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OSU dining outlets earn special health certifications in consecutive years

Thu, January 21, 2016
OSU dining outlets earn special health certifications in consecutive years

Another dining outlet at Oklahoma State University has now earned the “Certified Healthy Restaurant” distinction from the Oklahoma State Department of Health for providing healthy options and tobacco free environments for customers and employees. The newly certified dining concept Country Barbeque, Co. joins the re-certified Hard Wok Grill and national gourmet sandwich franchise Which Wich as the campuses officially “Certified Healthy” restaurants. 

“Healthy dining and overall wellness is not only important to the Dining Services department, but to the university as a whole.” said Terry Baker, director of University Dining Services at OSU. “This recognition is just one step closer in our continued efforts to be ‘America’s Healthiest Campus!’”

Country Barbeque, Co. is a self-branded dining concept on the OSU campus, specializing in fresh smoked cuts of meat and delicious homemade sides. Customers can choose their meat (smoked brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, sausage or turkey) and have it made into a sandwich, salad, wrap or on a fresh baked potato all topped with fresh veggies and accompaniments. All of the meats are smoked and prepared in house then sliced up to order right in front of the customer.

Which Wich is an international franchise with roots in Dallas that takes gourmet sandwich making to the next level by allowing guests to fully customize their “wich” any way they like it. Orders are taken on numbered paper bags, guests check off their specific selections, hand the bag to the cashier and retrieve their custom sandwich when it’s ready. The chain also offers healthy, bread-less options such as the Bowl Wich and the Lettuce Wich in addition to its Skinny, vegan, and vegetarian options.

The Hard Wok Grill is an OSU original dining concept serving up made-to-order stir-fry meals for students on the Stillwater campus. With more than 20 fresh vegetable options, four protein choices including tofu and shrimp, and four house-made sauces to tie it all together – the healthy combinations are many. Students get their choice of brown or steamed rice, protein, spice level, and sauce in addition to as many fresh veggies as they can fit in their bowl before handing it over to the cooks to be prepared on a round Mongolian barbecue grill.

An awards ceremony will be held to recognize all Certified Healthy Restaurants at the Certified Healthy Oklahoma event on Wednesday, March 2, at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and online registration is open until Feb. 23.