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Stress at Adventist University of Health Sciences Includes How to Find Food

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For many college students, stress comes on a day to day basis. College students worry about their studies, their part-time or full time jobs, familial responsibilities, and for several students at Bay Run and LaSalle student housing, their source of food. While many incoming college students can expect a meal plan when arriving to their chosen university, Adventist University of Health Sciences’ students are provided with apartment style dormitories, equipped with kitchens for students to prepare their own meals. This encourages students to act on their independence as adults, but with already busy schedules, many students, especially those who have yet to acquire a vehicle, are at a loss in regards to purchasing the foods essential in…show more content…
45.1 percent reported that they worried they would not have enough money for food and 22.7 percent of these students reported that they sometimes went hungry due to the lack of money (Preidt, 2013).
A second study executed at another university in Oregon and found that 59 percent of students reported having difficulty purchasing enough healthy food with the little money that they have. This percentage is about four times that of the United States households that reported 15 percent of Americans are lacking enough food and are in fear of going hungry. Having average to poor health, a lower grade point average, and low income were among the factors associated with food concerns among the college students and the students who reported having a job stated that their job did not eliminate food concerns. In addition to full time, nonworking students, students with a steady source of income also had difficulty managing their time between studying, work, and preparing food to maintain a balanced diet. Students who reported food concerns worked an average of 18 hours a week, some working as many as 42 hours a week, but their financial demands more than consumed the income they were receiving (Preidt, 2013). This issue is also seen at Adventist University of Health Sciences, in Bay Run housing alone, three in five students reported having gone to school and attended class hungry more than once a week.
Megan Patton-Lopez, of the Benton County Health Department in
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