Healthy & Happy Body

Healthy and happy bodies are essential for academic success. College life can present students with unique challenges when it comes to taking care of their health and staying active. Balancing coursework, family, employment and maintaining a social life creates quite a juggling act. It can be challenging to take care of so many responsibilities and stay healthy. Fortunately, Student Health Promotion provides students with resources for staying healthy.

ChooseMyPlate provides basic guidelines for healthy nutrition and healthy eating tips for students who are on the go. In addition, Student Health Promotion provides tips to fill your plate.

Fill a Plate with Colorful Fruits and Veggies

  • Red: red apples, strawberries, watermelon, tomato, red bell pepper
  • Orange and Yellow: peach, orange, banana, cantaloupe, carrot, sweet potato, corn
  • Green: green grapes, honeydew, broccoli, spinach, celery, green bell pepper
  • Blue and Purple: blueberry, blackberry, plum, eggplant, purple cabbage

Healthy Nutrition Assessment Tools
Students can use the links below to assess their eating and nutritional habits. Based on their assessment, they can then make individualized changes toward having a healthy and happy body.

Healthy Eating Basics

  • Eat regular, small meals to keep the metabolism active and the mind focused
  • Keep hydrated with water
  • Avoid caffeine, soda and energy drinks
  • Avoid adding additional sugar and salt to food
  • Minimize adding condiments on sandwiches and replace with humus or avocado spread
  • Eat fish twice a week. Herring, salmon and tuna are best for concentration

Healthy Alternatives
Replace unhealthy food choices with these healthy alternatives:

  • Carbohydrate: whole grain breads, brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain crackers, granola bars
  • Protein: lean meat (fish or chicken), a palm full of nuts or seeds
  • Dairy: low fat milk, fruit at the bottom yogurt, fat free cheese sticks
  • Juice: fruit juices with veggie servings or smoothies
    Fruit Smoothie Recipe: Blend two or three of your favorite fruits (banana, strawberry, watermelon, mango, apricot) and add two tablespoons of plain, low-fat yogurt.
  • Dip: hummus, guacamole, or salsa
    Salsa Recipe: In a chopper or blender, add cut tomatoes, onion, cilantro, salt, lemon juice, and vinegar.

Individual Nutrition Counseling
Students can contact the Counseling and Testing Center to schedule individual nutrition counseling and learn about other nutrition services on campus.