Bust the Freshman 15 Myth: 8 Tips for Healthy Eating Habits

Did you know that no studies have found the average freshman year weight gain to be 15+ pounds? Maintain your wellness and practice healthy eating habits with these tips!

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 Tip #1: Utilize USF Campus Recreation resources! Work toward at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise per week, and train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.

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Tip #2: Get by with a little help from your friends! Communicate with others who make good choices and can provide you support. Friends can make great exercise buddies and motivators. WELL_MythFreshman15_WellTV-3Tip #3: Check out when our registered dietitians are in the Wellness Center. Ask questions and get information on how to make healthy food choices on campus. WELL_MythFreshman15_WellTV-4Tip #4: There are healthy options in the dining halls! Take one plate at a time and look around the whole dining hall before grabbing food. A healthy diet can give you necessary nutrition and energy.

WELL_MythFreshman15_WellTV-5Tip #5: Check out one of the Counseling Center’s Drop-In workshops. Learn basic time management skills, practice relaxation techniques, and more!  

WELL_MythFreshman15_WellTV-6Tip #6: Relax and reduce stress by taking time to treat yourself. Stress can lead to unhealthy eating habits. 

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Tip #7: Stay hydrated! Proper hydration is essential for the body to function properly. Dehydration can cause fatigue and problems with your digestive health.WELL_MythFreshman15_WellTV-8

Tip #8: Strive for at least seven hours of sleep. It is essential to health, well-being and effectiveness.

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