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College health and safety

College is full of exciting new experiences, from meeting people to living away from home. But, college can also be stressful as you try to develop new routines, maintain a healthy diet, and manage responsibilities on your own. Keep these tips and information in mind to stay safe and healthy in college:

Check in with your school or local health clinic for routine check-ups and any health concerns you may have.

As you get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off. You can also develop risks for other diseases. Be sure to ask your health care provider about getting vaccinated for meningitis, human papillomavirus (HPV), tetanus, flu, and other diseases.

Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. Avoid pulling an all-nighter to study.

Be active for at least 2.5 hours a week. Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles. To meet the guidelines for aerobic activity, basically anything counts, as long as it’s done at a moderate- or vigorous-intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Eat a balanced diet.Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy and are the best eat-on-the-go foods. Be sure to eat regular healthy meals to help maintain your energy level. Eating habits may change once you’re in college, and you may gain or lose weight. If you are concerned about your weight, talk with your health care provider about how to lose or gain weight safely.

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