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Beware of the ‘freshman 15’ at any year of college

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Gaining weight in college is extremely unforunate. There are many ways students can avoid weight gain and stay healthy. Adding on those extra pounds is an easy thing to do when greasy foods always look better than healthy ones.

“Not all students gain weight in their first semester at college,” Susan Fitzgerald, Cabrini college nurse,  said. When asked what the main causes of weight gain were Fitzgerald said, “Increase in calorie intake, eating more food continuously throughout the day, exercising less, and not having the supervision of someone watching your nutrition.” Fitzgerald said.

To prevent students from gaining weight in college, students should exercise daily, have good portion control, avoid late night eating, watch out for empty calories and follow the new nutrition guideline.

Eating healthy here isn’t as difficult as it may seem to first-year students. “Each station offers something healthy for every student to enjoy,”Laurel Loss, supervisor of the dining hall, said.

The Marketplace offers meatless Mondays, vegan food choices, gluten-free cereal, endless amounts of salad at the salad bar, a yogurt bar and a sandwich deli bar, which, offers whole grain bread and vegetable wraps that are already pre-made.

“If a student has a special preference of a food item they would like to see on the menu for the chef to make, the cafeteria offers a suggestion board for students to write down for the chef to look at,” Loss said.

This allows students to be more involved in their choices that they would like to see in the cafeteria for them to enjoy.

Healthy Mondays allow students to stay i formed about how to not gain weight during college. “Come stop by right in front of the cafeteria for information on how to stay healthy by taking surveys, reading brochures, watching chefs cook healthy meals, and join our mile walk Monday,”Jennaellee Salazar, freshman education major, said.

“The green booth encourages students to be more educated about keeping their bodies healthy,” Kiera Williams, freshman undecided major said,

The Dixon Center is a great place for students to burn calories from fatty foods. Many fitness classes are offered in the Dixon Center. Students enjoy zumba, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp to help them stay in shape.

The Dixon Center has a fitness center and strength-training area, swimming pool, squash courts, an indoor track and a gym for basketball.

“There is really no need for people to gain weight in college,” Christina Spadavecchia, junior communciation major, said.

The Dixon Center is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends to accomdate students with busy schedules.

“I make it a part of my daily routine to go to the gym,” Michelle Attansio junior business major said.

Intramural sports are also popular among students to stay active. Volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, soccer, kickball and intertube water polo are all offered.

The main thing for all students to keep in mind when they are in the cafeteria is to make healthy choices. “Don’t gain weight and stay active,” Salazar said. ”Everyone here at Cabrini supports each other to stay healthy all year long.”


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