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Monday, October 22, 2012
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The peer education group SPIN (Students Promoting Information on Nutrition) has started working with the Women’s Ice Hockey Team to help improve their knowledge on nutrition. This is the first program of its kind where nutrition students are educating their student peer athletes! They hope to continue working with other sport teams in the future, as of now, the women’s gymnastics team has also showed an interest. The peer educators’ goals are to debunk common health myths and to teach the team how to eat in order to reach peak performance.
The SPIN students involved in this program are very interested in sports nutrition and aspire to make it part of their career. At the first session, the team was given chocolate milk and trail mix as an example of a healthy snack. It was explained that chocolate is a great recovery food, such as after practice or a game, because it has the perfect 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. Ice hockey is all about quick bursts of energy and sprinting, as opposed to a long distance race, so carbohydrates are the players’ main source of fuel. A typical college student’s diet should be 45-55% carbohydrates, 10-20% proteins, and 10-20% fats. In contrast, the diet of an athlete should consist 50-60% carbohydrates, 10-20% protein, and 20-30% fat! Carbs, carbs, carbs! This may come as a shock to athletes, women in particular, because our society tends to believe that carbohydrates are the source of weight problems. The amount of fats that an athlete should consume is also elevated which may come as a surprise, but it is important to eat the healthy fats and not those from fried foods.
The students received questions ranging from- if dairy caused weight gain, to what frozen foods were the best options. The peer educators look forward to their next meeting with the team where they plan on addressing gluten-free diets, vegetarianism, and smart ways to eat dairy.
For more information about sports nutrition check out AthletesAcceleration.com. This link is also great to look at to learn what you should eat before and after a gym workout! Your diet can really have an impact on your exercise because your food is what fuels you throughout your workout!
Every Monday night from 6-8pm SPIN hosts a table in the Hamel Rec. Center entrance, promoting a health snack or tip. Some of their upcoming tables include topics such as Folate, Vitamin C, and Fiber. Free snacks are provided during each table!
Click here to learn more about SPIN.
Every major is welcome to join the organization; however, no more applications are being accepted for the Fall 2012 semester. New applications will be reviewed for the Spring semester!
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