Cafe-StrengthenAgainstStress-(4).JPGLast week, a representative from CulinArt Group, the University’s dining service provider, visited the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to educate our students about how to use food and exercise to alleviate stress.

According to a national Stress in America survey, which is an annual analysis by the American Psychological Association, most Americans revealed they do not feel they are managing stress well. Two-fifths reported overeating or eating unhealthy foods because of stress and only 27% of respondents said they were happy about their current level of exercise.

In the first – but not last – of its kind, “Strengthen against Stress” covered topics such as how stress affects your body, five nutrients that “nourish your noggin” and tame tension, foods to focus on for comfort, and what you can do to relieve stress.

As one of their specialties, CulinArt understands the importance of higher education dining. Their mission statement reads, “We know that students work hard, and it is our goal to provide them with nutrition programs that are both healthful and delicious.”

Along with providing important information, the session also included delicious samples of Pina colada chia pudding with toasted coconut shavings. Packed with a healthy dose of omega-3s, magnesium, and vitamin c, this recipe is a comfort food that truly comforts.

Keep an eye out for future sessions to come with more tips about living a healthier, stress-free lifestyle.