Preparing for College Life: A Healthy Guide

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Zoey Brown is joining the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response during the past summer to assist with the completion of a data analysis project. . She saw a number of CDC programs and activities, and wrote the following post on the Public Health Matters blog. The opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent those of the CDC, HHS or other government entities. A number of links include those who are interested in these topics at CDC and non-CDC sites for more information. The Bureau was delighted to welcome this talented young woman as part of an internship experience.

<img class="size-medium wp-image-10403 alignright" src="" alt=" Zoey Brown "width =" 256 "height =" 300 "/> As a rising high school student, the college stands on my horizon and, wherever I turn, there is another form To complete, And although I have had a lot of help during the application process, no one seems particularly concerned about what happens after choosing a school. I have lived in the same city all my life, how can I take my life and move it to a campus a thousand miles away?

For all students like me, who do not know very well how to prepare for college, I would like to share some tips to help you prepare to start this school.

You are what you eat

Chances are, your parents have had some control over your food up to now. Many children go to university without knowing how to manage their diet; therefore, the infamous Freshman 15 . With this in mind, here are some helpful tips on maintaining your diet on a meal plan.

Talk to your doctor. Before returning to school, make sure you understand what your body needs. Everyone has different nutritional needs based on a variety of factors, such as age, sex, size and level of activity.
Stay well stocked. Keep your dormitory filled with healthy snacks . My personal favorites are carrots, cashews, apples, granola bars, and popcorn.
Exchange . Consider replacing some fried foods with toasted versions and soda with juice or water
Consistency is important. Develop a consistent meal schedule that complements your schedule. Do not skip a meal to study or party.

Staying active

If you're like me, finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult. Sleeping in a few extra minutes or catching up on Netflix are more tempting than getting in this cardio workout. Without the high school sport or the loving fitness parent you are used to, you will have to take your health into your own hands. So, what are the best ways to stay in shape on campus?

Hit the gym. College is a great place to enjoy free access to gyms and fitness classes. It's probably one of the last times in your life that you will have a free gym membership so you can both use it!
Step in your steps. Just walking on campus can also be a great source of exercise. Or think of a bike for transportation around your new city.
Try a new sport. If you like to play sports but do not want to engage in interuniversity athletics, consider joining an intramural team. There is no pressure to be an intense athlete, and it's a great way to let off some steam.
Join the club. Most colleges also offer clubs that go hiking, biking, climbing, and more. These are a great way to expand your social circle.

Be careful

As a person who fought against mental health problems in recent years, I must admit that I am a little concerned about my transition to college. Fortunately, there are a ton of tips for maintaining and improving mental health in a new environment.

Battle of homesickness. One of the most common mental health problems among new students is homesickness. This can be particularly difficult if you are attending a college away from home, like me. There is no perfect solution, but one of the best things you can do is immerse yourself in college life – join clubs and activities, try to make some friends a little more like home.
Avoid Anxiety . College is a completely new environment, so it is understandable that more than 40% of students suffer from anxiety . To help keep your anxiety to a minimum, be sure to exercise regularly, try to sleep at least seven hours a night, drink less caffeine and do something you love every day. Of course, if the feelings of intense anxiety persist, you should seek help from the health services of your school.
Watch your mood. It is normal to feel depressed from time to time, but if these feelings persist, you may be suffering from depression . You should consult a health care counselor at your college if you experience any of the following situations for more than two weeks:
sleep problems
lack of energy or inability to concentrate
food problems
headache or soreness that persists after appropriate treatment
You should also ask for help if you have suicidal thoughts

Knowing the sex without danger

I have the chance to attend a school with a decent sex education program. However, many teens do not have, so there are a few things that the average student should know about Safe Sex .
Know that it's a choice. The choice to have sex is yours, and abstinence is a quite viable option.
Avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pregnancy . If you choose to have sex you should take steps to protect yourself. Using condoms, male or female . Make sure to check that the condom is intact and that it has not expired before use.
You speak r partner. Ask your partner first what is his sexual health. If they refuse to answer, they probably do not deserve to have sex with you.
Get tested. If you are already sexually active, you should consider going to your college's health clinic for to be tested .

Drink Responsibly

Drinking under 21 is illegal in the United States, but this is not always the case on college campuses. With this in mind, I wanted to expose some of the dangers of drinking on college campuses so that everyone could be informed.

Beware of drinking. One of the biggest concerns about alcohol consumption on college campuses is the high rate of excessive consumption of alcohol – 90% of alcohol consumption in minors is the excessive consumption of alcohol . Frequent drinking in young adults can lead to alcohol dependence, liver problems, brain damage and heart problems. Excessive consumption of alcohol can also lead to poor decision-making, including driving under the influence.
Do not hurt yourself. Alcohol use among minors is also related to unintentional injury, violence, academic achievement and other risk behaviors.

Good luck to those of you who are going to university and thank you to the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response for having had the opportunity to experience the public health in action at the CDC!


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