Health & Wellness Promotion

Nutrition

The food that you eat directly affects how you feel, your energy level, and how well you concentrate. Good nutrition can provide the building blocks for a successful college career in addition to lowering the risk for diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Good nutrition, or healthy eating, can be confusing or misunderstood due to the abundance of misinformation in the media. It is important to get nutrition information from a reputable source, such as a Registered Dietitian. A Registered Dietitian (RD) can help students with healthy eating, managing body weight, overcoming an eating disorder, or simply eating healthy on campus. At this moment IUPUI does not have a Registered Dietitian on staff but students can submit questions to the Dietitian’s Dish, and get a response from a dietetic student and/or faculty from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences- Dietetics program.

Healthy eating improves academic achievement and leads to students getting better grades and functioning at a higher level both inside and outside of school.  Good nutrition supports alertness, cognition, memory, problem solving, speed and overall achievement.

  1. The transition from high school to college is one that increases the risk of putting on unhealthy weight
  2. Everyone's heard about the "freshman 15.” Now days you can call it the “freshman 40.” Studies show that in the first year of college, students are likely to gain weight. This weight gain is not limited to the first year, but can continue over your entire college experience.
  3. This weight gain has great potential to continue into a student’s sophomore, junior and senior years of college.
  4. College freshman are exposed to a variety of new experiences with the potential to influence unhealthy eating habits changes that may increase the risk of obesity.
  5. College has many temptations such as a new found freedom to eat what you want, when you want it. Nutrition factors such as increased consumption of junk food, recent dieting, increased snacking, and services like dining halls provide an environment to pile on the weight with all you care to eat options.
  6. College is full of changes for students; with the stress of acclimating to the college environment overeating is likely. Some students eat in response to anxiety, homesickness, sadness, or stress, all of which are a common part of adapting to college
  7. Women on average have a higher risk of gaining unhealthy weight than men, an average of 20 lb. per year.
  8. Students that have negative body images are usually more concerned about their weight and are more responsive to external or environmental cues about food, such as the sight or smell of food. They may be more at risk for gaining weight while attending college.
  9. Doctors are concerned that students who gradually put on pounds are establishing unhealthy eating habits during college that may follow them into adulthood.

Health and Wellness Promotion staff believe that health comes in every size. We believe eating a balanced diet and moving your body on a regular basis can make you a successful and healthy student, despite what the scale says. Trust us - there is no one perfect body weight or BMI.