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It is no secret that American college students often live off of restricting budgets and inconsistent schedules, both of which can contribute to poor nutritional habits and food choices. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, “25 percent of college students gained more than 5 pounds over the course of eight weeks while transitioning to a college lifestyle. However, a lack of calories can also lead to fatigue and difficulty concentrating at school.” The Center for Disease Control also emphasizes this correlation between student nutrition and academic achievements. Due to the immense importance of nutrition, we investigated the relevance of this trend at the University of Dayton (UD). Our strategies involved researching the current nutritional resources at UD as well as surveying students and interviewing dietetics faculty. Our main goal was to comprehend the correlations between age, living situations, budget, food consumption and weight fluctuations. Our poster will demonstrate these nutritional trends among students and provide suggestions on how to improve dietary habits for the university as well as the students. In addition, we created a flyer for UD students to help spread awareness of the nutritional resources that are available on campus.

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Presenters: Alicia Marie Abele, Mary Grace Charleton, Serafino Anthony LaGalbo, Nora Catherine Sabo

Nutrition Trends and Resources at the University of Dayton