During these past couple of months, campus has been full of prospective freshman touring the campus and attending orientation. Last weekend I was able to take part in an orientation for incoming freshman where myself and Jenna Channel, another Healthy UNH intern, talked to new students about what Healthy UNH is and what we do on campus. While talking to a lot of these new students, a HUGE concern was gaining the “freshman fifteen” and how to be healthy once they were on campus. I know when I first came to campus I was overwhelmed with all of the delicious things that were offered in the dining hall and didn't care about how much I ate, which I soon grew to regret when I gained the freshman 20.
The great thing about UNH is how active you can be. You cannot walk around campus without seeing at least ten people running outside. Another benefit students have is the dining hall. I dare you to visit surrounding schools and find better dining facilities, YOU CAN'T. Other than the amazing food and variety in choices, the best part is that its very easy to make healthy choices. There is a great salad bar, sandwich bar, stir fry, vegan options and the list goes on and on. This past year, Healthy UNH and Dining teamed up to create the Wildcat Plate. This is a great tool you can use to make sure you’re eating healthy. The plate is divided up into the correct portion sizes of each food group (protein, fruits, veggies, dairy and complex carbs) you should be eating, so you don't even have to worry about knowing how to eyeball what one cup is. In addition to that, the plate also tells you what different foods qualify for each food group. These are great because it takes the uncertainty out of eating healthy and I can't tell you how much I wish they had these when I was a freshman.
Overall eating and being healthy at UNH is very easy to do and if you are worried or stressed about it, RELAX. Making healthy choices can be easy and for all of those incoming freshman, and remember, the “freshman 15” is not mandatory!
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