Today I had the pleasure of attending South Brunswick High School’s College and Career Fair. I was able to talk to students about my career and the path I took to become a Registered Dietitian. I also had the pleasure of talking to upcoming college students about nutrition.
Everyone knows about the infamous Freshman 15. College is often the first time that students are out on their own. Often weight gain is caused by the change in eating habits because of a changed environment along with decrease in exercise.
On average, more than 60% of college students gain at least 7.5 pounds in their first year. Dining halls offer endless options, allowing students to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. This, paired with increased stress and often drinking alcohol, can lead to weight gain.
Nutrition is so important for college freshmen for many reasons. It will help with overall productivity with classwork, help to prevent illness and it can also help build healthy habits for life. It is important that when they are put on their own for the first time that they have the information and knowledge to create healthy choices for themselves.
It was a pleasure to be able to talk to the community to help bust myths found online and give advice to help combat the freshman 15.
Brianna De La Cruz, MA, RDN