With crispy chicken strips and addictive fries at the Pilot House, nine seasons of The Office on Netflix and the newfound freedom of college, staying healthy and active at school can be more difficult than it was back home. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, it’s undeniable that healthy eating and self-care often takes the back burner when you have to juggle school, jobs and a social life.
Some freshmen even might worry about the “freshman 15,” a.k.a. the weight gain that can happen when freshmen come to college. Tanya Bachman, nutrition instructor in the School of Nursing, said weight gain and unhealthy eating habits are common in college.
“I think it’s very common, not every single person is going to experience it but it is common,” Bachman said. “It’s being away from home and learning how to feed yourself, at the same time balancing academic load.”
Whether or not you believe in the freshman 15, everyone can agree that staying healthy in college is hard — both mentally healthy and physically healthy. The Beacon put together a list of 15 ways to stay healthy this semester.
1. Watch what you’re eating
2. Don’t skip meals
3. Avoid unhealthy snacking
4. Avoid sugary coffee drinks
5. Stay hydrated
6. Take vitamins
7. Use the Beauchamp Center
8. Take a fitness class
9. Try yoga and meditation
10. Get active with your friends
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