Phi Beta Sigma holds health seminar

The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated hosted a seminar on health last Wednesday night in the Favrot Student Union. The men began the seminar with healthy snacks and bottles of water. They also quizzed the audience on the human body.

They then gave tips on staying healthy and fitness advice. The men shared facts about cancer and statistics, in addition to ways to make better food choices.

Jeremy Mims explained that fatigue, headache, and body aches are due to dehydration and that sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade are not healthy beverages because of their high sugar contents.

According to Mims, not only are sports drinks unhealthy, but cold water as well. He said it’s best to drink water at room temperature.

Every action to the body causes a reaction. The cold water prompts a reaction in the body that the body might not be able to handle.

Room temperature H2O causes a more conducive reaction for the body to handle.

Ian Wagner, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, from New Orleans majoring in biology, stated, “The whole point of this seminar is informing students on campus on tips of staying healthy and in shape.

“Many incoming freshmen (experience an) increase of weight due to lack of physical activity and (an) increase in eating.

“We want to make sure the students at Grambling know everything they need to know to make better decisions when it comes to their health.”

The brothers also gave tips on how to beat gaining the dreaded “freshman 15.”

The McCall Dining Hall may seem appetizing; however, portion control is the key to maintaining a healthy weight.
The brothers also instructed the audience on how to calculate their Body Mass Indexes.

Body Mass Index is the ratio of fat to lean muscle on the body. It can be figured out by contrasting a person’s weight with his/her height.

BMIs under 25 are considered “underweight.” BMIs between 25 and 29.9 are considered “overweight.” BMIs above 30 are classified “obese.”

This basic knowledge of how much one weighs and how to maintain healthy weights are the keys to staying healthy.