College Students Need More Options to Eat Healthy

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The decision to eat healthier foods should be readily available to the student body at Sam Houston State University. We shouldn’t have to settle for fast food just because that is the only option. As a college student, I’ve come to find that we are always in a hurry and on the go. It’s just a part of who we are.

When we want something to eat, we’ll mostly take anything as long as it’s cheap and easy to get. I remember my first year living in Huntsville and I rarely remember ever cooking. It wasn’t that I couldn’t cook, it was just easier to go and pick up fast food after a long day of school and work.

I think that habits like these develop in college and continue in our lives well after we graduate. It doesn’t have to be that way and we should be able to choose healthy eating that is affordable and appealing to all of us.

It’s really not that hard to find something to eat around here if you’re willing to settle for fast food or pizza. If you think about it, it’s like a vicious cycle.

If you want to eat healthier you could potentially go and buy groceries to make your own meals.

But what if you can’t afford groceries or if you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to really cook at all?

Then that’s when we turn to fast food or delivery and fall right back into this harmful cycle of unhealthy eating.

College weight gain is inevitable when you’re surrounded by so many fast food restaurants and pizza chains that offer deals and coupons almost every day.

As college students, we should have the option to be healthy and eat better without having to worry about whether we’ll be able to afford to pay our bills.

I think that eating healthier is so much more than just making plain salads or eating more vegetables. There are so many opportunities to introduce a restaurant on or off campus that offers healthy food at an affordable price. Students not only want these options, they need them.

Something common that I’ve noticed is free food being offered to students on campus. It’s no surprise that one way to get college students to participate in something is to feed them, and the food that is usually given away is either pizza or some type of fast food.

It is imperative that establishments prioritize healthy eating opportunities for students so they remain fit in the future.

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  1. pivotpointhuntsville

    Check out all the healthy items on the menu today at Old Main Market and Generals Market on the SHSU campus. Chicken Gumbo, Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry, Braised Beef Brisket, Beef Teriyaki and for dinnner: Grilled Chicken Fajitas, (and that's just for today!) --- so much more than just salads and not fast food.

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