not have dedicated Halal facilities on our campus. We can however provide Halal friendly foods embracing the basic principles of Halal, including Halal meats, no pork, and no alcohol. Our convenience markets carry a limited supply of Halal foods which you can purchase with your meal plan to supplement your daily food needs. Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.
  • How are Kosher diets accommodated?
    • We do not have dedicated Kosher food preparation facilities on our campus. We can however purchase Kosher foods and sell them from our convenience markets. Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.