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5 Reasons Not to Binge Drink

barMost students think that college is the time to party. You may have fewer commitments, more leisure time and no parental guidance; that sounds like an awesome time, right? Well living it up in college doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend it binge drinking. Sure, that peer pressure mom warned you about is tough to ignore in college. Plus, some parties can be socially awkward, and you may cling to the beer can to become more outgoing. While heavy drinking may seem like a necessary college pastime, it comes with several risks:

Your wallet: you probably thought it was just the books and tuition that broke your bank, but you can plan on spending $25 to $50 a night boozing it up at a club.

Weight gain: If you’re trying to lose the “freshman 15”, binge drinking isn’t going to help. There’s roughly 750 calories in 5 cans of beer and 2500 in 5 margaritas. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Exercises You Can Do in the Dorm

dorm-roomTrying to avoid the Freshman 15?

With those buffet-style cafeterias and late night study-snack breaks, it’s no wonder why we pack on the pounds in college. But eating right is only half the battle to avoiding weight gain. Exercise is also key to staying healthy. But you don’t need a gym pass to stay fit.

 Here are five exercises you can do in the privacy of your dorm.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer

Girl Reading In ParkIf you’re sleeping in until 1 p.m. or spending your evenings watching the television, you’re probably wasting away summer break. The first day of school will be here before you know it. So instead of staying home to watch your favorite daytime talk show, try to be productive, and do the things you didn’t have time to do during the school year.

Here’s a list of activities that will help you make the most out of your summer:

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The Ultimate Dorm Room Diet Guide

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Check-out the Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz, daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Our friends over at Online University Review have compiled “The Ultimate Dorm Room Dieting Guide: 100 Tips, Tools & Tricks” to help you avoid college weight gain, including the avoiding the Freshman 15.

Since listing the entire guide might overwhelm our blog column, we have selected our favorite ten dorm room diet tips in no special order.

1. Too Much Sugar Makes You Crazy: Can’t eat a grapefruit without a packet of sugar? Try and do it anyway. That little extra flavor gives calories, crashing energy, and even tooth decay. Diet sweeteners aren’t much better either.
2. No Bedtime Snacks: Because your parents didn’t want you bouncing around during bed time, they wouldn’t let you eat two hours before bed. Because bedtime snacks can both add to stored calories and restless sleep, they should be avoided.

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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 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 »

25 Most Healthy and Unhealthy Colleges in the U.S.

Most people associate going to college with gaining weight and getting out of shape: The Dreaded Freshman 15. You stay up all night, eating greasy fast food. You don’t go to the gym because you’re too busy studying. French fries taste better than carrots and nobody tells you to use moderation. The excuses are endless.bite of apple

But, it doesn’t always have to be like that. In fact, some students actually become healthier when they go to college. Better gym facilities and healthier food options are usually available.

According to Men’s Fitness magazine, 25 universities in the U.S. are actually very fit and healthy. The top 10 are:

1. Dickinson College (PA)

2. Colgate University (NY)

3. Boston College (MA) Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stay in Shape in College

coed sportsAs a college freshman, one of the biggest transitions you face in moving from high school to college is your health and physical shape. Too many students give in to the constant buffet of pizza, soda, poor sleeping habits and fairly inactive lifestyle (save for trekking from the financial aid office to the bookstore). Thus, they become victim to the freshman 15. It’s completely avoidable though, you just have to make it a priority to include activity into your daily schedule.

Some of the many ways to can incorporate more activity in your day on campus include: Read the rest of this entry »

Make Back to School Healthier for the Kids

children jumpingSchool supply lists are full of reminders to buy sharpened pencils, a particular ruled paper, an exact number of binders, and even how long a pair of shorts has to be. Where on those lists do they encourage parents to send their kids to school with apples instead of fruit snacks, or to play outside instead of in front of video games? Those tips aren’t on those lists, so we had to make our own list.

Keeping school children fueled with healthy food, keeping them active and getting enough sleep are just some of the ways to ensure your children’s health and how well they perform in school.

Here are some articles offering tips, guidance and insight to parents, teachers and other care providers to make this the healthiest back to school yet!

How to Make School Lunch Healthy and Affordable 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 »

Keeping Healthy Habits

Student Exercise
Watching the Biggest Loser Finale, it makes me think about the “freshman 15” and the idea that many students go away to college and begin to make a number of unhealthy decisions. Of course, there are a number of easy and simple ways to avoid the freshman 15.

1. Walk or bike instead of driving- if you are going to class and have the option of either driving or walking, chose to walk. This is a no brainier and you may be surprised how walking cannot only be a healthier choice but a much more enjoyable choice.

2. Make healthy decisions – if you have the choice between a burger and fries or a salad, go with the salad. If you don’t like salad, get a sandwich with Turkey provolone and vegetables. Making good decisions with food can make a big difference in weight. Starting with healthy recipes goes a long way!

3. Visit the gym – most schools have a fitness center, take advantage of it! If your school does not have a fitness center, either see if there is a gym in town or bike or run at least three or four times a week. A short walk around campus or a bike trip around a neighborhood can not only help your weight but also a variety of other things.

While these are only a few suggestions to a healthier life, there a number of other ways that will help keep you healthy. If you are healthier, you will be happier, have more energy, and be able to do so much more. And by being active, you will easily keep the freshman 15 off.


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