Your Guide To Staying Healthy at URI

July 31, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

We all know how difficult it can be to remain healthy and fit while away at school and students at the University of Rhode Island are no exception to that. Dining halls, late night munchies, and fast food spots surrounding us wherever we go. Although eating has a tremendous impact on how healthy you are, staying active is just as important. Here are some tips on how to avoid the freshmen fifteen, lose the sophomore sixteen, dodge the junior jillion, and shave off the senior seventeen. 

I can’t tell you how many people I know that have used the excuse, “I don’t have the time!” Truth is, we’re all students with social lives and with grades to keep up; none of us have the spare time either. You have to make the time to work out in order to be a healthier you. Even if that means setting your alarm clock an hour early before class or saying no to happy-hour once a week!

Avoid the late night munchies

Avoid the late night munchies

I know we all enjoy eating a Chicken Parmesan calzone at 3AM from I-Zone, but it’s not doing you any good. Those extra calories are proving to be deadly and will help you gain weight immediately. Instead of ordering food, maybe set a side a snack for when you get home. Believe it or not, a peanut butter and banana sandwich tastes great after a long night out down-the-line.

It’s never easy getting yourself to the gym, but when you have another person depending on you, things change. Having a workout buddy can mean the difference between getting a work out in or taking a nap. It’s important to surround yourself with people who have similar goals as you because believe it or not you’ll end up inspiring each other and now you won’t have an excuse because URI has a brand new state of the art fitness center right across from Hope Dining Hall. 

Remain active

Remain active

Switching up your routine is key in order to see results, but also to keep you interested in your workout. Try out new workout regimes to spice up your daily routines. If you’re not much of a runner, pick a beautiful day (Rhode Island has plenty to choose from) and around alongside the seawall or even through campus. If your a cardio fanatic, get yourself into a weight training class and learn about proper form and technique. The new Anna Fascitelli Fitness studio has a wide range of classes from dance to weight training and even kickboxing. This could really do your body some justice!

Believe me, I know it’s difficult to get those 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re not up studying for an exam then you’re probably out and about in Narragansett or maybe your a Netflix series binge watcher. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to sleep when you have the time to because this will help you regain your energy to work out better, focus on your classes, and be an overall happier individual.

Truth is, as college students we are all growing physically and mentally. In order for that growth to peek we must fuel our bodies to the best of our abilities. Yes, I encourage you to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, but I also encourage you to consume protein and fats regularly. I don’t mean a large fries from Burger King when I say fat, but instead try some almonds, peanuts, or avocados. These are all great sources of good fat and are tasty, too. Mix things up and enjoy your fast metabolism while you still got it!

So often college students get caught up in the pressures of school, society, and family. It’s okay to admit that you’re stressed out and to cut back on some of  the responsibilities on your plate. Being kind to yourself also means being honest with how you feel physically and mentally. Take a break once and a while…you deserve it! While you’re at it, don’t forget to be kind to those around you. This will make you happier and more at peace with yourself. Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it must be practiced regularly.

Consider these tips when trying to remain healthy and fit at any college or university. Luckily for the students at the University of Rhode Island being active outdoors comes easy because of the cool ocean breeze and wide open space in and around campus. Whatever town or city you are from, these tips can help you become more physically, emotionally, and even sexually healthier. 

Eating Spots on Stonehill’s Campus

June 6, 2014 in Campus Life, Colleges, Reviews

The Hill at Stonehill College

The Hill at Stonehill College

1. The Caf

This is the largest place to eat on campus, and it has the most options. Here you’ll be using your meal plan money from your Hillcard. You can eat as many times as you want per day, but just be aware of how much you’re spending.  Make sure you don’t run out of money toward the end of the semester, which easily happens to all of my friends, and sometimes me. You can go to to see your balance, and Stonehill will post how much money people with each plan should have per week.

There are different stations where you can order a meal. Vegetarian, international, entrée/main, grill, salad, sandwich and panini station, and of course the beloved bakery are the different options. The food is pretty good and you can usually find something you’ll like. I usually stick to the entrée or international lines. The meals rotate, so after a while it feels repetitive. Don’t worry if you have allergies or restrictions. People in dining services are super sweet and cooks are always willing to work with you.

One of the downfalls to the Caf is the hours. They’re not bad, but sometimes I wish it was open all day. You have to plan your days around when you’re going to eat, especially if you have classes during the majority of a meal time. But, that’s why we have The Hill.

