Take Healthy Habits to College

Help your student take healthy habits to college this fall with advice from Dr. Rodgers.

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Do you have kids getting ready for college? You can help them take healthy habits to school.

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

It's not unusual for students to gain some weight at college-especially during their freshman year. However, this, plus continued weight gain, puts them at risk for health problems such as diabetes. To help your kids keep their weight on track while away at school, here are some tips:

  • Suggest that they limit sodas, sports drinks, and juices that are high in sugar and calories, and quench their thirst with water instead.
  • Encourage them to make time for regular physical activity and to use the college's recreational facilities.
  • And students of drinking age shouldn't overdo it with alcohol, which has a lot of hidden calories.

For more tips, visit our website at NIDDK. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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