As Bearathon looms, healthier options presented
By Amanda Hayes
A lecture presented by Baylor Fitness department and Baylor Dining Services called “Marathon Nutrition” will be conducted Wednesday as part of the Food Fit Series.
There will be two presentations. One will be for faculty and staff from 12:15-1 p.m. in the Mayborn Museum Community room, and another for students from 7 to 8 p.m. in room 308 of the Student Life Center. Jill Hamilton, registered dietician for Aramark in Baylor Dining Services, will speak about sports and exercise nutrition.
Hamilton said the goal is to provide nutrition education from a qualified professional on topics the Baylor community finds relevant. With the Bearathon on March 21, Hamilton said participants need to add healthy eating to their training.
The Bearathon, known as the toughest half in Texas, will start on campus, take runners through the hills of Cameron Park, and feature a signature finish outside McLane Stadium, according to the Student Foundation website.
“You’ll need more food on days with long runs and less after short runs,” Hamilton wrote in an email to the Lariat. “Having a wvariety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins on your plate will give you sufficient energy to make it through training and race day.”
Hamilton also emphasizes the importance of hydration, and suggests that runners refer to the athlete’s plate from the United States Olympic Committee.
Clint Patterson, coordinator of fitness, said these events are helpful for students to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the midst of activities and midterms.
“When you pair physical activity and good nutrition, that’s when you see results,” Patterson said.
The Food Fit Series provides opportunities for faculty and staff to learn about healthy eating habits, as well as students.
“The best advice I have is to have a plan,” Hamilton said. “Schedules get busy, so have something to eat with you at all times.”
Hamilton provides free nutrition counseling to students, faculty and staff and works with students on campus with food allergies.
For additional information contact Hamiltion at 710-6462.