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Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle in College

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

Lexie Becker 


When I went through recruitment, I remember hearing girls say, “I can’t wait for the meal plan in my future sorority.” While I was excited as well, I was also a bit worried.


In the years leading up to college, I was constantly warned to beware of the “freshman 15,” but I just brushed it off. I had been a healthy eater my whole life, so mistakenly I decided not to worry about college. Freshman fall came and I was rudely awakened, but thankfully I learned some helpful tips to defy the freshman 15, while still eating at my sorority house.


My house, specifically, serves lunch and dinner five days a week. Dinner is always

accompanied with some sort of amazing, irresistible dessert— a blessing and a curse. We also have a salad bar with an endless amount of ingredients to accompany each meal. While our meals are never short of amazing, they can be a bit unhealthy at times. For this reason, I have had to learn how to find a good balance.


Some days I will take a small portion of the main meal and make a side salad. Other days, I will make a big salad as my meal. Occasionally, I will completely disregard any health concerns and eat whatever the main course is for that day. It is important to treat yourself from time to time because your mental health is just as important as your physical health!

Meals are so much more than the food. They foster conversations, help to develop relationships and give you a time each day to meet more people in your sorority. I love meals because everyone has an opportunity to come together, despite everyone’s chaotic and busy schedules.


Eating habits are important, but they are only half the battle when it comes to staying healthy in college. Working out can be discouraging and dreadful, but making it an activity with friends makes it much more enjoyable.


I want to encourage you to grab a few of your sisters and head to The Swamp! Running

stadiums has become one of my favorite things to do with my friends. It’s a perfect way to escape the stress of school and stay active, while spending time with your people.