By Buhle Khumalo
Are you satisfied with the food you can buy on campus or the food served at residences? Most aren’t. We know a healthy diet equals a healthy brain. Studies have proven that by consuming the right amount of nutrients, the brain can work wonders, and as such can help you achieve your full potential. That means chowing that course with full force.
Meals sold on campus are not nutrient-rich, but food at residences is even less healthy. According to the ResLife Handbook, residences do not offer special or dietary meals because it is “a mass catering system,” but this leads to students’ dietary needs not being fulfilled. Moreover, residences offer the same meal options for consecutive days, for example, chicken and beef seem like everyday options, whereas we know too much of a good thing is harmful.
It is really inappropriate for such an “inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning” to turn a blind eye when it comes to the well-being of its students. It is the University’s responsibility to make sure the food being sold and served to the students is healthy and nutrient-rich. The University should be accountable for the delivery of healthy food to its students, both in res and on campus, seeing as how unhealthy eating results in poor academic performance, a decline in energy levels, and higher stress levels. By doing so, the University will enable students to perform at their full potential.