WELLWVU, West Virginia University’s student center of health, is encouraging all students to eatWELL and tweatWELL each day.

eatWELL is a part of the liveWELL campaign, which uses monthly thematic educational programs and social marketing campaigns to promote healthy behaviors. It aims to increase student’s fruit and vegetable consumption to at least five servings each day.

tweatWELL is a unique point-based social networking program, designed to get WVU students to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The program aims to provide students with a fun and interactive venue for promoting healthy lifestyles. It encourages students to check-in and post foods they are eating on http://www.tweatWELL.com.

According to the National Collegiate Health Association’s 2008 report of student health behaviors, the majority of college students eat fewer than three servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The survey conducted at WVU in February 2012 confirmed that WVU students’ behavior was comparable to the national standard. The daily recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is five to nine servings per day.

eatWELL will provide the incentive and education needed for students to make positive changes in their nutritional habits, moving them closer to the CDC recommendation.

WELLWVU’s Office of Wellness and Health Promotion works in partnership with Residential Education to bring eatWELL programs to students in residence halls via their wellness coordinators. Freggie Days, which includes educational activities and fruit and vegetable food samples at the Mountainlair will be held on Jan. 29, Feb. 20 and 28.

cookWELL classes, which teach students the essentials of preparing healthy food in a learning kitchen, will be held on Jan. 30, Feb. 13, March 6 and 20 from 6-8 p.m. To sign up for classes, go to: http://www.well.wvu.edu/. For a complete listing of eatWELL programs and activities, see: https://www.facebook.com/WELLWVU.

-WVU-

ch/01/25/13

CONTACT: Shannon Foster, WELLWVU
304-293-5054, Shannon.Foster@mail.wvu.edu

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