How to Stay Healthy in College

  1. Get enough sleep!
    Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough sleep, or having "Sleep Debt" as Dr. William C. Dement, a leading authority on sleep deprivation says, can have a negative effect on how you suceed in college. Having sleep debt can lead to poor productivity, a decreased ability to fight off infections or disease, and most critical, an increase in potential for having an accident of some kind. For more information on sleep deprivation, visit www.sleepfoundation.org.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet from the 5 food groups.
    The kinds of foods and the amount of exercise you get each day do affect your health. For information on the new food pyramid and how to design a diet specific to you and your lifestyle, visit the following web site provided by the United States Department of Agriculture: www.choosemyplate.gov.
  3. Get regular exercise!
    According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, you should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. The facilities in the Fitness Center on campus are convenient and offer regular classes on programs like aerobics, martial arts, etc. For a complete schedule of programs offerred on campus, visit the Recreational Activities page. For more information on exercise for college students, visit the following web site sponsored by the Nemours Foundation: http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/college/exercise.html.
  4. Drink enough water!
    According to the Mayo Clinic, adults should drink about 2 liters of water each day. Visit the following web site for more information on how water affects your body: http://nutrition.about.com/od/hydrationwater/a/waterarticle.htm.
  5. Treat simple illnesses right away.
    Many times, a simple illness such as a cold, can turn into a more serious infection if not treated right away. For more information on treating common cold symptoms, visit http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/colds.html or call the nurse line to talk directly with a member of the nursing staff.
  6. Minimize your stress level.
    College is fun but can be stressful without proper management of time and energy to prevent stress-causing events such as pulling all-nighters to study for the big exam. View tips on how to manage your stress level.