Healthy Eating for the College Student

The latest health article posted on Huff Post College draws information from GatorWell Health Promotion Specialist Shannon Kirkpatrick of the University of Florida.

Kirkpatrick recommends the “plate method” (you can download the pdf here for reference) for college students to maintain healthy eating habits. The Huff Post article states, “The (latest USDA) guidelines emphasize eating less, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, switching to low-fat or fat-free milk, avoiding high-sodium meals and drinking water instead of sugary drinks.”

However, when you’re a college student, meal planning takes second fiddle to studying (or at least every parent would hope…) There is a great little interview piece from freshman Gator, Pam Carey. To read the full article, click here.

College Students Eating Habits

Which food would your college student choose?

A snippet of information I felt keenly drawn to: In the article Kirkpatrick makes this observation,

Healthy habits are cumulative; if you form the habits early on, you are more likely to continue them throughout your life… The younger we are, the easier it is to form and change these habits. It’s a great time to try new things and figure out what works well for you.

Moral of the story, health begins at home and it begins at birth. It is never too late to start teaching fitness and nutrition to our children. Whether you have college students, grade school students, or babies, you can start RIGHT NOW to educate them on what is healthy and good for them.

Please consult your physician before adopting any special diets, but for more information on the “MyPlate” program vs. the Pyramid most of us grew up with, click here.