Before I went off to college, I had many fears about the next four years of my life. I wondered about the workload, homesickness and making new friends, finding my way around, and the dreaded Freshman 15. I actually thought the Freshman 15 was an inevitable part of college, and that late night pizza deliveries and endless dining hall desserts were just a fact of college, like exams and papers.
If the Freshman 15 is something you find yourself in fear of, you can breathe a sigh of relief because a nationwide study conducted by the Ohio State University found that it is just a myth. The study featured data from 7, 418 people between the ages of 13 and 17 in 1997, and continued to interview them about their weight and college status each year since. What the study found was that only 10% of students actually gained 15 or more pounds during their freshman year! Women, on average, gained 2.4 pounds and men gained an average of 3.4 pounds as freshman. A quarter of the participants were found to actually have lost weight! So where does the small weight change come from? Simply growing up and becoming an adult. (source)
If you are still worried about the Freshman 15, or would simply like to pick up a healthy new lifestyle, college provides a great opportunity to do this.
In the dining hall:
SUNY dining halls are excellent in providing a variety of healthy choices. Use it to your advantage!
Simple tips to sneak in healthy food at the dining hall
Moderation is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle, so don’t feel that you can’t have your favorite treats like French fries or dessert. Limit those items to a few times a week, and really savor the moment when you are eating them!
In your dorm room:
Residence halls are a great part of the SUNY experience. This is probably where you will meet your first friends, do your homework, and relax. Make it a part of your healthy lifestyle by keeping healthy choices there!
Healthy options for your new home
Keeping or adopting a healthier lifestyle in college is something that can be both attainable and enjoyable. Be sure to take advantage of the campus gym and exercise classes to keep your body as healthy as you can!