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Local College's "Farm to Fork" Program Lands Their Dining Hall Spot on 10 Healthiest List

Eat your veggies, kids! (Photo by Ivonne Wierink via Shutterstock)
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Greasy slices of pizza washed down with caffeinated sodas, cups of sodium-laden instant ramen noodle soup, and lots of coffee are probably most college students' staple food items. It is possible, however, to dine on campus and not pack on the Freshman 15 with fatty, calorie-rich, junk food. has named their picks for the 10 Healthiest College Dining Halls, and one area school's "Farm to Fork" program is helping keep their students eating right.

The kudos goes to Pitzer College, one of the five Claremont colleges, who ranked 7th on the list. At Pitzer, their dining hall menu " features organic vegetables, nuts, grains and fruits which are purchased from local farms and combined to create vegetarian and vegan entrees, sandwiches, juices and side dishes," says Students can pile their plates with green goodies from a salad bar, compile fresh smoothies, and feast from "an omelet bar and a corner deli with meats, cheeses and roasted vegetables."

The 10 best list also includes fellow Californian campuses UC Berkeley (8) and Humboldt State University (10). Top honors went to Maine's Bowdoin College, where much of the cafeteria's non-slop is locally sourced, and, students say, really delicious.