Hey guys, we are back to the full swing of things!
The “firsts” of the semester (the first test, first project, first assignment, first quiz) have come and gone for me, I am now going full speed ahead! I hope everyone is enjoying their classes as much as I am. One of the fun things about being a nutrition major are the classes that have a food lab portion to them. Who doesn’t love cooking and eating for a class?! We had a sensory lab in my experimental food science class last week that involved sampling food, so fun!
Have you guys given much thought to malnutrition? Well, September is malnutrition month. It is a great time to become educated and get involved in helping those who are malnourished. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a great article posted online called, “What is Malnutrition.” I encourage you all to look it up, it is a short and easy read. The author talks about how people can be malnourished even though they consume plenty, or even too many, calories. This happens when people live off of “junk food” and do not get the vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and protein that are found in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, lean protein, and whole grains. They have enough “energy” from their diet but their body is starving for the nutrients it needs. Brain function is also impaired without the correct nutrients and we need all as much brain power as we can to get through these classes and learn the material that we will need for our future careers. I can see where a lot of college students would fall into this category of malnutrition. Many college students live off of pizza, fast food, and packaged snacks because it is fast, convenient, and cheap. But this does not have to be the case! There are some ways we can get involved on campus to help college students get the nutrients their body needs. We can volunteer at our college food bank, promote healthy options in the cafeteria, and share resources on ways to eat healthy on a budget. The Academy also has great resources on their website for ways to eat right on a budget, just type in “eating right on a budget” in their search bar and some great videos will come up!
I encourage you guys to look around on the eatright.org website in between classes, there are some great reads!