Must-haves on a healthy campus

Jun 21 2014, 12:21 IST
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For most college students, eating problems stem from having access to too much food. For most college students, eating problems stem from having access to too much food.
SummaryCollege offers many temptations. Students are usually on their own, free to eat what they want, when they want.

For most college students, eating problems stem from having access to too much food (however unhealthy it may be). This situation — of starvation among plenty — is the opposite of a common phenomenon called ‘freshman 15’, used to describe how college students are more likely to gain weight, averaging about 15 pounds, in their freshman year.

College offers many temptations. Students are usually on their own, free to eat what they want, when they want. Here's the must haves for a 'healthy' campus:

* Access to hygienic food & safe drinking water

*A way to monitor food sold on campus

* Increased availability of allergen-free food

* Alternatives to food from vendors

* A qualified nutritionist on board

* Mandatory nutrition education for staff and students

* Increased availability of healthier snacks at an economical price

These snacks include:

* Low fat dairy

* Nuts and seeds

* Trail mixes (mixture of dried fruits, peanuts, seeds, roasted gram, crunchy low sugar cereal)

* Roasted whole grain namkeen (grains, seeds, grams & pulse based combinations)

* Fresh fruits & salads

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