Ask a Peer Health Leader

Have you ever had a question about health but you didn't know who to ask? Well, now you can ask a Peer Health Leader! Simply email us at askapeerhealthleader@uco.edu to get your questions answered.


Our knowledgeable Peer Health Leaders can help you through a variety of topics such as:

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  • - The freshman 15
  • - Proper nutrition while in college
  • - How to make it through finals week without stressing out
  • - and more...
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Here are some of your recent questions for our Peer Health Leaders:


Dear Peer Health Leaders, 

I have been one of the many who are a victim of the Freshmen 15. I am a senior now and have fighting the battle of the bulge for years, but this is the year I succeed! But, where do I start? 

Weight loss is really a simple equation: more calories in than out. As simple as that may seem, there are some harder implications. 1 lb of fat is equal to 3500 calories. Though this may seem like a taunting number, think baby steps. If you can spend or take in 500 calories less a day, you can typically lose 1 lb in a week! For 2 lbs a week, it's double that number per day. This is where exercise and healthy nutrition comes into play.
Dear Peer Health Leaders, 

How big a role is nutrition in my goals? 

A HUGE role. Nutrition plays about 70-80% of your success. For those wanting to lose weight, in the long run it's a LOT easier to not eat 500 calories than it is to burn it off. And, for those wanting to pack on some muscle/tone up, without the proper caloric intake that includes the correct carb/protein/fat ratios, it's going to be nearly impossible for you to achieve your goals.
Dear Peer Health Leaders, 

I really want to raise my metabolism. Any suggestions on how to do that? 

There are a few basic ways to raise your metabolism. One of the best way to do this is by eating a few small meals per day, about every 2-3 hours. Also, make sure you're taking in whole wheat or whole plant carbohydrates. Highly processed and refined carbohydrates make your metabolism sluggish. Drinking the correct amount of water is really important for a well functioning metabolism. Remember, the magic number is 96 oz a day. 

Another way to increase your metabolism is exercise, in both strength training and cardio. Cardiovascular exercising will increase your metabolism, both during, and after your workout session is over. Strength training builds muscle. Muscle raises your metabolism because muscle burns more calories than fat.
Dear Peer Health Leaders, 

Are there any food items to watch for this holiday season? 

Beware of anything greasy, cheesy, creamy and/or super sweet or salty. Little indulgences are ok, but a whole lot of these food items can quickly add to your waist line. Try to pick one, maybe two, treats that you want to have, and stick to one serving size. Also, alcohol wise, limit those empty calories! But, if you are going to drink, stick to wine or your hard liqueurs with low calorie mixers. You'll get the most bang for your sip there (wine= 20 calories/oz, hard liquor around 70 cal/oz). Look at our helpful holiday hints for more weight-conscious ideas. Also, drink responsibly- only drink if you are of legal age, and always have a designated driver.

There's no need to let your questions go unanswered when you can ask a Peer Health Leader!


For more information contact Brittney Criswell at 974-2320 or bcriswell@uco.edu

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