Health Tip: Stay Healthy at College

How to manage while living away from home

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- College is an exciting time. For many students, it's their first extended stint living away from mom and dad.

But the stress of maintaining good grades, living on a limited income, and getting along with roommates can take its toll, mentally and physically.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions for staying healthy at college:

  • Get regular medical checkups and vaccinations.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to bad grades, depressed mood, and difficulty maintaining relationships. It also raises your risk of chronic problems including diabetes and heart disease.
  • Make time for regular exercise.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Don't ignore symptoms of depression.
  • Don't abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Take precautions to prevent sexually transmitted disease.

--

Last Updated: