Mini fridges helping college students shed the dreaded freshman 15

Kailee Foyle, Freshman at SFA
Kailee Foyle, Freshman at SFA

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A new year equals a new group of college freshman, but one thing that is the same this year is the dreaded nightmare that is the freshman 15.

But many East Texas students at Stephen F. Austin University say it's really not a problem anymore.

"It was one of the reasons why I decided to come here because they try to eat healthy—they try to supply healthy lifestyles for their students," Kailee Foyle, a freshman, said.

Now a days, it's easy for students to maintain healthy goals and one reason is the mini-fridge.

"That's a good place to put your yogurt, some fruits don't need refrigeration, nuts will hold well, so in limited spaces you can still make good, healthy choices," Tim Scallon, a registered dietitian and director of the H.C. Polk Education Center at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, said.

Foyle, who is allergic to wheat and dairy products, says a mini fridge is a luxury.

"A lot of the things that I eat that are gluten free are just fruits and vegetables, but it is tempting to go to Walmart and get all the cheap stuff. But having a mini-fridge in my dorm is really nice because I can eat fruits and just eat it on the go," Foyle said.

Katharine Bridges, the fitness and wellness coordinator at SFA, says most students today already have healthy lifestyles and the recreational center is just an added tool.

"We really care about the students and their health and wellness and we have such a focus on that across the campus. We really work with partners across campus to see how we can really approach, how we can better the students and how we can meet those needs," Bridges said.

Scallon says while some students may still pack on the 15 pounds their first year of college, staying fit is a bigger goal today than yesterday.

"The key is planning and making those choices and thinking about the choices, not just choosing out of habit. The best time to lose it is right now. Right now you're busy, you're active, you have a lot going on and believe it or not that's not going to get less when you get out of college. If anything it may get more and sometimes the stress of that makes it difficult to lose weight," Scallon said.

But the upside is most students are already paving the road for a healthy future.

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