D – 9 hosts health seminar

Campus sorority and fraternity representatives presented a food and nutrition seminar that focused on health Monday evening in the T. L. James auditorium. John Irving, vice president of the Panhellenic Council, introduced the topic of discussion for the evening.

“Health and Nutrition is the key element for survival. We as African Americans usually hold the highest top for unhealthy behavior,” Irving said.

Ian Wagner, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, presented information to the audience on healthy eating habits and how to shed unwanted pounds.

“Weight loss and weight gain is based on carb intake. Just think of your body as a bank. When you deposit money, your money begins to be stored. Then you take money out when you need it in order to pay bills and survive in general,” Wagner said.

A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight.

“It’s the same with your body. When your body knows food is coming in, it takes the energy that we need to survive and stores the rest.

“Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns. It’s all about portion control. Fat is the hater in the equation,” Wagner said.

For a healthier body, use tools to make smart food choices
quickly and easily.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests a few tips: Check servings and calories, make your calories count, know your fats, and reduce sodium (salt) and increase potassium.