Your weight doesn’t define you. But we know it’s important to stay healthy throughout a lifetime. College is the first time in many people’s lives when their diet is under their control. That’s why it’s so important to start living a healthy lifestyle now. Here are our tips for staying healthy at OCC.
Walk To and From Campus
You’ve likely got a lot of classes that are spread out across campus. Skip the campus shuttle to that next class if possible and walk there. Walking around campus will go a long way towards staying healthy. For OCC students, if you have enough time, the walk from Shapero Hall to main campus is a great way to stay active.
If you’re a commuter and you’re not walking to campus, then look for a parking space that might not be the closest. Give yourself that extra time so you can make your class and stay active at the same time.
Hit the Gym
Staying active is also necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intense physical activity. Some of our favorites include the elliptical, treadmill and the Jacob’s Ladder.
OCC students are able to utilize the gym during the Fall and Spring semesters for free! All you need to do is sign up for a card at the YMCA desk in the SRC Arena. You can also get access to all area YMCAs by showing a copy of your class schedule and paying $5.
Take advantage of the offer and hit the gym a couple days of the week to stay active. You can check out their hours on the YMCA website.
Eat Unhealthy Food in Moderation
College is the first time that you can eat whatever you want. You will be tempted to eat unhealthy foods a lot now that you’ve got more control over what you’re eating. Instead of every night, keep unhealthy eating habits like burgers, hot dogs, french fries, chicken tenders and other items to one night a week. Don’t give it up entirely. You deserve to have a good burger and fries now and again.
Make Healthy Eating Choices
On the nights you’re eating healthy, make smart and choices in eating. Choose the salads and limit the dressing you put in the salad. Eat a well-proportioned meal with vegetables/fruits, grains and protein.
Our dining commons has the Amerifit app which can help you look at the nutritional content of the food right in front of you. Download it to help you make those healthy eating choices.
Remember, being healthy is about eating right and staying active. Weight isn’t the single measure to determine health.