Healthier habits for college students

A recent study shows college students aren't making the grade when it comes to some basic healthy habits.

Meridan Zerner, a registered dietitian and trainer from the Cooper Clinic, can help.

She says the good news about a common college misconception known as the "Freshman 15" is that it effects less than 5 percent of new college students.

But unhealthy snacking, lack of exercise and lack of sleep are big concerns. A recent study suggests less than 1 percent of college students follow basic healthy guidelines regarding exercise and nutrition.


Snack smarter - Instead of fried ramen, go baked. Instead of midnight pizza, snack on peanut butter on a mini bagel. And, skip the vending machine and grab sugar-free candy, a small smoothie or popcorn.

Exercise - 5 days a week, 20-30 minutes

Sleep - 8.5 to 9 hours a night