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Teen Views: College " Avoiding the Freshman 15

Brittany Gardner
MPHS Senior
Grand County, Colorado

Freshman 15. That’s right, I said it. You are all thinking it; the thought is there in the back of your eager to be college student’s minds. When college is only six months away, it cannot help but hang around your thoughts ” all the things to look forward to, no parents, new people, towns and parties.

It is a fresh beginning full of choices and chances. It is imperative that you choose healthy foods to eat and exercise often so that the 15 don’t sneak up on you. Eat often because that is the source of your energy, but do not eat just because it is something to do. Keep granola bars, popcorn, soup, crackers and fruits handy in your dorm for when you need a quick snack. Stick to whole grains instead of white starches, and give your body fruits and veggies at most if not all meals throughout the day. Cut back on the whole milk and give the low fat stuff a try. Although you may have a sweet tooth and you like the bubbly sensation on your tongue each time you sip a soda, it is best if you cut that out of your diet and focus on the natural drink, water. As far as the fitness area of your campus life should go, three times a week you should be hitting the gym, lifting weights, playing a game of ultimate Frisbee, or walking a dog. If you do not have a dog, jog around the city and find a friendly person who has a dog and offer to walk their dog or take it for a run. This way you will be fulfilling your fitness goals for keeping off those unwanted extra pounds, you just made some new friends, and did a good deed for the day. Feel great, look great, and reap the benefits of eating healthy and moving healthy, too. Strong muscles and bones, beautiful and shiny hair, and a boosted immunity will replace the freshman 15. Take control, wear sunscreen, walk a dog, and eat healthy in college.

Source: http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/college101.html

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