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Queen's launches blog on healthy eating

 
2010-03-15

It can be tough to focus on healthy eating when you’re in university. Between pulling all-nighters, being short on cash, and gaining the seemingly-inevitable ‘Freshman 15,’ students often don’t have the time or the resources to make nutrition a priority.

But there’s a new resource available to students, faculty and staff at Queen’s who’d like to improve their eating habits and stay healthy. Jeffrey Lalonde is a clinical dietitian and adjunct instructor in Kinesiology and Health Studies whose new blog, Ask Jeffrey, was launched this week by Queen’s Hospitality Services.

“I want to provide credible nutritional information,” says Mr. Lalonde. “I’m not going to be too political or debating the way people eat, just providing basic info on healthy eating.”

Blogging is becoming one of the most popular ways of delivering information; the format was chosen because it’s accessible to many members of the Queen’s community. It’s also interactive – students, staff and faculty can ask questions and give feedback.

Mr. Lalonde is hoping that feedback will inform and guide the blog’s future topics. He says that although the principles of healthy eating seem simple, many people have trouble carrying them out. Incorporating more fruits, vegetables and fiber into your diet, and cutting back on things that can be harmful, like sodium, are essential to a nutritious and balanced diet.

“It’s really when we skip meals and run to a food outlet that we tend to make poor decisions,” says Mr. Lalonde. “Planning out your meals and looking for convenient items that aren’t necessarily processed are essential to healthy eating. If we replace some of that (processed food) with some vegetables, we’ll be better off.”

You can read Ask Jeffrey at http://askjeffrey.wordpress.com

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