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Welcome to Nutrition Services!

nutrition servicesOur Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Brenda Walton, is available to answer any questions about making healthy food choices, how to look and feel your best, managing personal health issues or improving athletic performance. Students who are required to follow a medically-prescribed diet may schedule an appointment and present documentation from your physician. Private consultations are free of charge to Ferris students and staff. Brenda also takes referrals from Birkham Health Center, the Counseling Center and athletic coaches. Brenda works closely with the Dining staff in order those with special dietary needs are properly taken care of.

Other services offered are; tips on shopping and preparing meals at a low cost, speak on nutrition topics in the on campus residence halls and for other student organizations and many other health and eating concerns you may have.

To request an appointment with Brenda, contact her using the given information on the side contact box.

Nutri-Choice Program

choose my plateFerris State University Dining Services staff strives to provide a wide variety of foods while accommodating to meet each student's needs. Nutri-Choice is a program designed to meet the following goals:

  • Educate students on principles involved in developing healthy eating habits.

  • Assist customers in maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Encourage physical activity and limit alcohol consumption.

  • Promote consumption of food and beverage choices that meet the recommendations of the American Heart Association and American Institute for Cancer Research. These include choosing an overall balanced diet from all major food groups that is rich in fruits, vegetables and grains. Also, selecting foods that are low in fat and sodium, including fat-free and low-fat dairy products, legumes, poultry, lean meats and at least two servings of fish per week.

It is important to take the time and honestly evaluate our eating habits. Scientific research continually supports the fact that we can live a longer and healthier life by; exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, consuming a variety of foods and reducing our choices of fried and high-fat foods and decreasing our intake of excess salt and sugar.

For your educational purposes, we have provided helpful links to kick-start these healthy choices!


Helpful Pages

Want more information on how to live a healthier life? 
Click the links below for more health information.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

Dining Services aims to provide safe and nutritious meals to everyone who dines with us. We recommend students and guests with food allergies inform the Host or Hostess at either The Rock or The Quad Café and ask to speak with a manager about your dietary needs. The Manager will assist you with menu suggestions and answer questions specific to your allergy. Students with a meal plan should also make an appointment to meet with the Dietitian and learn how we can provide you with more allergen-friendly selections at each facility. You may be required to provide an Accommodations Form about your dietary needs. If a doctor prescribes medicine like an EpiPen, carry it with you at all times to use in the event of an allergic reaction.

Students and guests can view the menus, recipe ingredients and potential allergens online or by using the iPad’s at the entrance to The Rock Café and Quad Café. The Allergen Filter, which is located in the upper right corner of the menu page, allows you to identify which foods may contain your allergens.

Gluten Intolerance

Both restaurants have gluten-free wraps, buns, pizza, pasta, and cereal which are available upon request for students and guests. See the menus online for more choices using the Allergen Filter or ask the Manager about the gluten-free options for the day. Most of the food stations can accommodate for gluten intolerance by making a specific request to the Manager. We will provide you with menu selections, cook and serve your food using separate utensils. We ensure that your meal will be safely prepared based on your needs. Students may be required to provide documentation about your dietary needs.

Download the Student Dietary Accommodations Form

For more information, contact the Registered Dietitian.

Eating Vegan and Vegetarian on Campus

Eating Vegan and Vegetarian on CampusThe life of a college student is hard enough without having to worry about where to eat and wether the food is "eatable." As a vegan or vegetarian student it's more difficult to find food options that fit your lifestyle choices. Ferris State University Dining Services works to make these options readily available. With a wide variety of stations, both the Rock Café and Quad Café are great for students. We offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian soups, entreés, salads, sandwiches and much more for your dining pleasure. Students can also take advantage of the iPads located at the entrances to our dining facilities and further explore nutritional facts on offers menu Items. Ask your host/hostess upon entrance for more details

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact a manager at the Rock Café, Quad Café or our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Find out more about different types of plant-based diets, vital nutrients, and healthy vegetarian food choices in the Dining Centers.

Check out our full list of vegan foods!