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Patrice Barber advises a student on nutrition.

Photo/Irene Fertik

A full platter of events from USC’s Hospitality Services is coming to help the university community celebrate National Nutrition Month.

On March 5, Patrice Barber, nutritionist for Auxiliary Services, will staff an “Ask the Dietitian” table at Café 84 where visitors can learn about sports nutrition and eating well at USC. There will be complementary tastes of Odwalla bars, Barber said, and each time visitors buy an Odwalla bar during the month of March, they can enter a drawing for a new Cruiser bike.

On March 9, a Health Fair will be held at The Grill. Interactive displays on topics such as fitness and vegetarian nutrition will be staffed by the HP 431 class (Behavior and Education Strategies for Nutrition and Fitness) under the direction of instructor Carol Koprowski, as well as Barber.

“This is an excellent opportunity to help the USC community while students receive credit for their class,” Koprowski said.

From March 22 to 26, the Upstairs Commons will offer a complete meal: appetizer, main course, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage, that is fresh and fiber-rich, Barber said, with a different menu each day of the week for $12.95 (excluding tax and gratuity).

“We are aiming for 600 to 700 calories and no more than 30 percent of calories from fat for each meal, and we’ll be using whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies and lean protein sources,” said Barber, who added that the goal is to demonstrate excellent nutrition in a fine-dining setting.

A Sports Snack Center at Café 84 during the month of March will feature snacks that are appropriate to eat before or after working out, along with complete nutritional information.

For more information, call 213-821-1707.

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