Avoiding the Freshman 15

Eating healthy in the dorm room and dining hall, smart socializing, and reducing stress will keep those unwanted college pounds at bay. By: Carol Lapin, MS, RD

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Making the move from home to campus life is a major transition for most college freshmen. Students are faced with sudden changes that often result in undesirable eating and fitness practices as well as stress and increased body weight. Studies show that the average freshman gains five pounds rather than the much feared “freshman 15.” However, a small amount of weight gain during each year of school can potentially add up by graduation. Try these tips for better health during college and beyond.

Stocking the Dorm Room

Limited kitchen resources and lack of cooking skills keep students from preparing healthy meals. However, a few small portable cooking appliances and healthy grocery store staples may aid in meeting nutrition goals. A mini fridge, toaster oven, and microwave are all you need to create quick, healthy meals and snacks. Be sure to check the dorm rules for using appliances before moving in.

Download the PDF: Dorm-Friendly Grocery List

Navigating the Dining Hall

College dining halls offer an array of healthier options. Follow these tips when making your selections:

Socializing Smarter

Reducing Stress

Carol Lapin, MS, RD, CSSD is owner of CSL Nutritional Services in Houston, Texas. She is on the executive committee for Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietitians within the American Dietetic Association.

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