Ridgeway Food System Case Study

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Lost in his stream of sweat, Matt finishes his last rep for his complex workout in the Ridgeway Weight Room. Matt is a sprinter on the Western Washington Varsity track team. He realizes practice was a long session, but it lasted its usual four hours. Matt had not eaten since one o’clock because he has class at two and practice at three. It is now seven o’clock on a Wednesday night and all of the dining halls on campus have closed. His only resort is the other on-campus dining services. He realizes the Viking Union, which offers purchasable meals from popular fast food eateries, also closes at 7. His next option is Zoe’s Bagels in the library which is open until 11 at night. As he makes his way to purchase a delicious, hearty bagel for an unreasonable price, he is notified he has run out of the University offered dining …show more content…
The dining hall attempts to offer a large amount of food by implementing an all-you-can-eat system. Missing meals can be incredibly unhealthy, but very common as a college student. One issue that contributes to missed meals are the busy fitness centers. Due to the reconstruction of Carver Gym, there are only two weight lifting facilities on campus: Wade King Recreational Center, and the Ridgeway Weight Room. The Ridgeway weight room is an interim weight room strictly for varsity athletes. Despite the fact from The Journal of Nutritional Behavior that 80 percent of freshmen do not regularly exercise, both facilities are always crowded due to students all attempting to work around their busy schedules. A popular time to go is after classes before dinner begins. Due to the crowded nature of the Rec Center, sometimes workouts never get completed or take too long to complete and go past the time the dining halls are open. The issue originates from the athletic centers being too crowded and the dining halls closing at inconvenient