Whether you’re heading into freshmen year or finishing up Graduate school, we have a plan to keep you safe and healthy while you hit the books. Sick days mean missed classes, no show social events, and missing even the big game. Stay healthy and in the classroom with this GamePlan.
1. Know the stats: Nearly half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) diagnosed each year are among young people aged 15–24 years. If you decide to have sex practice, safe sex.
2. Know the fundamentals: There are many challenges that college student’s face. Social pressures, readily available alcohol/drugs, and unhealthy food are prime culprits. The challenge of getting enough sleep, stress from trying to balance classes, friends, homework, jobs, athletics, and leadership positions also contribute to illness and feeling sick.
3. Know your team history: Your academic environment including the institution’s wellness offerings directly affect your health and wellness. Does your campus offer free immunizations? Where is the nurse located? Do some homework before you hit the campus.
4. Know your opponent: Junk food, Late-night study sessions, and stress can stack up against you in your pursuit of higher education. Excessive alcohol and tobacco also is prevalent. Know your limits and know when to take some needed rest.
5. Take Care of your teammates: Keeping your personal and communal space neat and sanitized will lead to better overall health for you and your roommates. In class and the cafeteria, wiping down heavily trafficked surfaces can keep germs away.
6. Keep your equipment in good order: Eating healthy food, hydrating with water, and getting plenty of restful sleep will keep you in class and out of your school’s medical facility. Maintaining personal hygiene will keep you fresh and clean for all of the your social and academic obligations.
7. A Good offense is the best Defense: Vaccinations are needed throughout your adult life to help you stay healthy. Be sure to ask your health care provider about getting vaccinated against meningitis, human papillomavirus (HPV), whooping cough (pertussis), tetanus, flu, and other diseases.
8. Fuel For Performance: Fruits, veggies, and lean protein are all available in the campus cafeteria. Hydration stations are now the norm. Healthy food and water options are the best bet to keep you moving forward. Fast food, sugars, energy drinks, and alcohol should be used in moderation. These can all make you feel sluggish and sleepy.