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Preparing For University

The move from home to a post-secondary setting is often a challenging transition for students. For many, it means living away from home for the first time, accessing meals through campus foodservice, navigating new systems in communities with student populations considerably larger than your high schools, and meeting many new people. In addition, first-year students with food allergies have the responsibility of managing their medical condition in a new environment.

In preparation for these changes, it is strongly advised that you:

  • Understand what you are allergic to;
  • Identify yourself as someone with a severe allergy when registering for residence, by completing a Residence Priority Consideration Form and by providing additional dietary information during the "Residence On-boarding Process" in mid-summer;
  • Contact the Hospitality Services Nutrition Manager preferably prior to arriving;
  • Identify yourself to the foodservice staff upon arrival and plan to meet the foodservice leadership team as early in the year as possible;
  • Complete a pdf file Food Allergy Emergency Plan Form and submit it to the Foodservices Unit Manager, Chef or Supervisor;
  • Work closely with the chef/kitchen delegate when making all food selection;
  • Identify yourself to your suite-mates, dons, RA's and Residence Managers;
  • Be prepared to educate others with whom you are in regular contact;
  • Carry an epinephrine auto-injector at ALL times and know how to use it;
  • Wear a medical identification (e.g., MedicAlert) in case of emergency;
  • Recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction;
  • Read menus/labels carefully and never take chances with unfamiliar, unlabeled foods;
  • If you suspect you are having an allergic reaction report it immediately. Staff is trained to dial 911 in emergencies to dispatch the Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) on campus. SERT carries two stock epinephrine auto-injectors;
  • Recognize you are not alone in managing your allergy. We can assist you in making more informed decisions.

Healthy eating begins at the grocery store. Fill your cart with whole grain breads and cereals, rice and pasta, fruit and vegetables, milk and milk products, lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and alternatives such as dried beans, peas and lentils. Read labels to guide your food choices.

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