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Wellness 101 for New and Returning College Students

Beginning or returning to college is a major life change for young adults. This is an exciting and challenging time, particularly for new college students. College life means more responsibility, more stress and dealing with new pressures. The following tips and issues to be aware of from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website can help students as they deal with transitioning to college life.

To promote wellness among new and returning college students several common health and safety issues should be addressed and resources provided. These include eating disorders, lack of sleep and fatigue, mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety, relationship issues such as sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and substance use (alcohol, tobacco and drugs). The hot lines listed below are national resources. Be sure to find out what your local college and community offer by contacting your schools health center, resident assistants and local resources. Get to know your new community and what it has to offer.

Some important health and safety tips include staying physically active, eating well and visiting your schools health center for check up’s and vaccinations. College presents a good opportunity to make new friends and doing so may help with maintaining a positive attitude both of which contribute to good mental health. Good physical and mental health provides a solid foundation for dealing with many of the stresses and pressures that college students face.

Being aware of potential problems, taking preventative measures and knowing where to go for help is vital to avoiding health and safety issues. Doing so allows college students to relax, have fun and most importantly learn.

CDC Health Topics (Immunizations, STDs, and more)
800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
800-662-HELP (4357)
Mental Health Information Center
National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
800-656-HOPE (4673)

To read the full article please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/family/college/

By Courtney Stewart,   8/1/2010