“Only five percent of Cal State Fullerton students get five or more servings of fruit and veggies a day,” said Darany Hoang, Cal State Fullerton’s Health Educator.
According to the Center for Disease Control, you can still enjoy your favorite high calorie snacks but the key is to only do so once in awhile. It’s important to balance the fatty foods with healthier alternatives. Hoang said that a well balanced meal is the ideal lunch. There are few options that students have that can fulfill that goal. One of which is snacking at one of the eateries on campus.
The healthy lunch options on campus that Hoang suggest are the chicken sandwich from Carl’s Jr. and “Baja Fresh, maybe an a la carte chicken or fish taco is fine with preferably more salsa than cream sauce.”
Hoang also lays out some options for vegetarians.
“Generally, there’s some salads I believe that don’t have meat on it but might have like a bean or hummus for their protein source that is at Baja Fresh or at Fresh Kitchen,” Hoang said.
The alternative to eating on campus is to bring a packed lunch from home.
“An easy, more popular choice that students bring is a sandwich and then hopefully some fruit on the side, fresh preferably,” Hoang said.
Valerie Gettler, 22, a radio- TV-film major, said her personal favorite is a half avocado with lime and salt. Tatiana Coover, 21, a broadcast journalism student, said almonds are a convenient snack to eat in between classes. Eating right isn’t the only goal students should have, they should also be getting the proper amount of rest. Unfortunately this isn’t always a possibility when students schedule their classes back-to-back. When students do this they tend to experience midday exhaustion.
“It is really healthy to take a nap preferably between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. about 20 to 30 minutes is ideal,” Hoang said.
Although that particular time frame happens to be when most students take their classes which makes it difficult for them to take a nap during this time. There are multiple methods to cope with exhaustion brought by a heavy class schedule. Erika Kercheval, 22, a graduate student in education, schedules her classes in the evening so that she can rest during the afternoon if she experiences any midday exhaustion. Other students like Coover resort to the pick-me-up that caffeine provides by drinking coffee. Hoang suggests a better alternative for students looking for a pick-me-up.
“The better option to getting that afternoon pick me up is having like a whole grain meal balanced with some kind of fresh fruit, doing it naturally is the best way,” Hoang said.
Gettler said drinking a lot of water, exercising and eating smaller meals every three to four hours is good to avoid that afternoon lull.
For more information there are Nutrition 101 Workshops that students can attend free at the Student Health and Counseling Center on Wednesdays 1:30-3 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m.