On Monday, we met with Ann-Marie, who gave us some helpful feedback on our survey and took us to the Pavilion to set up an appointment with Khan. The next day, before lunch, Khan showed us through the cooking area and explained how CulinArt kept as much food as possible fresh. We were not able to access a log of sales, but we are planning to observe the food students buy every day on our own. We also had an opportunity to get in touch with Dr. Sean Hashmi, a board certified Internist, Nephrologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist at Kaiser Permanente. He kindly shared with us his presentation entitled “Scientific Approach to Nutrition 2017,” for which he had reviewed over 600 studies. We used some of the information in an education portion of our survey.
Later in the week, our survey results came back. We discovered that many students wanted shorter lines and/or more options. Many of them also indicated they would choose healthier foods after reading some of the information in our survey. As a group, we decided to encourage people to eat healthy in a few different ways to create a larger effect. Rachel went to the Pavilion and took notes on the amount of saturated fat in popular snacks, while Ben worked on the poster. Joy incorporated some of Dr. Hashmi’s feedback and created an educational flier on healthy eating with information from the American Heart Association and studies mentioned in Dr. Hashmi’s slides. On Friday, Jeff Miller gave tips on alignment, spacing, proximity, and contrast, and showed us how to organize our posters. We plan to introduce our ideas to CulinArt on Monday, which include adding a heart-healthy option (such as avocado toast), creating an express line for healthier food, and educating people on healthy food choices with signs and/or fliers.