History, Mission, Values

What is FRESH?

FRESH, Food Resources and Education for Student Health, is a comprehensive peer nutrition education program created by and for university students. Using multiple strategies designed to increase awareness, improve knowledge, build skills, and influence the campus food environment, FRESH offers experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students to educate their peers about all aspects of food and nutrition.

FRESH began as a class assignment for graduate students in the MScFN program at Brescia University College in 2010. Over the past several years, under the guidance of Dr. Paula Dworatzek and Dr. June Matthews, and in collaboration with personnel from campus food services, each cohort of graduate students has contributed a new component to the program. The culmination of their work was evident during the official program launch, October 29 – November 1, 2012, in displays at eight residences across campus, on several social media platforms, and as part of an extensive re-branding of healthier food items available on campus.

FRESH’s vision is for Western University and its affiliates to be the healthiest campus in Canada.


FRESH exists to engage students and community partners through a variety of strategies that address all aspects of the food system to improve the food and nutrition environment of the university community.

FRESH’s Values:

  • Healthy campus community
  • Student participation
  • Peer food and nutrition education
  • Transparency
  • Evidence-based
  • Feedback and Evaluation
  • Co-operation
  • Individual and collective growth
  • Respect
  • Integrity