Lincoln Lions living Longer

By: Gabrielle Powell

Photographed by Gabrielle Powell

How healthy are you? Yeah, that walk from The New to the cafe is a bit of a stretch but are you really living healthy? You’re probably thinking What does being healthy really even mean? To be in “good health” refers to being in complete emotional and physical well being.

A lot of times I hear my peers in college say, “How can I be Healthy here on Lincoln campus?”.  Though I do agree, there aren’t too many ‘healthy’ places here to eat on campus, but there are a number of different resources here on Lincoln University’s campus and different precautions you can use; to make healthier choices for a healthier life.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) out of both genders male and female, out of the percent of the population, 31% of females are overweight. Out of that percent , 22.5 % are overweight African american Women.

Though, healthy Black women come in all shapes and sizes, here are differents ways women in college might become  ‘unhealthy’. While researching on proper nutrition for college kids on The best college reviews, I found that: improper nutrition, not enough exercise, improper amount of study time, and not having a healthy social life, are the top four reasons for college students to be unhealthy.

Lincoln offers a select few resources to maintain a Lincoln Lions healthy living. I took it upon myself to figure out what it is that Lincoln University offers to help reduce the top four reasons why a Lincoln Lion might not be healthy, especially for our Lincoln women. Frequently,  I can find myself only eating things like pizza, fries and sandwiches from the cafe. Although, I try to save ‘flex’ for the whole semester, I max out my ‘flex’ eating KFC or BRB only when I’m tired of cafe food. I’m well aware that sometimes I don’t get the proper amount of nutrition everyday.

 Lincoln’s dining hall website states “Our campus philosophy is to offer diverse culinary experiences, based on the personality traits, emotional and social needs, and the dining preferences of today and tomorrow students”. Within a week of eating in the cafe you’ll see that the ‘culinary experiences’ aren’t very well diverse.

There are still ways to maintain good health and proper nutrition here on campus. Instead of  maxing out on Kfc, healthier choices can be made. Like using the Wellness cafe, where there are healthier choices and a salad bar. Also, to make smarter health  options you can visit Lincoln’s dining hall website to search all your nutritional facts and choices in one place.

Between school, homework and trying to maintain a healthy social life; it can be hard finding the time to exercise. Studies show that getting enough exercise is vital for having both a healthy mind and body.

According to Harvard Health publishing harvard medical school, regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory and thinking skills. Here at Lincoln we offer a dance studio, aerobic room, strength and conditioning equipment, a gymnasium, locker room, bouldering and a rock climbing wall in the Wellness gym.

The gym is open,

Monday- Friday: 2 p.m. – 9 .p.m,

Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m – 6 p.m.

You can stop by Lincoln’s school website and search ‘recreational services’, to see a list of all the Strength and Conditioning equipment.  

As college students even as a Black women things can get hectic without good time management. I know sometimes I can find myself trying to cramp too much information in and pulling an all nighter. I found some important and good to know facts about why pulling an all nighter is bad for your health, on the  Science Daily,  where research for the lastest news are posted daily. This website provides research that proves a sleep deprived brain is dysfunctional and pulling all nighters activate short term and not long term memory.  

To improve your time management, there are workshops provided on certain days in the Wright Hall building. To get the workshop upcoming days, talk to a staff member that works on the second floor of Wright Hall.

While time management might be a virtue, The Lincoln University library hours are from

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m -10 p.m

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m  

Sunday: 2 p.m – 10 p.m

The lives of students on campus are important. Especially the lives of our women because although we are tomorrow’s leaders, our women will birth a new generation of tomorrow’s leaders. A healthy life leads to longevity and  its Lincoln’s responsibility to ensure the proper resources so that Lincoln lions live longer. Find out what your peers think about “Lincoln lions living longer”, Was this article helpful? Or do you have your own ways of maintaining a healthy life that you would like to share with others?

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