Weekdays: Continental Breakfast, 7:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.; Hot Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Lunch, 11:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Dinner Mon. – Thu., 4:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Dinner Fri., 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Weekends/Holidays: Continental Breakfast, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Hot Brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner, 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

2. The Hill

The Hill is great because it’s opened basically all day. It’s perfect if you get to the Caf as it’s closing right after class. Food here is mostly finger foods. There are burgers (veggie and black bean included), wraps, chicken fingers, quesadillas, salads, etc. Sushi is also available. There are pre-made salads and sandwiches if you’re in a hurry, along with yogurt, fruit cups, and hummus. There are bagels and pastries, but not as much as the Caf. It’s pretty good, but again, it gets old after a while. Sometimes it’s awesome, but it depends on who’s working and cooking. I recommend the garden burger or the veggie wrap, and you can’t go wrong with chicken fingers and sweet potato fries. Here you’ll also be using meal plan money, so beware, because The Hill serves Starbucks coffee. Chai tea lattes and caramel macchiatos can be dangerous.

The Hill has booths and tables where you can do homework, eat, or just hangout. The pool table is pretty popular. There’s usually music playing, or the TVs are on playing a movie, news, or daytime shows. On weeknights or weekends there’ll be trivia or intimate concerts on the small stage inside.

Hours: Sun.  2 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Mon. – Thu. 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sat. 2 p.m. – 1 a.m

3. Dunkin Donuts in the Science Center

You can get breakfast sandwiches, coolattas, donuts and muffins like any ordinary Dunks. The only downfall is that it comes off of your $50 food flex that automatically goes on your Hillcard each semester. If you drink coffee even a few times a week, this will run out fast. You can add money on your Hill dollars. Food flex and Hill dollars go hand in hand, but you have to add the latter yourself. It can be spent at Dunks, the bookstore, or places just off campus like Bertucci’s or Daddy’s Dairy. I usually just pay with cash or my debit card. Or you can ask for your family for Dunks gift cards for your birthday, Christmas, or random occasions. You might be reading this and say that you don’t drink coffee, and that this won’t be a problem for you. I used to be like you until Sophomore year came along. Pretty soon, you too will be sucked into the heavenly, yet costly coffee vortex.

 4. Ace’s Place in the library

Ace’s Place is fairly new. It was renovated in summer 2012, and now looks like an actual café. There are tables and booths to sit in. A lot of people like to study in there, and it’s a great place to meet a professor or coworker outside of the classroom or office. Ace’s Place offers Starbucks coffee and beverages, bagels in the morning, cookies, and pastries. There is also trail mix, Panera soup, and other to-go sandwiches and salads. It’s super convenient for someone like me who spends hours at a time in the library. It’s also convenient if you want something small to have on the way to class, as long as your classes are after 10 a.m. At Ace’s Place you’re spending meal plan money.

Hours: Mon. – Thu. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun.  4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

5. The Sem Caf (The Holy Cross Center)

The Sem is off in the boonies of Stonehill. It’s a place only those who had the opportunity to live there truly understand. It’s a freshman dorm, but I lived there as a sophomore with my best friend who’s an RA. Since it’s pretty secluded, you typically wouldn’t come here for a meal besides Sem Brunch. Plus, you’ll need someone to let you in. This Caf is pretty small, and that’s mostly because it’s typically only for Sem residents. Brunch is popular because it’s amazing. The pancakes are a lot bigger than brunch at the Caf in the commons. You order what you want and they make it for you right there…chocolate chip/banana, blueberry, or m&m pancakes. Enough said. The omelets are also delicious. If you get veggies, cooks put them on the grill before they put them in the omelet, which they don’t do at the commons, and it makes a huge difference. You haven’t lived (at Stonehill, anyway) until you’ve had Sem Brunch.

Brunch hours: Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Stonehill's Ace's Place

Stonehill’s Ace’s Place

Campus food: It’s not THAT bad.

December 18, 2013 in Campus Life, Health, Reviews

There are many different aspects to take into consideration when choosing a college; programs, location, school ranking, but somewhere on that list should be something a little more simple, and that is food. At first thought food may not seem like a deciding factor for a school but it is quite an important piece, this is after all the food that you will be consuming for about 8 months a year for the next 4 years of your life; let me assure you, it is important. Once you first enter college, while the different places to eat on campus are still new and exciting and your meal plan is still full, you will be in an unrestricted, all you can eat heaven. This is what people mean when they talk about the ever-dreaded freshmen 15. With no mothers around to ensure you’re eating your vegetables many students get a little too excited by the freedom and eat pizza 7 nights a week. While this is a beautiful prospect, you’re on your own now and you’re going to need to make sure that you actually take care of yourself or not only are you going to gain that freshmen 15 but you’re going to get really sick too! However, after a month or two of eating at the same few places on campus multiple times every day, no matter how good your school’s food is, you’re bound to get sick of it eventually. To avoid that I suggest picking at least one day a week when you and your friends either go out to eat or order food off campus, it’s a great way to get great food, save on your meal plan and have some fun with your friends at the same time!

