Although ads for products promising rapid weight loss are everywhere, most of these products do not deliver their promises. Any immediate weight loss is often regained in a number of weeks because it was not sustainable weight loss. Good nutrition and regular exercise are proven ways to stay at a healthy weight.
Eating nutritiously is relatively simple given some creativity and some simple lifestyle changes:
Regular exercise has been scientifically proven to lower the risk of many chronic diseases. However, exercise often falls to the bottom of our list of priorities. The Centers for Disease Control recommends spending a minimum of 30 minutes every day doing moderate-intensity physical activity. Here are some easy ways to fit exercise into your day.
Increasing your activity and nutrition levels will help you live a healthier, more well-balanced lifestyle. If you have any questions about what changes to make in your diet or what exercises should be part of your routine, please visit your Hall Health provider.
For more information and resources on nutrition and exercise, check out the following websites.
MyPyramid (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Gateway to Government Food Safety Information: FoodSafety.gov (National Food Safety Information Network)
Eatright.org (American Dietetic Association)
Nutrition.gov: Smart Nutrition Starts Here (National Agricultural Library, USDA)
Eat Well and Good Get Exercise (HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide, Williams College)
Exercise is Medicine™ (American College of Sports Medicine)
HealthierUS.gov (Executive Office of the President and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Ace Fitness (American Council on Fitness)
IMA (University of Washington)
ACSM.org (American College of Sports Medicine)
"Nutrition Tips for College Students." Bucknell University. Available at http://www.bucknell.edu/x7828.xml. Accessed April 1, 2008
Rodriguez, Judith C. "Diets of College Students." Available at http://www.faqs.org/nutrition/Ca-De/College-Students-Diets-of.html. Accessed April 1, 2008
"10 Healthy Eating Tips for the Busy College Student." University of Oregon. Available at http://healthed.uoregon.edu/10tips.htm. Accessed April 1, 2008
"Exercise for College Women." Brandeis University. Available at http://www.4collegewomen.org/fact-sheets/exercise.html. Accessed April 1, 2008
"Exercise Is Medicine: Public." Exercise is Medicine / American College of Sports Medicine. Available at http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/public.htm. Accessed April 1, 2008
"Physical Activity for Everyone." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/everyone/recommendations/index.htm Accessed May 6, 2008