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A Healthy Lifestyle in College

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Matt DIllon

on 17 April 2014

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A Healthy Lifestyle in College
College students make up the fastest growing obese population
Physical activity benefits include:
Mental Health
Physical Health
Social Factors
School Involvement
Why is Sleep Important?
Mental and Emotional Well Being
Mood enhancement
Safety and Alertness
Hormonal Balance
Boosts the Immune System
Sleep Health
Sleep is obviously important, but how can you improve your sleep "hygiene"?
The Effects Nutrition has on College Students

1. Gaining the freshman 15
- availability of unhealthy foods and the easy access to them.
2. Healthier foods are more expensive and most college students don't have a large amount of money.
Mental Health
what is mental health?
Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a persons thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning
-can affect a person of any age but college students are vulnerable
-depression, anxiety, eating disorders, panic disorders

Sleep Health:
What to Avoid
Stimulants like Caffeine
Watching the clock
Late napping
Heavy evening meals
Sleep Health:
What to do
Make sure you sleep long enough
Create a sleep-inducing environment
Spend time outdoors in the sun
Stay hydrated
Exercise early
Ways to stay out of mental troubles
-be productive
participate in class
read your book

-engage in fullfilling relationships
make us feel happier
support us

-Adapt to change
under stressful transitions
car won't stop
-ride your bike, call a friend, take a cab
So you're there and want help
-Reboot center for stress
-Counseling center is 320 in student union
How much water are you REALLY supposed to drink?
The benefits of water:
- Provides Energy
- Relieves Headaches and cramps
- Keep body and skin looking good
- Helps fight infections
Physical & Mental
56% of college students are not getting the exercise they need
College students make up the fastest growing obese population
60% of college students experience high to very high stress levels
Effects of not enough water:
- Dehydration
- Can cause your body to digest food slower
- Joint trouble
- Our organs may begin to shut down
The 5 Danger Zones of a College Students Nutrition
1. Cramming for tests and rushing to finish papers
2. Tailgating and Sports Events
3. Parties and Other Social Gatherings
4. Watching TV
5. Late Night Socializing
How to have a Healthier Diet
-Learn proper proportion size for meals
-Change up what you eat and keep healthy snacks around
-Don't stress eat
-Limit sugary and caffinated drinks, and limit junk food.
Social & Involvement
Peers and Parents have greatest influence on college physical activity
More active peers = Less reported barriers
Exercise classes and trips provided by a school are proven to boost self-esteem while getting the students involved
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The number of kids affected by obesity has tripled since 1980, and this can be traced in large part to lack of exercise and a healthy diet.

"Sometimes I drink a glass of water just to surprise my liver."
So why specifically in college?
-Habits that carry out through your life
-Learning to deal with stress
-75% of lifetime cases of mental illness start by age 24
-1 in 4 young adults between 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness
-more than 40 percent of college students have felt more than the normal amount of stress in the past year
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