The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

September 11, 2013

Geisinger doc: smaller meals, more activity, key to avoiding "Freshman 15"



Some physical activity, even if its just as simple as a walk, can also be beneficial. Other options can be provided by college courses or activities, such as hiking, zumba, spin classes or kayaking.

Getting a full nighttime regiment of sleep, about eight to nine hours, will also decrease nighttime eating and daytime stress levels, which in turn lowers stress eating.

It is much easier to keep pounds off than it is to lose them later, Franceschelli said. Despite the name “Freshman 15,” students who gain weight usually gain between three and 10 pounds during their first year at college. To lose them, it’s easier to make small changes in what they are eating or drinking and add daily activity to their routine.


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