Some might look at the freshman 15 as a right of passage. Students work so hard now to get into their universities, that it is natural for kids to want to seek out rewards and comfort in food and alcohol. The reasons for weight gain are easy to identify, and can be avoided by taking some proactive steps.

Students may have been fortunate to be on a regimented food schedule at home, but they are left to their own ability to cope at university. A student that has experience in the kitchen before coming to college will be better suited to prepare meals and probably be a smarter shopper than their counterparts. A parent might give some budgeting practice to a senior in high school, letting them do their own shopping on a trial basis. Seeing how fast money goes when we choose for ourselves can be an eye opener to a child.

Having a talk about alcohol consumption is important for college going seniors. Binge drinking exists and drinking is encouraged at college parties. Assuming a student will drink at some point, and discussing moderation might be a lifesaver for a college freshman. A student that can regulate their drinking can not only keep their wits, but also keep from ingesting hundreds of extra calories per drink. When we are not hung over, we can make it to the amazing fitness centers most campuses have today. There are classes at most that give us peer pressure and support to do well.

Most campuses have dieticians and exercise science majors that offer free assessments and diet planning as well. There is a lot of free time for college freshman compared to senior year in high school. Managing their downtime when the urge to snack comes can help them stay healthy.

Carrying healthy snacks and grazing throughout the day will make it easier to avoid high calorie food choices.     

This article was written for affordablecollegesonline.org

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