The number of calories and grams of fat, protein and
carbohydrates may mean nothing to some college students but they
have the potential to change one’s present and future.
“It’s important to develop good eating habits early on,” said
Marcey Wlodarczak, a registered dietician at Hartshorn Health
Service. “It’s the first time that students are making their own
choices. Eating habits also affect your immunity and stress
With a limited amount of time on their hands though, some
students are challenged with what to eat that is healthy.
“Eating healthy is not important to me because I don’t have
time,” said Tiffany Ban, a junior natural resources management
major. “Plus every time I buy something healthy it goes bad.”
For meals Ban ends up eating food, mostly cookies and similar
items, from Sweet Sinsations, a restaurant in Lory Student Center
where she works.
Wlodarczak defines eating healthfully as “getting all your
vitamins and nutrients in food. It’s a diet high in whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, and low in saturated fats and sugars.”
Sam Larson, a senior history major, tries to eat healthfully by
avoiding fast food altogether and making his own lunch.
“I’m a fairly strict vegetarian so I can’t really eat a lot of
the stuff (sold in the student center),” Larson said. “I usually
just bring a sandwich and some fruit.”
For students who do eat in the student center, it is possible to
still eat healthfully, depending on the choices they make,
“Subway is probably the easiest to eat healthy at,” Wlodarczak
Subway offers a number of 6-inch subs that are less than six
grams of fat. For example, the Veggie Delite has three grams of fat
or the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki has five grams. The fat grams
on these sandwiches do not include cheese or any specialty breads.
Two triangles of cheddar add 5 grams of fat on a sandwich and
six-inch Monterey cheddar bread adds six grams of fat.
Wlodarczak said people should avoid cheese, soda, topping sauces
“This is where you end up with the added fat your don’t need,”
A 21 oz. Dr. Pepper adds 200 calories to a meal and a tablespoon
of mayonnaise on a sandwich adds 12 grams of fat.
While Larson thinks that Subway is pretty much the only healthy
fast food place in the student center, Wlodarczak said that it is
possible to eat healthy at other restaurants.
“It’s hard to find healthy fast food,” Larson said.
To eat healthy at other fast food restaurants students need to
pay attention to what they choose.
At a pizza place, such as Villa Pizza in student center,
Wlodarczak recommends trying to add as many vegetables as possible
to the pizza and avoiding toppings like pepperoni and sausage.
At Carl’s Jr. Wlodarczak recommends getting a side salad,
instead of fries as a side.
A large fry at Carl’s Jr. has 29 grams of fat.
In general, Subway, Chipotle and Qdoba are the healthiest fast
food restaurants, Wlodarczak said. At those restaurants’ fresh
vegetables are easy to include.
“I really do (think it’s possible to eat healthy on the go),”
Wlodarczak said. “When you’re eating you can definitely make