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Exclusive Interview: Certified Nutritionist Shares Secrets to Staying Healthy in College

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 11.28.46 AM.pngHello all! Freshman No Fifteen has begun the collaborative campaign with three other fantastic health and fitness blogs—RU Fit, Eat Sleep Fitness and My Turn With Curves to generate unique and exciting content for you. For those of you who don’t know, our campaign goal is to create awareness about the importance of health and fitness and offer help to busy college students who want to eat healthy and exercise. In line with our campaign goal, we are promoting  the NCPPA, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, a leading organization empowering Americans to live more active lives.

As part of the campaign, I spoke with certified nutritionist Raphael Hoffman, who answered questions and shared advice about eating healthy in college. The Columbia university graduate revealed tips and advice for students to take on that will improve their diet and overall health. Hoffman works to fit the lifestyle of his clients. He understands students do not have much time, money or accessibility and offers tips that are convenient. The certified nutritionist shares the most important Do’s and Don’ts of healthy eating that will make a difference in all of our lives without impacting our grades, social life, bank account or sleep.

Tune into the podcast below to hear helpful and inspirational tips from an expert that all of us can take on!

That is all for now from certified nutritionist Raphael Hoffman. As always, I hope all of you all find this to be useful in your lives. I personally will try to take on a few of these that I struggle with, specifically drinking water!

Remember to check out the NCPPA website and the blogs of my partners Taylor Hills, author of My Turn With Curves, Austin Leibowitz, author of RU Fit, and Amanda Elkhatib, author of Eat Sleep Fitness, for more information about health and fitness. You can also look for me on RU Fit, where I will be featured as a guest!

Please don’t hesitate to comment or email me with questions or requests and stay tuned for more surprise guests on Freshman No Fifteen! Thank you for tuning in and see you next time.

Featuring SURPRISE guest!

Hello Everyone! I previously announced that I will be featuring a special guest on Freshman No Fifteen as part of a collaborative campaign.

I am so excited to finally share a podcast by my partner and author of the fantastic health blog RU Fit, Austin Leibowitz, who shares the top five “faux pas” to avoid at the gym.

See for your yourself below!

Here are a few words from the author himself:

 “Hey what’s up guys! This is my final project here on RU Fit, and in this podcast, I’m going to discuss my top five biggest things to avoid when you’re going to the gym. Sometimes, hearing what you should avoid doing can be just as helpful as hearing tips about what you should be doing.
While we all make mistakes from time to time, these tips are meant to educate new gymgoers on some of the challenges they may face along the way, and some of the things they should actively work to avoid doing. If you are someone who is thinking about beginning to work on your fitness, these are challenges that you probably will come across at some point. Hopefully the tips discussed in this podcast will help you get over these bumps in the road on your path to fitness.
The “don’ts” listed in this podcast include not getting intimidated your first couple times at the gym, not getting discouraged from a lack of results, not overdoing your workouts, not neglecting your diet, and of course, the old favorite, not skipping leg day.
From my experience going to the gym and from hearing from others who have experience in fitness, these are some of the top things I came up with that can plague your path to fitness. I have had personal experience dealing with all of these challenges, so in this podcast you’ll hear me share my tips for how you can work to avoid each of these potential gain killers.
This podcast is also intended to raise awareness for the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). Although we want everyone to get physically active and work on their fitness, it is also vital that people are made aware of the challenges they may run into along the way, and hear tips about how to face those challenges. Also be sure to check out the other sites I worked with along the way in promoting this organization, My Turns With CurvesFreshman No Fifteen, and Eat Sleep Fitness.”

I hope this post inspires you as just as it inspired me! A special thanks to my partner Austin of RU Fit for this incredibly helpful video. Check out his blog for more like it! Thank you for visiting and stay tuned for more exciting content on the way.

Feel free to comment suggestions of who you would like to be featured next on Freshman No Fifteen! You may just get your wish 😉

MEMES!

I know we can all relate to this.

I’m just here to let you know that it is okay to treat yourself! It is okay to take it easy!

Give yourself a break. You are human. Eat the cupcake.

I love seeing memes I can relate to on social media. They are not only hilarious, they make you feel less alone in the world. It is comforting to know that there are people who share how you are feeling out there. Memes allow us all to laugh about.

I thought you and I both needed these hilarious memes. We take health and fitness very seriously and while that is fantastic, we can sometime become so caught up trying to fit that workout in that we stress ourselves out. We all know how serious I take my blog too, which is why I think we can all use a laugh. We all need to be reminded that we aren’t perfect and we should be proud of the effort we put in to our daily life responsibilities and our health.

After reading “The Language of Memes,” an article by Patrick Davison, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the shared piece of culture. Davidson explains why we love memes so much—they are relatable, shareable and reusable. Believe it or not, Memes have been around for a long time and have been making people laugh before you’ve seen them on Twitter. Memes seem to be simply a photo and caption, but hey are more than that. Davidson explains the three components that make up a meme—manifestation, ideal and behavior.

The manifestation is when the meme comes to life, so in this case it is the photo. The behavior is the action taken by an individual in service of the meme. In this case, it would be creating the meme and posting it online. The ideal dictates the behavior. In the memes I selected, the ideal would be the humor in procrastination and effort invested in health and fitness.

The great thing about memes is that they can be used in all subjects to address certain ideals and convey messages to the public. While some are promotional memes, others are simply there for people to laugh and feel more connected to others in this world—which is what I hope you felt after seeing these memes!

