Student Health Resources
The CDC provides the following Quick Facts for Students regarding their health:
Healthy eating is all about balance. You don’t have to give up “comfort” foods like pizza. You just need to eat them only once in a while and balance them out with healthier foods and more physical activity. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables; eat fewer foods high in calories, saturated fat, salt, or added sugar; and don’t go on crash diets. For more information, visit:
This Web site features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides advice about how good dietary habits for people aged 2 years and older can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.
Also available, a brochure for consumers: Let’s Eat for the Health of It.
What are the basic food groups? Foods are grouped together when they share similar nutritional properties, by understanding the basic food groups, you’ll be able to plan a healthy daily diet.
Water is involved in every function of the body. It’s in every cell, tissue and organ of the body. In this section you’ll learn why getting enough water every day is important for your health.
Whether you’re looking for information about monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat, trans fat, or cholesterol, you’ll find what you need here.
You may be wondering what all the hype is about carbohydrates or “carbs” as they are often called. Find out the facts.
Then there’s protein. How much do you really need? Can you get too much? You’ll find answers to these questions and more by visiting this section.
Vitamins and minerals are nutrients your body needs to grow and develop normally. The NIH Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Fact Sheets provide information about the role of vitamins and minerals in health and disease.
Stress can sometimes be good. But it can also make you feel emotional and nervous or cause problems with sleeping and eating. Getting enough healthy activity and the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings go away in a few days or weeks. You can start to feel better by
- Taking care of yourself:
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.
- Talking to others:
- Share your problems and feelings with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergy person. Let them know how you’re coping with new challenges.
- Avoiding alcohol and other drugs, which can create more problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.
- Taking care of yourself:
- Not getting enough sleep puts teens and young adults at higher risk for car crashes, poor grades and performance in school, depressed moods, and problems with peer and adult relationships.
- Most sexually transmitted diseases are treatable, and many are curable. Half of all new sexually transmitted diseases occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years.
- Regular health exams and tests can help you prevent problems or find them early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. Getting the care you need and taking steps to live a healthier and safer life can help you achieve your goals while in school and over your lifetime.
Learn more about college health and safety issues,
including ways to:
- Improve eating habits.
- Be active.
- Get enough sleep.
- Maintain mental health and lower stress.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid substance use.
- Have healthy relationships.
- Prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
If you or a friend is struggling with a health or safety problem,
- Talk to someone you trust for support.
- Visit the University Health Clinic or local clinic or hospital. You can call the University Clinic at 325-942-2171 today.
- Contact the campus or community police if your safety is threatened.