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    What is the Freshman 15?

    The "Freshman 15" is a moniker for the phenomenon of weight gain experienced by college students during their first year away from home. Recent studies have revealed a move in the right direction -- today’s average college or university freshman gains five pounds as opposed to the 15 that was gained by students decades ago.


    The causes of the Freshman 15 include:

    • Eating unhealthy foods, usually fast food
    • Eating late at night
    • Drinking excessive amounts of empty calories, soft drinks, alcohol and sports drinks
    • Limiting exercise

    Ways to prevent the Freshman 15 include:

    • Choose healthy foods, eat the My Plate Way
    • Stock up on healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables and nuts that won't pack on the pounds
    • Avoid stress eating and late-night eating
    • Drink plenty of water and limit sugared beverages and alcohol
    • Watch portion sizes, since even healthy foods have calories
    • Increase exercise by walking to classes, or simply playing sports with friends

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    Resources that will help you avoid the Freshman 15:

    Be choosey in the dining hall

    Do a mini-fridge makeover

    Stay fit on campus

    Make healthy celebrations


    Try these "dormet" recipes:

    Tuna Cucumber Boats

    Mixed Berry Smoothie

    Other Quick and Easy "Dormet" Recipes



    This page was last modified on May 02, 2019


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