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Students who have a healthy lifestyle often report more energy, better sleep, less stress and greater self-esteem. Modifying existing patterns can be challenging, but UHS is here to support you.
Nutrition Tips and Healthy Eating
- Monitor your liquid intake. Drinks such as sweetened soda, specialty coffee and tea, drink mixes, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks have large amounts of sugar. Opt for seltzer water, black coffee, unsweetened tea, 1% or skim milk, or water.
- Find healthy options on and off campus. Check out the nutrition information of food in your favorite dining halls. When eating out, try dishes that are grilled, steamed, or roasted, and be conscious that restaurant portion sizes are typically larger than those recommended by health professionals.
- Eat a variety of foods. A balanced diet include whole grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and a small amount of healthy fats and oils. ChooseMyPlate is a good tool to learn more about serving sizes and food groups.
- Cook. Cooking your own food is often less expensive and more nutritious than eating out at a restaurant. Meal planning and food preparation ahead of time can make it easier to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits into a busy college schedule.
- Do what’s best for you. Everyone has different nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle needs, and a healthy choice for one individual may not be healthy for another. Consult a health care provider to help navigate which lifestyle choices are best for you.
- Pick enjoyable activities. There are so many ways to stay active, from going to the gym, doing yoga, or participating in a recreational sports team. It is easier to stick to a fitness plan when it is fun and suits your lifestyle.
- Set Realistic Goals. Goals that are attainable and require a little determination help ensure a balanced approach to fitness.
- Use the Buddy System. Another person can make working out more enjoyable and can hold you accountable for your goals.
- Be Balanced. Changing or modifying active lifestyle habits requires patience. Over exertion and extreme exercise can be potentially harmful to overall well being. Balance is key.
- Do what’s best for you. Everyone has different ways of being active, and there is more than one way to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Health care providers can help determine what options best suit your needs.