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Kansas State Nutrition Professor Loses 27 Pounds on Twinkie Diet

College campuses can often be a place where new research is conducted on various relevant topics. In some cases, students are researching for an assignment, or in others, professors are researching for a lesson plan.

One research experiment that is getting a considerable amount of buzz was conducted by Professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University. Professor Haub wanted to prove that losing weight is a matter of burning more calories than you consume, so he went on a special diet that included various sweet treats like Twinkies, nutty bars and powdered donuts. He wanted to prove that all you need to be successful at weight loss is to count your calories and the nutritional content of the food you eat is overshadowed when you properly restrict your calories. Read the rest of this entry »



Pennsylvania School District Combats Childhood Obesity

kids exerciseChildhood obesity is on the rise and a new study has even shown that kids whose parents are overweight are more likely to become overweight themselves.

This is becoming a very serious public health issue, since being overweight or obese can cause a whole slew of health complications, such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and many more.

What can we do to help kids stay healthy and avoid all of these problems?

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Biggest Loser Alexandra White’s Healthy College Lifestyle

alexandra whiteLast night, the season premiere of Biggest Loser aired and we were introduced to 16 new contestants ready to hand over their weight, fears, insecurities and desires for a healthier life to the hands of the experts. One of those contestants was Alexandra White.

Alexandra is a 20-year-old attending school in New York. In the first weigh-in the scales tipped to 309 pounds. And while she pushed herself harder than she had before, and lost 13 pounds that first week, her fellow contestants eliminated her.

Don’t feel too sorry for her though, Alexandra took those seven days on the ranch and turned them in to a catalyst for serious change in her life. Since going home she’s lost 70 pounds – and she’s done it by creating a healthy college lifestyle.

Hear our interview with Alexandra and continue reading to learn more about her journey.


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Healthy Fast Food Choices for College Students

The thing is, we can tell you all day long about the dangers and reality of the freshman 15, offer tips and advice for how to avoid it, but at the end of the day you’re still going to cram at 1 a.m. and need something to eat. And odds are you aren’t going to reach for a bag of almonds and a banana.fast food drive thru

So, should you find yourself in this all-too-familiar college student scenario, we implore you to take the healthier route when ordering from the open-past-midnight drive-thru window. While nutritionists and dietitians will tell you there’s no healthy amount of fast food, sometimes it’s a must, and you can make a better choice than a giant-sized double cheeseburger meal with a shake.

First, a few ordering basics to trim fat, calories and salt from your order. Then a few specific menu items that won’t make a cardiologist cringe… too hard.

Fast Food Ordering Tips

1. Skip the mayo. That goes for special sauces, too. These are extra fat and calories that you don’t need. Instead, ask for honey, salsa, mustard, or just go dry. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Prevent the Freshman 15

For a college freshman, the myths that surround their new lifestyles seem to abound. You really do have to go to class, you don’t get to drink beer all day, and your parents will still know what’s going on. college girls pizza party

One thing that is most definitely not a myth and will catch up with you faster than shower fungus is the Freshman 15, or the Freshmen 15. It’s very real, very unhealthy, and totally avoidable.

What is it? It’s this 15 or so pounds that college freshmen pack on. Their lifestyles completely change from their home environments. Their sleep habits are off, they’re probably not taking a gym class, and their diet consists of soda, pizza and whatever they can grab with their meal points while cruising through the student union. Read the rest of this entry »



College Students Go Gourmet in Dorm Rooms and Cafeterias

college girls pizza partyI was lucky enough to always live off-campus, so I never had the true “dorm cafeteria experience,” nor did I have to balance a microwave, laptop, and television on my small desk that barely fit in my room. I had a kitchen, but that didn’t necessarily mean I ate balanced, healthy, home-cooked meals all the time. College budgets are small, so for me, there was a lot of pizza and Kraft Mac and Cheese. For a long time after I graduated, I couldn’t even look at a PB&J, as it had been a staple of my college diet.

For most students living in the dorms, dinner meant soup in a hotpot or getting pizza delivered. The most interesting thing about the campus dining hall was often the salad bar – and how interesting can a salad bar really be? Read the rest of this entry »



Staying Healthy is Important for Students’ Success

girl-sneezingWith the current Swine Flu scare and noticing how many of my fellow students have been sick recently, I realize the importance of keeping myself healthy. Especially considering IB tests begin this coming Monday and softball season is at its peak.

Keeping yourself healthy is very important, especially close to the end of the school year. Whether it’s IB testing or just finals, making sure you are in good health is key. If you are sick, you will be more likely to not be able to concentrate and do worse on your tests and exams than you thought you would. Read the rest of this entry »



Avoid the Freshman 15 with The Healthy College Cookbook

Books, midnight study sessions, beer and a few extra pounds – that is the reality that millions of college students all around the country are faced with, whether they live in the dorms or in an apartment. But gaining that inevitable Freshman 15 does not have to be so, well, inevitable.healthy-college-cookbook

The Healthy College Cookbook is the gold-standard when it comes to helping students keep their weight in check as they pour over books, exams, and the occasional draft pitcher. The cookbook hit the stands about 10 years ago and has become a classic among college-bound students who are eager to eat healthy and stay fit. Its latest edition features more than 300 recipes plus tons of new helpful hints for how to stay slim on campus. Read the rest of this entry »



Barack Obama Burger vs. John McCain Burger Recipes

Does the diet of the future president play any role in who receives your vote? If it does, Obama might stand out as the healthier candidate. His diet is rich in vegetables and nuts, he prefers water over soda, and he avoids mayo and potato chips. McCain likes his food greasy- enchiladas, pizza and BBQ, even suggesting he doesn’t eat too many veggies.

So it’s interesting that two recipes created in each candidate’s name don’t really reflect their dietary habits at all.

Barack Obama’s Pizza Burger is more likely to be eaten by John McCain; and the John McCain Chicken Queso Burger is probably more likely to be enjoyed by Barack.

Which of these sandwiches will get your vote?





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