Murray State fights nationwide epidemic

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released information regarding a nationwide epidemic: obesity.

Every state was found to have at least a 20 percent obesity prevalence. With a 31.5 percent obesity ranking, Kentucky takes its place as the sixth most obese state in the nation. Kentucky placed above Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi, which was ranked No. 1 on the list.

Murray State officials state the University is providing healthy alternatives, to ensure better health.

Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, said he believes Murray State is committed to being nutritious.

According to the CDC, the need for a healthier, more active nation of people is critical. At Murray State, many options are provided to create a healthy environment for students to live in.

“We are providing more options for students to help them eat wisely,” Robertson said. “At the same time, we are promoting exercise in the Wellness Center.”

Paula Amols, director of Dining Services and Racer Hospitality, said Murray State offers many healthy options to the University community.

Entrees comprised of grilled meats, steamed vegetables and fresh whole fruit can be found at Winslow Cafeteria, she said.

On the other side of campus, students can go to Dunker’s Deli, located in the Curris Center, for healthy subs, sandwiches and wraps. Another healthier choice is the newly expanded salad bar which can also be found in the Curris Center, in the T-Room.

Ciara Harvey, senior from Mt. Vernon, Ill., said her favorite place to eat on campus is in the Curris Center.

“I enjoy going to the Curris Center for lunch because of the options I have there,” she said. “If I don’t feel like creating my own healthy sandwich, I know I can always find something good for me in the T-Room.”

Each venue also provides a breakfast bar containing yogurt, fresh whole fruit, granola and other healthy options for students to start their busy days.

For students who need help making healthy food choices, Amols said Dining Services employs two student nutritionists.

Said Amols: “They are available to help students in learning and in planning how to eat well in our dining facilities.”

Story by Alex Berg, Staff writer.