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College is already stressful enough, which leads some students to put on around 15 pounds of weight! Although your studies are important, your health is also a priority, so that is why I’ve provided some helpful tips.

Eat Some Veggies

You’re all on your own now so no one has to force you to eat your vegetables, but it’s a good idea to try including them in your meals sometimes. Perhaps on one of your dinners, include a serving of carrots, or broccoli.

Don’t Forget About Fruits!

It’s important to balance out your meals, so for breakfast perhaps grab an apple on the way to class. Easy, “on the run” fruits are bananas, peaches, and pears. 

Portion Control

It’s important to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so do not skip meals, but rather watch how much you eat. For example, instead of eating 2 cheeseburgers for lunch, try eating only one. Or if you’re going to eat a Hershey bar, perhaps only eat half.


It could be beneficial to your mental and physical health to go to the gym a few times a week. It’s not necessary to go to the gym twice a day for an hour each time, but it can be a good idea to go 2-3 times a week for around 45 minutes. Not only can it help your physical health, but it can be a good stress reliever after class as well.

Drink Water

It’s important to drink fluids! An easy rule to remember is that daily you should drink 8 bottles each containing 8 ounces.

It’s important to note that gaining or losing weight is not necessarily a “bad,” thing. What is important is your health! Do not stress too much over avoiding the “Freshman 15,” but keep in mind that a healthy body makes a happy mind.

Best of Luck!


Edona Dauti

Student at Fordham University in NYC!

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