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10 Ways to Better Health for College Students

By on October 17, 2012

Whether you are a college student or the parent of one, the university experience brings excitement and challenges, changes and even some risks. Balancing your new found freedom away from home or making new friends, dating, and learning new things are cool but often stressful. Simply, it can be hard to deal with pressures related to a new lifestyle, temptation of drugs & alcohol, and sexual activity. Yes, college is all about learning in and outside of class.

That’s why taking good care of you while in school away from home is paramount. If you pull an all-nighter to cram for a test, you will not get the rest you need. Insufficient sleep is linked to several chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and depression. Students who are working or studying long into the wee hours of the morning may experience episodes of sleep deprivation. Being sleep deprived is no small matter; it can cause sluggishness, difficulty concentrating, and trouble making decisions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

10 Tips for College Students:

  • Avoid toxic friendships and socializing with people with impulse control issues.
  • Avoid over-indulgence of stimulants like caffeine and nicotine.
  • Keep some ‘emergency money’ accessible in case of emergencies.
  • Engage in a ‘stress-less’ personal hobby or passion as you attend classes.
  • Refrain from risky sexual activity, consider condoms, abstinence, make good choices with sex partners.
  • Maintain a good, stress free sleeping environment. Get rid of distracting noises or bright lights during bedtime.
  • Manage your diet. It matters what you eat and drink. Processed foods will weigh you down, literally.
  • Adhere to a healthy sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • See your health provider if you have any health concerns major or minor.
  • Avoid pulling an all-nighter to study or party. Fun is fine but too much can tear you down mentally and physically.

College students, typically 18 and over often experience the freedom and responsibilities of being on a college campus without incident. But there are times when we forget to take care of ourselves while pursuing higher education. These seven sensible tips will go a long way to keeping you healthy and relaxed. They might even help your grade point average.

Under the Affordable Care Act, a young person can now be added or kept on a parents’ health insurance policy until age 26 years. By allowing children to stay on their parent’s plan, the Affordable Care Act makes it easier and more affordable for young adults to get health insurance coverage. Just so you know.

One Comment

  1. Jordan

    October 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    All this info is so true. I graduated 2011 & did a pretty good job maintaining my health and diet. Yeaa I got the freshmen pounds, but that came off. Rutgers has 4 dining halls and many cafes…I was eating my lil heart out not realizing what was happening.

    On the other hand, college/dining hall food is not conducive to those who want to be healthy & healthy eating habit. It is difficult.

    These are great tips & I wish during first year orientation there would be a health & wellness session. Not just the usual basics they give.

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