Apr 3, 2007

Eat, Act, Think - Living Healthy

Living Healthy

by Heidi Ferguson It's easier than you think to be a healthy college student!
We've all heard it. College students gain weight. And we've are also aware that we just came back from Christmas break where a large portion of Americans gain up to five pounds from the holiday munchies.
A recent study by Cornell University found that on average, college freshman gain about 0.5 pounds a week. To many students this weight gain comes as a surprise at the end of the semester when they go home to gather their winter clothes or see old pictures. How does this happen? How does the weight creep on week by week?
It's crazy how this happens but simple: College is packed with food, and everywhere. It's an easy social time where food is always there. Most college cafeterias have buffets with unlimited amounts. Whether students live off or on campus they are usually up to a quick fast food run with friends or for late night snacks for studying.
Many students have a hard time to find time to be active in college. They are no longer on their high school sport teams or other organized activities. It's easy to make excuses with a college schedule. Another reason is that the average college student, ages 18-25 is going through normal physiological changes in their body. Metabolisms may slow down and other changes in the body may be occurring.
Here are some tips to get you moving in 2007.
  • Set a Goal
  • Practice Nutritious Eating
  • Join an Exercise Program
  • Walk to school
  • Carry bottled water
  • BYU Vending sells yogurt, granola bars and fresh sandwiches

The EAT Web Site is a service
provided for students

  • Pack a lunch
  • Take advantage of university workout facilities
  • Join intramural teams
  • Buy soups and breads, veggie trays
  • Instead of eating while you study chew gum
  • Carry baby carrots, celery sticks and pretzels instead of buying fried potato chips or candy.
  • Watch your portions in dinning halls and buffet lines
  • Be consistent in your exercising routine
  • Drink less soda, especially cola, it interferes with the absorption of calcium.
  • Get enough sleep, preferably 8 hours
  • Eat slower
  • Don't eat in front of the TV
  • Take 30 minutes each day to moderately exercise
  • Enroll in many of BYU's Exercise Science courses
For more information about the EAT campaign, visit http://dining.byu.edu/minutemaid/. The site includes an activity calendar, health articles, tips and quizzes about nutrition.

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