MU students can eat well and still enjoy their new experience on campus

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The Freshman 15 is a phenomenon peculiar to Americans.

It refers to the weight, set somewhat arbitrarily, that students will gain during their first year of college.


The Wellness Resource Center in the University is an place to learn about good eating habits. 

It provides nutritional consultations for students within a cost $15 for an initial visit and $10 for each follow-up visit. A registered dietitian can design a personalized plan.

Students can go online to make an appointment. The Wellness Resource Center is located in the lower level of the Student Center.

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At MU, it's known as the "Mizzou 22."

"Part of it is the new environment and responsibilities they have," said nutritionist and MU alumni Megan Kemp, about the tendency to gain weight.

Dining halls have a good variety in terms of fruits and vegetables and try to change the menu, but sometimes students can get bored, she said.

Kemp recommends eating a variety of food at each meal, particularly choosing colorful fruits and vegetables.

She knows how tempting fat food and desserts can be. For this reason, "they can limit it to one or two fried foods per week," she said.

Another problem is the ever-present soda machine. "Focus more on the water," Kemp said.

More tips for healthy eating in college

  • Start your meal with a salad packed with veggies.
  • Ask for salad dressing on the side.
  • Choose whole wheat bread for sandwiches.
  • Select main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fry, kebobs or pasta primavera. 
  • Take small portions.
  • Order streamed, grilled or broiled dishes instead of fried.
  • Avoid cream sauces and gravies.
  • Order an self-contained item instead of heading for the "all-you-can-eat."
  • Prefer water, fat-free drinks, low-fat milk or drinks without added sugar.
  • Opt for fruit as dessert.

Source: Wellness Resource Center and Nutritionist Megan Kemp


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