5 Tips for Staying Healthy in College

College is one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life.  Suddenly you have more freedom, the opportunity to explore new ideas and make new friends.  Plus, no one is telling you when to go to bed!  Yet with all of this newfound freedom and excitement, it is easy to let your health fall by the wayside. As a young adult cancer survivor, now is the time to make sure that you make your health a priority, and keep it that way.

Here are five great ways to make sure that you stay on top of your game:

1. Repeat after me: “An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure.” Wash your hands, get a good night sleep, take your vitamins, eat lots of fruit and vegetables…You’ve heard it all before, I know. But repeat after me, and chances are you will stay away from that weird campus infirmary.

2. Get a flu shot. College campuses are breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria.  Getting a flu shot, (and did I mention regularly washing your hands?) is the best way to avoid throwing up on your roommate’s futon.

3. Say “Aw.” As a young adult cancer survivor it is critical that you keep up with your routine check-ups. If you have a new physician, make sure to communicate concerns or questions to her.  If she is unable to answer your questions, seek out an alternative health care provider.

4. Get moving. Exercise boosts your immune system and prevents the dreaded “freshman fifteen”.  If that isn’t enough motivation to get you off the couch, exercise also is proven to boost feelings of wellness, reduce stress and contributes to a good night’s sleep.

5. Stay connected. Feeling lonely and homesick are common for many freshman students.  Depression and suicidal thoughts are not. Reach out to family and friends, or find a trusted professional to talk with.  Remember to stay connected to your young adult survivorship support groups, or join ours!

Follow these tips and chances are you will have a Fun, Happy and Healthy Freshman Year!

~Jamie Corder, CCC Executive Director


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