Naomi Lenox started college in the fall at 5’5′ and 110 lbs.  In a recent interview with Jaime Brandt, Naomi confided, “By the end of spring semester that had changed.” Naomi had gained what is often referred to as the “freshman 15.” According to a recent study conducted at Ohio University, the “freshman 15” is just a myth. Not all college students gain weight during their first year of school, but according to The Journal of American College of Health, half of college students do. The freshman 15 is just one symptom of how hard it is to keep a healthy lifestyle going.

As part of our research on staying healthy in college, we conducted interviews and focus groups to learn more about how students cope with the everyday struggle of living a healthy lifestyle in college. Our research looked not at just how to keep a healthy body, but also how to keep a healthy mind.

Check out our sites for more information on staying healthy in college:

Healthy College Snacks

Student Health 101

Healthy College Life