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Why Healthy in College?

Ah, College. The Golden Years. It is four years to escape from the demands of the society, focusing on expanding your knowledge base and cultivating friendships that will last the rest of your life. The experiences, the people I have met, and the endless happiness I have felt away at school is incomparable to anything.

However, the downer of all Debby Downers, Isaac Newton, declared, in more scientific terms than mine, that for every positive reaction there is an equal negative reaction. That negative for the average college student, who is enjoying life to the fullest by spending as much time with their friends, staying up late filling their brains to capacity with knowledge, and for those over 21, partying excessively, is their health.

In my first year of college I experienced this first hand. My body became less of a “temple” and more of a “trash dump” as I devoured any thing placed in front of me, stayed up until all hours of the night and put my exercise on the back burner. Pizza and Five-Hour Energy became my best friends around exam time and the large, cafeteria-style brunch (complete with bacon, biscuits and french toast sticks) was the only thing that got me out of bed on Saturday mornings.  Unfortunately, I am not alone; for generations, students across the nation have descended into this downward spiral of health throughout their college years.

In the summer of 2010, I interned for Healthy in College, and realized the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during these “glory days”. This is way easier said then done, but I will be reporting the everyday struggles of staying “healthy in college”-an oxymoron to some. I am not even close to the picture-perfect healthy college student; like the author of Healthy in Chicago, I have many vices (particularly cheese and chocolate) and I  recognize the importance of enjoying college and focusing on my education rather than spending all my time concentrating on working out and what to eat for lunch that day.

Healthy In College is for prospective college students, current students,master students and alumni alike who are interested in obtaining and maintaining good health throughout their years in school.

All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

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  1. November 1, 2011 12:49 am

    Hi there – I couldn’t find an email address, so I hope it’s okay that I’m contacting you through here!

    I wanted to say a quick hello – my name’s Alicia and I’m part of the team. We love the real world college advice you provide that not only helps students get through school, but also prepares them for post-grad life. We know a thing or two about life after college, and would love to write an interesting guest blog post for your blog on a Greek/college related topic, if you’re open to it, and if you’d like to write one for our blog, we’d love to have you!

    You can get a taste of our writing style on other guest posts we’ve written, including, and, as well as on our blog at We’re always trying to keep our posts interesting for our readers on not only Greek life topics, but the well-rounded college experience.

    We’d love to work with you on this and look forward to hearing from you!



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