Avoiding the 'Freshman 15'


Dr. Rodgers notes that students going off to college may find themselves adding unwanted pounds, and gives them tips to stay at a healthy weight.

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Going away to college is an exciting time in any student’s life: The academic challenge, the independence – the weight gain?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

With new sleep schedules and all-you-can-eat meal plans, college students may fall victim to the so-called Freshman 15.

To expand their minds but not their waistlines, students should:

  • Select healthy foods like fruits and vegetables at the dining hall, and avoid the urge to grab high-calorie desserts.
  • Work in 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days.
  • And opt for a cup of low-fat yogurt or a bowl of air-popped popcorn when hunger hits while studying.

For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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