Jan 7

Nutrition

January 7, 2022 | By Edwin Burgos Perez

Nutrition is a big part of the health and developmental process. Better nutrition is related to improvements towards a better life and a better experience in college.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “a healthy diet helps children grow and develop properly and reduces their risk of chronic diseases, including obesity. Adults who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Healthy eating can help people with chronic diseases manage these conditions and prevent complications.”

Here are ways in which nutrition can be incorporated into your college life and beyond.

Supplying your body a diet with nutritious foods is a healthy way of making sure you are putting your best efforts towards your wellness.

Now as a college student, you have the responsibility of choosing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This can be stressful, especially if your college budget doesn’t extend to your next meal. Colleges often have basic need centers that have specialized services for students and colleges also work with assistance programs that might be useful when trying to prioritize your nutrition and other necessities.

An example of a program focused on nutrition and food justice is CalFresh, also known as SNAP/EBT, a long-term food assistance program that awards eligible students up to $234 per month for groceries. It can be used to buy nutritious and healthy foods.

Click here to check if you’re eligible for CalFresh!

This is a great resource for college students meeting their basic food needs.

Not exactly sure what kind of support you need?

Check out AssistHub to help you better understand how to utilize CalFresh and other resources like free groceries at your local food bank.

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