It’s 11 p.m. After studying all evening, you’re in desperate need of a snack break. You remember the Markley Residence Hall’s November special, a quarter-pound hamburger, fries and a fountain drink for only $3.99. You consider it, and then you think about the extra inches it will add to your waistline.

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LSA freshman Christina Hong demostrates the vulnerability of her ground floor window in Couzens Residence Hall. Sixteen Couzens rooms were broken into at the Hill-area dorm over Thanksgiving Break (BENJI DELL/Daily)

Maybe you should try something healthier. But is that even a possibility?

It may be soon.

A commission formed by University President Mary Sue Coleman, called the Healthy Community Initiative, is planning to roll out a healthy food blueprint for campus by March. But for some that’s not soon enough.

Another group may beat them to it.

Ruth Blackburn, a nutrition specialist at the University, oversees three graduate students in the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the School of Public Health. They’re working on a project that aims to put healthier options in residential dining facilities by January.

Blackburn said that many of the campus food retailers carry products that were popular with students in the past, but that some universities are looking into healthier food options that are more reflective of current nutritional trends.

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