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Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

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It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

Colleges are using more digital tools to get the word out to students about programs that promote healthy eating and wellness, rather than dieting.

Dietician Colleen Dour evaluated the effectiveness of a computer-based wellness program in a study for Syracuse University.

"There are resources on campuses where students can go and get this information. The health centers that they go to or the workout wellness centers. A lot of times there's trainers at these individual universities that they can get access to."

Dour says that with student's busy schedules, schools do have trouble reaching out to students. "I think they're struggling trying to get the information out, but students have a desire for nutrition exercise information."

She said on-demand mobile lessons are becoming effective.

The study found women responded better to the program than men. Dour says that has a lot to do with how men and women motivate themselves to stay healthy.

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