|Diet right: Centre student health office offers advice
RELEASED: Jan. 29, 2004
DANVILLE, KYMany Centre students are watching what they eat and visiting the gym more regularly in anticipation of spring break.
This year's spring-breakers have their choice of weight-loss programs. Two creating a lot of buzz are the Atkins and South Beach diets. Often referred to as "sugar busters," these diets cut out simple carbohydrates such as white bread, rice and pasta.
Dr. David Overstreet, attending physician at Centre's Parsons Student Heath Center, and Allis McLaughlin, director of health services at Centre, remind students that even though these diets are all the rage, the best way to better health is a sensible diet and exercise.
Overstreet says the Atkins and South Beach diets do help people to shed the pounds quickly, but the healthiest way to lose weight remains the low-fat diet.
"Cut back on fat intake, especially saturated fats, and exercise," he says.
McLaughlin reminds students that the key to weight loss and healthy living is a "lifestyle change."
"There are many healthy and effective diets but the fact of the matter is the best way to be physically fit is to diet and exercise for the long term," she says.
Weight loss can be achieved through sugar-busting diets, but the weight can also be quickly regained if the person goes back to their original routine, McLaughlin says.
Overstreet and McLaughlin say diets need to be tailored to individuals and their needs.
To learn more on wellness issues, visit the Parsons Student Health Center Web page
Centre is dedicated to the physical development and well-being of its students. One aspect of The College Centre project is to upgrade Sutcliffe Athletic Center, making it a state-of-the-art athletic/recreation center. The new Sutcliffe will make Centre a national leader in wellness and recreation offerings. It will provide Centre students with a remarkable facility for their social and physical growth and wellness activities.
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