The four main aspects that UNH Residential Life wants the RAs to promote to their residents are citizenship, academic identity, social justice, and healthy living. The sixteen Christensen RAs were randomly put into groups of four to represent one of the four aspects of Residential Life in what is commonly called “large-scale programming.” Large-scale programming is open to the entire building and generally requires more planning and possibly more money to cover one of these themes than a typical weekly floor social would… I was placed in the healthy living group, which occurred this past month. The other categories will be represented as the school year progresses.
My group brainstormed all the potential ideas we could do and agreed to serve a food that many people enjoy very much. With sponsoring from Christensen Hall Council, three of my co-RAs and I decided to make various types of bacon for our residents to compare the different qualities of fat within the bacon. We were trying to prove to them that locally produced bacon is healthier than processed bacon (and we served some vegetarian bacon as well, but not for the comparison). We purchased ten pounds worth and did not make all of it, so now we can reward ourselves with a bacon-filled breakfast one day! The residents all seemed to enjoy it because we were offering free food and it made the entire building smell good! The staff came to the consensus that serving different types of bacon was a great and yummy way to promote healthy living to the Christensen residents!