College Students At An Unidentified Public University Essay

1223 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In a study involving 907 students at an unidentified public university in the midwest, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it was calculated that on average a freshman student gains 7.8 pounds during their first year at college (Freshman 15 Statistics…). Many have come to know this weight fluctuation as the dreaded, “Freshman 15”. Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States affecting more than one-third of the population. With the increasing rate of obesity and the well known fact that college students undergo a great fluctuation in weight gain, what are universities doing to make sure their students are healthy? Specifically, Penn State does a very nice job providing healthy options for their students in the many dining halls around campus. However, eating healthy is only one step to avoiding the freshman fifteen. In order to remain healthy it is crucial to remain active and physically fit. This is an area where Penn State falls short. While they provide many facilities for students to work out, this facilities are not accessible to everyone because of the membership fee attached. Penn State needs to make their gymnasiums more accessible to the average student by taking away the membership fee, and including the gym in their tuition, thus, providing more students with the opportunity to remain active. To begin, It is important to note where and how the current tuition paid by an undergraduate student at Penn State goes. In the diagram pictured below,…

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