Are the “freshman 15” weighing you down?

Are the “freshman 15” weighing you down? 

Has the change from eating at home to eating in the cafeteria presented a challenge for you? 

On Monday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. a discussion on the Freshman 15 will be presented in Taylor Little Theater by Dr. Heather Park Hatchett, a counselor in the Mercyhurst College Counseling Center, and Vicki Barko, a nutritionist from St. Vincent’s Health Center.

The two will discuss healthy eating options for students at college and some of the dieting pitfalls to avoid because they can lead to struggles with disordered eating. 

Barko will discuss the elements of a healthy diet and how you can put together a daily food plan that can work even if you eat most of your meals in the cafeteria. 

Hatchett will discuss the potential dangers of unhealthy dieting and how those choices can lead to eating disorders. 

This presentation is the first in a series of discussions planned for this year. 

The second discussion, planned for the gray days of January, will address the topic of “Food and Mood” and a third presentation schedule for the spring term (when thought turn to summer) will focus on “Shedding Winter Clothes, Shedding Winter Weight.” 

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 824-2468 or 824-2561. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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