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July 7, 2009 at 12:47 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

5 Steps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Focused in College Part 3: Taking a Daily Multivitamin


It's a Well-Known Fact . . .

College students aren't concerned with taking a daily vitamin. On the surface, this may not sound like a big deal, but it can be. The concern enters when a college student doesn't eat healthy. Keeping your kids healthy and focused in college isn't always an easy feat to accomplish. College students tend to think they are young and invincible. Yet, their health suffers.

Why Eating Healthy is Important

Eating right is important because a healthy diet can prevent weight gain, heart disease, and cancer, and increase overall health and improve vision. A healthy diet can help keep your kid alert and heighten her concentration in college. A healthy diet can help keep your kid healthy and not susceptible to the illnesses that are common to dormitory life. Granted, there are some considerations where fresh fruits and vegetables are concerned. For instance, fresh fruits and vegetables have a fairly small window to be eaten and most fruits and vegetables taste better when they're cold. Perhaps it's the poor selection during the cold months that turn off a college student to eating healthy. Washing fresh fruits or vegetables may take a little time. None of these challenges are too difficult for a college student to figure out.

Some of the Best Choices

Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily is recommended. Your kids may be surprised to see how the cafeteria provides tasty and healthy choices for them. Encourage them to take advantage of this resource. There is a list of the best vegetables to eat because of the phytochemcials they contain. They are broccoli, cabbage, carrots, green peppers, pumpkin, spinach, tomatoes, and winter squash. Other choices of vegetables are good, too. While they may not contain phytochemcials, they do contain antioxidants.

How to Incorporate Fruits and Vegetables in a Busy College Life

1. Don't carry a bag of chips to class. Carry a bag or baby carrots! 2. Don't eat fresh fruits and vegetables alone. Buy a low- or fat-free dressing! 3. Don't limit your choices. There are dozens and dozens of fruits and vegetables to choose from!

There are No Shortcuts

If a college student plans to take a daily vitamin to meet all her health needs, she may be disappointed. The best sources to health come directly from food. However, because college students tend not to eat as healthy as they should, a little help is good.

The Best Plan

The best plan to optimal health for college students is the culmination of healthy eating and taking a daily vitamin. Staying focused in college isn't always easy. Your kids can use all the help they can get. Why not encourage your kids to eat right and take a daily vitamin?

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