By: Chelsi Byrnes, Staff Writer
During the past two decades on campuses across America, millions of college students have developed weight problems due to a lack of healthy eating choices.These students are diagnosed with health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Many students who commute find it difficult to eat healthier and keep up with healthy habits on a daily basis.
At LSC, the Resident Assistants came up with a potential solution to the problem by making healthy smoothies that people could enjoy drinking. The occasion: Smooth Move, an event that taught students how to be healthy through trying a variety of different smoothies. The event was hosted by RA Anna Bovat on Wednesday night in the Crevecoeur/Whitelaw lounge.
“It was invented to try to be a little bit healthier,’’ Bovat said. “Smoothies have a bunch of nutrients in them at once.They taste good.”
Bovat says about thirty students in total attended the event.
Bovat made four different types of smoothies for the students including peanut butter chocolate, classic green smoothie, strawberry banana and a plain chocolate.
“I could have had made more strawberry banana smoothies, Bovat said, but I ran out of bananas and made plain strawberry smoothies instead.”
This event didn’t only help the students who participated in it, it helped Bovat be able to have experience with making smoothies.
“CAB has an event coming up we are doing a smoothie program so now I have experience under my belt and to be able to make them.” Bovat said.
“People definitely love smoothies.” Bovat said.
According to Preventing Chronic Disease, 9 out of 10 students eat fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.Bovat had created the event to help LSC become a healthier place to be at. She had a list of ways on how to stay healthy so that you can live a better lifestyle while on campus.
Bovat’s tips included:
- Eat a good breakfast
- If you must eat fast foods, choose wisely
- Keep healthy snacks on hand
- Eat plenty of foods rich in calcium
- If you need to lose weight, do it sensibly
- Limit your sugar intake
- Visit the dining hall salad bar
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Drink lots of water
- Enjoy your food- Food is a lot more than nourishment for our bodies, so take the time to enjoy and savor it!
Obesity is a huge issue amongst college campuses and according to statistics not enough campuses emphasis on being healthy. The suggested time for exercise is 30-60 minutes each day for college students. Make healthy choices and stay healthy!