Three Steps to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen Hope Frank Purchase the Block 125 Meal Plan. Instead of having the option to eat in the dinning hall whenever you like and however often you want, limit yourself to 125 meals per semester. The Block 125 plan comes with $150 Dining Dollars, which can be spent anywhere on campus to purchase food. With the option of using dining dollars rather than a meal swipe, students have access to organic food sold at the Natural Market, non-meal exchange options at Marquette Place and Brew Cafes, as well as the restaurant atmosphere at The Annex. Feel free to spend less money on your meal plan; it provides you with more options! Don’t Limit Yourself to Dining Halls. Typical options during a meal at the McCormick Dining Hall are cereal, fries or mashed potatoes, mystery meat, grilled cheese, pizza, and ice cream. Why limit yourself to such a lack-luster diet? Students are allowed to have refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in their dorm rooms and have the access to a kitchen in the basement of their building. Even though fresh fruit, vegetables, and simple microwaveable food are hard to come by on campus, the local Pick-and-Save is only a short bus ride away. So pick up your free U-Pass from Union Station, hop on the number 30 bus, head to Pick-and-Save, and start shopping from some healthier foods to eat fresh, nuke in the microwave, or cook in the hall kitchen. Stay Active. Marquette offers club sports, intramural sports, instructional fitness programs, and facilities with open hours both at the Rec Plex and Rec Center. Are you really interested in a specific sport? Join the club team. Maybe you don’t want the time or price burden of club sports? Get a group of friends together and start your own intramural team! If team sports do not interest you, then register for a workout class that meets twice a week. Don’t want to spend the money? Make your own weekly workout schedule and stick to it—try to do some cardio work for at least thirty minutes each day. There’s hundreds of ways to stay healthy and active at Marquette, so find your niche and fight off those extra pounds!