For freshman college students, the combination of being away from home for the first time and newfound freedoms can prompt the piling on of extra weight.
Forget about the “Freshman 15,” those pounds that students typically gain the first year of college. Now, it’s the “Freshman 50” that UND health and fitness professionals want to prevent through a variety of initiatives aimed at raising awareness and promoting physical activity.
“I hate to say it, but almost every freshman goes through this,” said Steph Hoffman, coordinator of fitness at the UND Wellness Center. “We want to stop that sort of thing from happening.”
The array of food choices can be overwhelming and all-too-tempting.