Health in Higher Education

Health in Higher Education

When it comes to higher education, there are a number of obstacles to overcome. College, while not as hard as many of us think prior to going, is definitely more demanding of attention that grades 1 through 12. And, it’s also more demanding of your time. That’s why many students lead unhealthy lives, and this is simply a tragedy. We all deserve a shot at a healthy and happy life, but college, much like amny jobs out in the “real” world, leaves little time and energy for some, let’s face it, necessities, such as your health. Therefore, it can be good to have some extra help fitting a more health conscious life into the tightly packed college schedule. Here are some suggestions.

When it comes to exercise, many colleges actually have your covered. First of all, you’ll spend a lot of time walking from class to class across typically a somewhat large, multi building campus. This is actually a step up from many situations, as most of us, both for work and recreation, spend a lot of time sitting, and that can have some nasty ramifications. However, many colleges also have on site gyms that are usually free for students. Therefore, at the end of your school day and before you go back to your dorm, you can fit in a day’s workout without going out of your way or wasting time on travel. This is a tremendous boon to busy students, as they might otherwise simply abstain due to a lack of time and energy at the end of the day.

When it comes to diet, many college students are, let’s be honest, kind of slumming it. While accommodations are usually pretty nice and taken care of by financial aid, many students have little money to work with when it comes to feeding themselves. While many students work their way through school, the most they can hope for is a part time job, or part time classes. Therefore, their food budget tends to be quite low, and so they tend to sustain themselves with glorified junk food. A popular example of this is packets of ramen. Ramen is notoriously cheap and also easy and quick to make, which is also preferred for students, because their dorm rooms may not have a full kitchen, and, again, they may be at a loss for the time it takes to cook a proper meal. Solutions to this problem can start with a meal plan at your school’s cafeteria. This will provide a bit more nutritional value, and it’s typically pretty affordable. Financial aid should cover it for most students. However, investing some extra money in vitamin and nutrient supplements from Vitacost can help even out your overall nutrition.