Most people associate going to college with gaining weight and getting out of shape: The Dreaded Freshman 15. You stay up all night, eating greasy fast food. You don’t go to the gym because you’re too busy studying. French fries taste better than carrots and nobody tells you to use moderation. The excuses are endless.
But, it doesn’t always have to be like that. In fact, some students actually become healthier when they go to college. Better gym facilities and healthier food options are usually available.
According to Men’s Fitness magazine, 25 universities in the U.S. are actually very fit and healthy. The top 10 are:
1. Dickinson College (PA)
2. Colgate University (NY)
3. Boston College (MA)
4. Wheaton College (IL)
5. University of Vermont (VT)
6. Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
7. Grove City College (PA)
8. Texas Christian University (TX)
9. Baylor University (TX)
10. University of Richmond (VA)
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Men’s Fitness also rated the 25 Fattest College in the U.S. The top 10 are:
1. University of Lousiana, Lafayette (LA)
2. University of New Orleans (LA)
3. Mississippi State University (MS)
4. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (IL)
5. Portland State University (OR)
6. University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
7. Eastern Michigan University (MI)
8. University of Kentucky (KY)
9. SUNY College, Brockport (NY)
10. University of South Florida (FL)
The results were based on a survey of almost 10,000 students, who were asked everything from “How much weight have you gained/lost since starting college?” to “How would you rate the fitness facilities on your campus?”.
However, just because you go to a college that made the second list doesn’t mean you are destined to gain weight. Simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or getting a medium soda instead of an extra-super-huge one, or simply switching to water, can go a long way. This semester, make it a goal to start taking those baby steps to move your school onto the fit list.
Via Men’s Health