Stay tuned for very exciting new content, including new videos and special guests coming soon!

 

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Surprises for you coming soon!

Hello friends! I’m so thrilled to be back again with a glimpse into what I have been so busy working on. I am thrilled to be able to share it with all of you soon!

For those of you who don’t know, I am collaborating with three other fantastic health and fitness blogs—RU FitEat Sleep Fitness and My Turn With Curves to generate unique and exciting content for you.

I’m so happy to update you all on what we have been working on for our final project. We have many surprises in store for you but today I will only share two of our milestones that we have reached thus far.

First, we have been brainstorming and generating ideas for videos and podcasts we will be creating for you. Each of the members of our team have different areas of interests and expertise within health and fitness. By working together we can produce content that speaks to all of you. Not only does it benefit you, it inspires all of us and we are able to learn from each other.

We have been using and becoming more familiar with digital tools, such as image editing websites, iMovie, and screencasting software—so you can expect our videos to be better than ever!

Sneak Peak: There will be some tutorials on easy and fun steps you can take during your busy lives that will improve you health and make your body look better than ever for the summer!
We have also decided to promote NSPPAA after seeing the incredible work the organization does in our country in regard to health and fitness initiatives. We will soon share with you useful recourses and ways you can become more involved.

Along with this, you should also expect some guest posts in the near future!

Our next goals are to create our videos and publish all of our content for you.

Stay tuned for more!

Campaign to Bring you More Health and Fitness!

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 11.23.49 AM Hello friends! It’s Noa, creator of the blog Freshman No Fifteen. I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaming up with Taylor Hills, author of My Turn With Curves, Austin Leibowitz, author of RU Fit, and Amanda Elkhatib, author of Eat Sleep Fitness, in a collaborative campaign to promote health and fitness.

Our target audience, shared passion for health and our interest in fitness is what linked us together. We will be working to produce health and fitness related content over the next few weeks by producing a series of podcasts and videos featuring recipes, quick workouts and more. In our effort to bring awareness to the importance of health in college—we will be promoting a nonprofit organization called the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPAA). The NCPPAA’s mission is to inspire Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles, a common value of between all of us. You can check their website out for information and recourses,

My partners all have unique experience and insight to offer, whether is plus size dancing, staying fit at Rutgers, or fitness fashion–our different areas of expertise broaden our knowledge and benefit our campaign. While we focus on slightly different topics within health, we share a collective goal—to create awareness of the importance of health, offer realistic and convenient tips to college students, and inspire them to live a healthier lifestyle and enjoy every step of the way. Stay tuned with me and my partners on My Turn With Curves, RU Fit, and Eat Sleep Fitness, for more information and tips on how to look and feel your best.

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Helpful Sources // Related Content

Hey everyone! I wanted to share two helpful videos for those looking to stay healthy and fit in college.

This video discusses how to choose healthy options when eating in a school cafeteria. Health & Wellness coordinator Gwendolyn Francavillo has published a series of informational videos focusing on nutrition, weight, and staying in college. It is published on the website, Monkey See, where experts around the world share their knowledge about specific topics.

The second video is by “Sarah Fit,” a very popular fitness YouTuber & Healthy Living Blogger demonstrating a quick and simple workout for those who want to lose their love handles. Sarah uploads workout videos, healthy recipes and more on a regular basis. She is known to be helpful, accessible, and with over 212,000 subscribers, she is popular among many crowds–from experts to those just becoming interested in staying healthy and fit.  She has appeared in many notable publications for her easy-to-follow recipes and workouts and lifestyle advice.

Sarah successfully targets college students by using a dorm room workout routine. Her videos are created for those who do not have the time or resources to have full fledge gym workout. They can be easily followed in the comfort of your bedroom and do not require any expensive equipment. Her workouts allow all busy people to integrate a good workout into their packed schedule.

The actualizing citizen is one who has a high sense of individual purpose and low sense of government obligation, has mistrust for mass media and politicians, and “favors loose networks of community action” sustained usually through friendship, according to W. Lance Bennett. 

I think actualizing citizens are the intended audience of these videos. Both videos are targeted toward the individual and their person benefit, not on society or unity. It is targeted toward a younger audience, who are busy and focused on only their own obligations. These videos address personal values and use digital and social media to communicate and help the public form their own identity.

 

These are Non-Profit Organizations I would be interested in collaborating with or promoting:

  1. http://www.ncppa.org/- “The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is the leading coalition in the country for promoting physical activity and fitness initiatives through national policy.”
  1. https://cspinet.org/national-alliance-nutrition-and-activity- “The Center for Science in the Public Interest has been providing advice and advocacy toward a healthier food system since its founding in 1971.”

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Get fit TODAY! Achievable Fitness Tips!

Along with nutrition tips, I wanted to share with you all convenient ways of getting exercise and building a stronger and healthier body.

I know all of you have busy lives and many responsibilities. Finding a time to workout can be a stress in itself. Whether the school gym is packed with frat guys, you have exams from morning to night, you cant afford gym classes or simply the thought of working out irks you–there is hope.

The benefits of working out has been proven. It makes you happier, more productive and more energized. So remember to get up from the library once in a while and refresh your body and mind. It will help you feel better, look better and think better.

These small steps wont effect your busy schedule, tight budget, or stress level. They will however, effect your health in a positive way and you may actually even enjoy it.

I share fitness advice in this video that will motivate you to achieve your goals and get you going!