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Take back your health

Written by: Jessica Cooke

Students, it’s time to come to your senses and take your health back−while you still can.

After CAB and AKA’s Heart Day forum on Feb. 4, thoughts concerning personal fitness and health reconstruction have certainly been at the forefront of some students’ minds, especially after learning that a poor diet and lack of exercise could contribute to heart disease.

According to recent scientific studies, approximately two-thirds of Americans are overweight, with obesity causing hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the U.S.

The statistics don’t lie, and our campus should embrace this information by reaching out to our fellow students who are in fear of being a part of these negative statistics.

Obesity starts with consistent urges. People typically crave specific foods (usually unhealthy foods). Of course there are other factors that cause obesity, such as too much alcohol, inactivity or the symptoms of specific medications.

However, we must control what’s within our power. Food places on campus contain foods that can be considered a healthy choice, but they’re not highly advertised or suggested like the unhealthier choices are.

Most know Chic-Fil-A for their waffle fries, nuggets, tenders and milkshakes. But how many students know that Chic-Fil-A also serves fruit cups and bottled juices that contain a full serving of vitamin C? 

Moreover, Einstein’s has an entire low-fat menu that is worth looking into.

The campus recreation center is open seven days a week and is packed with all kinds of exercise equipment. However, students don’t necessarily have to use gym equipment to stay active.

Choosing to walk to class or taking the stairs instead of the elevator could also enhance your physical health. Students should encourage each other to make healthier choices and take advantage of the ability to be active.

To start your journey to good health, go to our health center to have a physical done and to get your blood pressure checked!

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