Here at Hofstra University we have many different options of where and what to eat on campus. We have a student center, which is the hub of all life here on campus, inside which has a variety of food options ranging from pizza, to Indian cuisine, and from sandwiches to grilled food. My favorite station in the Student Center however is one called Organic Grill. At Organic as we call it you get to choose from a variety of fresh vegetables what to add to your pan, as well as chicken or tofu and pasta. You then choose which type of sauce you want, soy, balsamic or white wine, and they stem it all together between two pans before adding cheese to the delicious masterpiece; I would get this just about every day if I could.

Hofstra University is split into two separate sides of campus by the main road, the Hempstead Turnpike. On one side of the road is the residential side, where the dorms are, and the other is the academic side, where all the classes are. On the residential side of campus we have two other food options besides the Student Center; Dutch Treats and Hofstra USA. Dutch Treats, or just dutch, is a 24 hour convenient store open for all your late night munchie needs, it is truly a blessing here on campus. Hofstra USA has a number of affectionate nicknames; hof, hofusa, husa, regardless of what you call it this is a fun, none too healthy, option on campus for those days when you could use some comfort food. At Hofstra USA they serve mozzarella sticks, burgers, chicken fingers and more AND they’re open until 2 am everyday, a dangerous but glorious fact. While I do not reccomend eating here every day it is certainly a fun and yummy treat every once in a while.

There are also a few places in the academic side of campus to stop and grab some food or sit down and have lunch in between your classes. The biggest cafe on this side of campus is called Bits and Bites. This is the perfect place to go if you have some time between classes and are looking for a place to sit down and eat. There are plenty of options here such as burgers, salads, pizza, pasta and even smoothies from Red Mango. Bits is one of my favorite places to eat on campus whether I am already on the academic side or not. We also have a Au Bon Pain here on campus which is a great second option for sit-down eating between classes if you are in the mood for soups and sandwiches. In addition to these great options we have Starbucks here on campus, a true blessing as any college student knows, as well as many food stands in some of the Halls themselves so students can grab a snack to take into class.

The saying goes “with great choice comes great responsibility” and this goes for choosing your food on campus as well. It’s up to you to keep yourself happy and healthy so be smart about your choices and remember that a slice of pizza today won’t kill you but a salad tomorrow won’t either! With all of these choices you’re bound to find many different foods you love and hopefully never get sick of your options on campus.

How to Stay Fit in College

August 23, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

Diet + Exercise = Good Habits

Diet + Exercise = Good Habits

There is one thing every college student has to battle against: the Freshman 15. Whether you attend an in-state or out-of-state, urban or rural, public or private university, each of us has to fight it. While this is mostly prevalent one’s freshman year in college, it can affect you no matter what year you are and, unfortunately, it all equates to weight gain. I can’t recall anyone ever making a conscious decision to pick up weight during his/her college years; it normally just happens. It’s typically a combination of unlimited dining hall swipes, late night study snacks, lack of consistent work outs and the frequent opportunities for free food. The good news is that you don’t have to gain weight in college as long as you make better choices and create good habits. Whatever the case may be, if you desire to avoid the Freshman 15, then these are definite things you will want to keep in mind.


It all starts with changing the way you eat. Because food is prevalent in college, your biggest concern will be watching what you put in your mouth. So for instance, try to only snack 2 or 3 times a day or just make sure all your late night snacks are healthy. If you do this, then that will at least eliminate any weight gain from snacking. Also, try to limit the amount of fried foods you eat. Believe it or not, that alone will help you take in fewer calories per day. There are many tools and phone apps out there that allow you to monitor your calorie intake and provide healthy food options.  Two apps that I’ve used and are available in ITunes are Lose It or Fooducate. Use these tools to help create a healthy diet that you’ll stick to, because there is nothing worse than starting something and not sticking with it.


Most colleges have a gym on campus, so take advantage of it. This is your chance to work out as much and as often as you would like! A lot of gyms have group exercise classes. So even if you decide the regular treadmill and elliptical method isn’t for you, then you can go to one of the many group classes your school offers.  These classes could include anything from the popular Latin exercise, Zumba, to a more arduous exercise such as, Crossfit training. Either way these classes provide an opportunity for you to try something new and find an exercise that you’ll love! Find what form of fitness is best for you and stick to it.


Often times when people speak of habits, it’s in a negative light. Well, I’m here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be a negative. You can create good diet and exercise habits that can either help you reach your weight goal or just live an overall healthy lifestyle. Habits can make or break you. So, let’s make it a positive one. Try to create an exercise routine where you workout 3-5 times per week. This will keep you at a steady fitness level depending upon what level of fitness you choose to maintain. Another tip is to follow a strict diet for maybe 3-4 days a week and then have a couple cheat days where you can eat how you would normally like to – just don’t go overboard! You can reach your goal. It’s all about keeping health and fitness a priority.

Video: Picco Restaurant in Boston Review

August 9, 2013 in Health, Reviews, Videos

A current student reviews Picco Restaurant in Boston