The level of activity and availability of nutritious foods seem to decline as students arrive on campus each year. With the dining hall closing after dinner is served, many students choose to order out or search through the junk food in their dorms for food that will satisfy their late-night cravings.
“There are not many nutritious food choices here on campus,” Lauren Mattioni, a sophomore social work major, said.
Angela Cardone, a sophomore elementary education major, said, “Students eat a whole bunch of junk, because there isn’t a variety of healthy food to choose from.”
Brittany Such, a senior English and communication major, said, “I think healthy eating should be more of a concern on campus because it will benefit the students overall well being and natural foods help your brain and body work better to your advantage.” Such also said, “I definitely think there should be more natural and wholesome foods, because everything is processed.”
Chef Rodney Stockett, the executive chef at Cabrini, feels that it is up to the students to make a “conscious effort” to eat in a healthy manner. Stockett feels that all of the food is nutritional in relation to the other factors that come into play.
“Exercising is directly related,” Stockett said. “We have athletes here that need the carbs and will burn them quickly.” Stockett continued by saying that there are different types of food available for everyone but that it’s up to the student to choose the food that they want.
“French fries, grilled cheese, hamburgers, mashed potatoes, and pasta are some of the highest consumed foods here,” said Stockett. According to Stockett, the healthier foods are simply not as quick to be eaten by the students.
Francine Clement, a junior exercise science and health promotion major, said, “I think students need to learn how to manage their eating habits better and learn what is good and not good. It can be so easy with classes, studying and friends, to forget about being health conscious.”
The above recipe is a nutritious recipe that students can easily make in the comfort of their own dorm rooms. Low-fat recipes will allow students to have a healthier diet, giving them an option to make something other than what is offered on campus.
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