What You Can Learn in College: How to Eat for Cancer Prevention

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Cancer prevention is probably not a student’s highest priority as they move into residence halls, choose classes and establish a new social life.  But it’s actually a great time to develop eating habits that will last a lifetime for lowering risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.

We offer five ways to stay lean in our recent press release about the freshman fifteen.

Here are three more ways to stay on top of college life with healthy eating habits:

1. Be picky. If you find yourself grabbing cookies or dessert at every meal, take a deep breath and consider which are your very favorite 2 or 3 sweets.  Choose the days you actually have time to savor those sweets and enjoy every bite of a small to moderate portion size.

2. Know YourselfAvoid comparisons. Your roommate’s metabolism may be very different from yours.  Just because he or she appears to be able to eat large portions and not gain an ounce, that may not be true for you.  (It may not actually be true for your roommate in the long run either.)

3.Surround yourself with friends who support healthy choices. It’s easier to stay motivated to eat well and stay physically active if you are with others committed to healthy choices.

Fueled with good food and energized with exercise, you’re well on your way to success in college – and beyond.


    Author: Alice RD

    Alice G. Bender, MS, RDN, is the Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. She helps put the science of cancer prevention by providing tips and tools to choose nutritious and delicious foods. Alice has guided thousands of individuals to healthier lives through diet changes and choices.

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