Is it possible to avoid the freshmen 15?
Going away to college is a big transition for many students.
College is an exciting time for young people, but it can also be stressful. The way people handle stress can vastly different from one student to the next, but many turn to food.
The “Freshmen 15” has been a phrase used to describe the 15 lbs. of weight many freshman gain their first year away at college.
College’s today offer an extensive variety of meal choices at all hours of the day and night—not all of which are healthy.
In fact, many colleges now have fast-food chain restaurants right on campuses that are part of meal plan options. Students struggle making healthier choices when burgers, french fries, pizza, and ice cream are available 24-7.
Recent college graduates say it is possible to eat healthy while at college.
Have a plan before you head to the dining hall, recommends recent college grad Christina Delong. Too often college students walk into the dining hall and eat what looks good—not what’s good for them. DeLong had a rule for herself, her first plate of food was always from the salad bar. She would load up her plate with fresh veggies and salad. Many times she was too full to eat a piece of pizza or some other unhealthy choice.
Most campuses offer free workout memberships to the campus gym or workout center. Studies show that not only does working out keep the pounds off by it also improves brain health and those that exercise or play sports regularly do better in school or college.
Play intramural sports. Only a handful of students play college sports compared to the total number of college students on any campus. Just because you didn’t make the team doesn’t mean you can’t play the sport you love. Intramural sports of perfect for college students for more than one reason. There is a lot less pressure and the games are fun and still competitive.