Between packing your bags, picking your classes and getting used to a new environment, starting college can be very stressful, but the American Heart Association wants incoming students to remember some basic healthy living tips that might make the transition a little easier.
Experts say now is the best time for college students to start getting themselves into a healthy routine, especially for those freshman students who are going away on their own for the first time or even those students who are commuting from home. It's a new routine and often the pressures of starting college can set you off track, so that's why getting a routine set now is very important.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, and obesity is plays a big role in heart disease and stroke, which are the nation's No. 1 and No. 4 killers.
Officials have offered up your first "study guide" of the semester, a good tool to help keep you motivated and on the right track.
• There is an app to use that will track your calories, it also offers some other health tools as well.
• Fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal, and stay hydrated with plenty of water -- and stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages.
• Reach for something a little healthier than a bacon cheeseburger, like grilled turkey or lean cuts of meat and poultry.
Officials say with campuses now offering healthy menu options, it's easy for kids to make the right decision and one they should continue to do.
"There's going to be late nights, people are going to be staying up late study and getting people together...so you really want to look at the food as means of being healthy and watching what you eat and making sure it's quality foods," said Francis Battisti, SUNY BCC executive vice president and chief academic officer.
Experts also say it's important for students to remember to not stress over gaining weight, don't go overboard and keep it simple.