The Importance of Eating Healthy While Managing School

 

When students start college, they are essentially free to do whatever they want without the guidance from their parents; including making decisions about their eating habits.

According to an article from Health Marketing Quarterly, when students transition to college, their eating habits worsen.

Natalie Baker is a nutritional Consultant for Healthy Meals To Go, a healthy fast food establishment that provides provide individually packaged fresh healthy meals that you microwave. She said it is a good option for busy college students like her.

“It’s really hard to fit all of that into your schedule,” Baker said. “To try and get it done, yeah you can for maybe a week or two but then you fall off the wagon a little bit, but this just makes it so easily accessible.”

She said that in order to get healthy you have to start somewhere.

“It’s like the rule of thumb that if you keep at it for four weeks, you actually form a habit,” Baker said. “So as long as you do it for that long, you’re able to do it, and you’d be surprised at what you’re capable of doing once you set your mind to it.”

Baker added that lack of time contributes to unhealthy eating.

“I think because so many people are so busy nowadays that they don’t have time to go to the grocery store, cook their food, actually meal prep,” Baker said. “I’m like a walking example of that between school and work itself.”

Tayler Parker is a full-time psychology student and premedical student taking 18 hours of classes and working two jobs. Whether it is studying for her senior Spanish class, volunteering at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, being a supplemental instruction leader for an organic chemistry course, or working as a health unit coordinator at UMC, Parker has a full schedule.

“I’m extremely busy; I have two jobs and take 18 hours of classes, but I still find time to cook and eat healthy,” Parker said.

The last thing on most students’ mind is what they are going to be eating. However, Parker manages to find time in her schedule to make sure she is eating health consciously. Parker’s usual meal consists of sautéed chicken, with different sautéed vegetables, and some type of carb to go with it, like rice.

“Sometimes it’s really difficult especially with classes but meals like I prepared tonight, they don’t take very long to make,” Parker said. “As long as you have everything prepared you can have a healthy meal in 10 or 15 minutes.”

Parker said that even if she doesn’t have time to cook something for herself, she would make the healthiest decision she can with the resources she has. For example, if she sees Chick Fil A, she will grab a grilled chicken sandwich rather than a fried sandwich.

“Just be conscious about the food decisions you’re making,” Parker said.

Also, she added that students forget about their health once they get to college.

“So I think it’s important to establish healthy eating habits while were in college,” Parker said, “and to exercise and stay healthy so we can be prepared to do that for the rest of our lives.”

 

On the web: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/07359680802619834

At’l Do Farms offers fall fun

Lubbock’s At’l Do Farms opened in 2001 after husband and wife James and Patti Simpson decided to use their farmland for something different. At the time, they only planned to do it for the one year, but after a successful run, they have kept it running since.

The farm offers fun for everyone with their annual corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, and more. The farm is located right outside of Lubbock, and is a great place to go to during the fall season with friends, family, and loved ones. Go out and get lost in the maze or pick up a few pumpkins to carve. Everyone will be able to find something that they’ll enjoy at At’l Do Farms. Watch the slideshow below to see some of the fun for yourself.

 

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Pokémon GO Creates a Community in Lubbock

Niantic, Inc. launched Pokémon GO on July 6, 2016, and it became the biggest mobile game. Lubbock was along the masses that decided to hop on the Pokémon GO bandwagon. Brandon Moss is an administrator for the Pokémon GO Lubbock Facebook page, and it has 2,026 members.

“We started our club for the Pokémon Go App because it became a big trend so we wanted ours to be something that could bring players all the regular games and the app together, and bring about a bigger and friendlier Pokémon community,” Moss said

Moss added that a lot of people are involved with the game here in Lubbock.

“Families have been playing together and going out on walks for Pokéstops and Pokémon hunting,” Moss said.

Local Brianna Burns was among the ones who is obsessed with the app.

“There are so many different people that I’ve met because of the app, that I would have never spoken to in the first place,” Burns said. “Also, I’ve gotten to see more of Lubbock. I’ve lived here my whole life and the app has made me go out and see more of my city.”

 

The Lubbock community has come together to play Pokemon GO.

The Lubbock community has come together to play Pokemon GO.

 

Cecily Ann, right, dresses up in a Pikachu costume, to play Pokémon GO with others at the Pokéwalk on Broadway event in Lubbock on Friday, September 10, 2016.

Cecily Ann, right, dresses up in a Pikachu costume, to play Pokémon GO with others at the Pokéwalk on Broadway event in Lubbock on Friday, September 10, 2016. “I started playing cause it reminded me of my little brother. He used to watch it. He passed away in 2002,” Ann said.

 

Student Tayler Parker stops at a Pokéstop, interesting local landmarks that are integrated into the app’s map, while at the Pokéwalk on Broadway in Lubbock on Friday, September 10, 2016.

Student Tayler Parker stops at a Pokéstop, interesting local landmarks that are integrated into the app’s map, while at the Pokéwalk on Broadway in Lubbock on Friday, September 10, 2016.

 

Parker has reached level 20 in the game and looks at her Pokédex, a list of all the Pokémon she has caught so far in the game. So far she has caught 91 of the 151 Pokémon available to catch in the game.

Parker looks at her Pokédex, a list of all the Pokémon she has caught so far in the game. She has caught 91 of the 151 Pokémon available to catch in the game.

 

Lubbock citizens who enjoy not only Pokémon GO, but also Pokémon games in general have a Pokémon Club that meets every Monday at 6 P.M.

Lubbock citizens who enjoy not only Pokémon GO, but also Pokémon in general, have a Pokémon Club that meets every Monday at 6 P.M.

 

One of the club’s members, Brandon Moss, left, is an administrator of the Pokémon GO Lubbock Facebook Group.

The club hosts tournaments, play Pokémon on their Nintendo DS devices, and have snacks.

 

Brianna Burns attempts to catch an Arcanine at McKenzie Park, a popular place to catch Pokémon, on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Brianna Burns attempts to catch an Arcanine at McKenzie Park, a popular place to catch Pokémon, on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

 

“I’ve never caught an Arcanine before,” Burns cheered.

“I’ve never caught an Arcanine before,” Burns cheered.

 

Burns goes to the dairy barn on Texas Tech University’s campus. She says this is the best place on campus to go if you want to catch a lot of Pokémon.

Burns goes to the dairy barn on Texas Tech University’s campus when she wants to catch a lot of Pokémon.

 

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The dairy barn area has 4 Pokéstops, which bring Pokémon to the location. When the app was launched, there were lures continuously going. On Sunday, September 18, 2016, there was not a person in sight.

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