Please stop hurling junk food at our time-deprived students

From pizza and chips to soups and lattes, the variety of food offered at Pierce College is incredible.

Although I have never considered myself to be a health freak, eating well is a part of my everyday life.

I have sat through one too many science and health classes at Pierce not to know that maintaining a balanced diet contributes greatly to a better quality of life.

The addition of burger stands and more oily foods is the last thing our school needs.

Health education at Pierce teaches about the dangers of eating too much junk food.

It is not appropriate for a college campus to sell what their classes teach against.

Anyone with a dollar in their pocket could choose from dozens of snacks available in The Freudian Sip, the Bookstore, the Cafeteria and in food-dispensing machines at Pierce.

The school is loaded with vending machines that accept credit and debit cards!

The question of whether we need even more food on campus has yet to be answered.

The idea of fast food has come up more than once, and many students feel it would be a good idea.

Jacob Adams, a psychology major, said, “It’s easy to grab lunch on campus in between my classes because there’s not time to drive somewhere to get food when I only have 15 minutes to eat.”

Many students, including Adams, have a lot of down time during the school day. A student will have a class at 9 a.m. and not have another until noon.

They may be on campus during lunch time and want more to eat than what is being offered at the Cafeteria or The Freudian Sip.

Fast food on a college campus can be controversial.

Franchises like Subway and Jamba Juice have opened stores at California State University, Northridge.

Both chains offer fresh foods that are not fried or soaked in grease.

Pierce should look into healthier options when it comes to feeding our student body. 

There have been many times when my empty belly has growled at me after going to class from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and I surrender to the vending machines. I will eat a snack at school to control my hunger until I can dine at home after class.

I realize not every one has this option.

Some people have the need to consume entire meals on campus, in which case more restaurant choices would be convenient.

Pierce should add some eateries that promote healthy food choices.

When you eat better, you feel better.

Eating vegetables, fruits, fresh meats and dairy improves your energy levels, your digestive track, your mental and emotional health and your overall mood.

You are what you eat, so remember that before you go to salivate over a juicy heart attack between bread, and choose the carrot sticks instead!

Laura Davis ()

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