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hey t-men, I am about to go for my Bachelors degree but I dont want to go to a school that has a shitty track record when it comes to working out and nutrition. I actually would like to go to a good school that knows a thing or two about diet and excercise!
Any tips on schools and what to study(excercise science, kinetics,etc…) is appreciated!!!

Marian College of Indianapolis.

Where are you at? I got my bachelors at the University of Northern Colorado in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise and sport science and a minor in dietetics. The program is great and most of the professors coach a sport at the University as well. They know their stuff. The school is not too big, but definitely not small.

Arizona State

I am at Arizona State for Kinesiology right now and as biased as it may sound I think it is one of the best if not the best. This is the way I look at it. School is your base. Take what you learn there and then read books like Science and Practice of Strength Training and Supertraining then get under the bar where the real learning is. There are alot of good programs though so go where it best suits you. We do have the hottest women though. The bikinis came out a few weeks ago.

I don’t know that there is much of a difference in those programs from school to school. What I would recommend, however, is that if you want to go into this field make sure that they have an actual kinesiology program, as many schools probably only have a few classes on it.

A couple other things to think about:
1.) ALWAYS go to they rec center and check it out. How big is it? Do they have trainers? Are people actually lifting? It’ll give you a glimpse into the culture of the school regarding health issues. The same thing applies to IM sports.

2.) Try to find a school with a decent sized athletic program (D-I all of the way if possible). You have a better shot of being able to get in and do some real athletic training (so long as it is not just doctors on the sidelines). This will not only give you exposure to sports injuries, but may help you score some tail by just being close to the team. I would recommend in the Midwest or Northeast for these types of schools (since they have hockey, lacrose, crew, and other sports that you may not find in southern schools).

3.) Go eat at the cafeteria. That applies to every school, but is another way to get insight into the health concerns of students.

4.) Look for rec space (i.e. fields, parks, etc.) around the school. Too urban of a campus = no space for getting outside and being active.

Just some of my thoughts anyway.

I am in Oklahoma, if that makes a difference.