Holiday Foods Raise Health Awareness

By Taylor Hall and Curtis Colbert
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.– As everyone prepares for the holiday season, they also start to decide how to become more health conscious around the holidays–one of the hardest times of the year.

Some students like VCU freshman Rebecca Morrison have found a way to eat healthier all around.

“I’m actually a vegetarian and my parents aren’t so I always cook for myself for Thanksgiving.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one-third of the U.S. is obese or overweight.

Others like VCU senior Don Jonathan Webb, and VCU sophmore Shara Patterson say they are just going to enjoy themselves, despite the potential health risks.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 95% of the US population will spend between one and half to two hours eating food on Thanksgiving day. Dr. Robert Franco, a VCU Health Sciences professor, suggests some healthy eating tips for the holidays.

“Enjoy the conversation, enjoy the company. Wait about 20 minutes before you feel like you may need to go get your second portion.”

Dr. Franco also strongly suggests that if you know you are going to indulge and eat a lot of food make sure you get out the very next day to go run or play a game of pick-up basketball or some sort of activity.

“Just make sure you’re not just eating and sitting on the couch since you’re at home.”

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