Exercise Science and Nutrition Club teaches healthy habits

By Amanda Jefferys

For college students, eating healthy and fitting in time for a good workout is a known struggle. With the new school year in full swing, joining a club on campus is even more to juggle.

However, the Exercise Science and Nutrition Club will provide exercise and information on nutrition-based topics, both discussions and interactive types of events. That will be beneficial now and in the long-term for anyone.

The first meeting that covered this was Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Glendale Community College Main campus.

It is an all-major-welcome club for students who attend both Glendale Community College Main or North campus and Fitness Center participants.

According to an article published on OregonState.edu, Sept. 17, 2011, “College Students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables—in fact, a new study shows students aren’t even eating one serving per day, far from the recommended five daily servings.”

Most college students already have full plates from homework, study sessions and jobs. Thinking about how they are lacking vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is the last thing on their minds.

The quick two-minute microwavable hot pocket is a meal that fits the busy lifestyle. Grocery shopping is not always a student’s priority; so most are guilty of grabbing quick and easy-to-make meals.

The diet of Little Caesars $5 pizzas, Filiberto’s burritos, and Dutch Bros coffee is an easy diet to follow when always on the go. What many students don’t consider is the serious effects eating unhealthy can have.

According to a Daily Titan article published Feb. 28, 2012, A lack of focus, loss of energy and overall poor quality of living are just a few of the negative effects that take place when the body is not receiving the proper nutrients it needs.

The solution lies in the food you eat. The capability of the brain is capped when the body is not receiving the proper nutrients that are in fresh food.

For college students the brain is an essential part of the body that is used every day, (sometimes too much.) To have it not working to its full potential, could be evident in schoolwork and how a person feels.

“Healthy habits start young. Eating healthy now can help one feel better, prevent chronic disease, do better in school, and establish healthy habits that can continue into the future. Past behaviors predict future behaviors. If students can make small changes now to eat a healthy diet, it becomes part of one’s lifestyle,” explained Dr. Shannon Smith, the co-adviser for the Exercise Science and Nutrition Club.

The Exercise Science and Nutrition Club on campus is a good club for anyone struggling with eating healthy and getting exercise. The discussions and activities will give students good tips for being healthier.

The club will also have a scavenger hunt event that provides physical activity and gives students a chance to familiarize themselves with the entire campus, if they are still unfamiliar with it.

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