The so-called Wildcat Plates, named after the school's mascot, offer a bit more detail than the “My Plate” graphic promoted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the USDA image shows a plate divided into four segments labeled “fruits,” “vegetables,” “grains” and “proteins,” the Wildcat plate specifies “lean protein” and “whole grains” and offers suggestions such as “try whole wheat pasta, brown rice or quinoa.”
UNH has set a goal of becoming the nation's healthiest campus by 2020 and believes the new plates are a helpful tool for students who may be away from home and making their own food choices for the first time, says Jo Porter, deputy director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice.
And Princeton University is distributing 5,000 cups that encourage students not to share their beverages as a way to curb the spread of meningitis and promote safe drinking.
The red cups bear the message: “Mine. Not Yours.” They also include markings for the standard size for alcoholic beverages and the phone number for the Ivy League school's public safety department.