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The Dangers of Teen Tanning

With summer approaching, young people across the country will begin preparing for fun in the sun. While some focus on obtaining a “beach ready” body, many young men and women desire to have a sun-kissed complexion. Going to tanning salons for a quick UV fix is not uncommon, but holds serious health risks that most young people brush off.

Surveys have concluded that while young people are aware of the risks of tanning, the desire to have a tan outweighs the known dangers. In a study done by the American Academy of Dermatology, 92 percent of those surveyed said they knew how dangerous tanning was, but 65 percent admitted they still feel better when they have a tan. With skin cancer being the most prevalent form of cancer among Americans, the risks are not a joke and many states are passing tanning related legislation to force teen skin safety.

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Half of Depressed Teens Relapse Within Five Years

A recent study found that half of the teens who were successfully treated for depression have a relapse within five years of recovery. What is causing young people to continuously experience major depression? The majority of the subjects who relapsed were female and it could be because young women in their teens and twenties have a tendency to harbor negative feelings. More studies need to be done before any real conclusion is obtained because depression is a complicated issue. It’s causes are intertwined in genetics, personality and circumstance.

Depression comes in many forms and it’s vital to understand that being depressed doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you. Keep in mind that it’s nearly winter and ’tis the season also means that Seasonal Affective Disorder is ready to rear its head again. Shorter days mean lack of sunlight, which can contribute to depression for a lot of people. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Foods to Beat Exam Stress

It’s just about that time of the semester when finals are looming, papers are piling up and there is that constant pressure to bump up your GPA.

When exam times rolls around, it’s quite common for students to react to the stress and hours of sitting and studying by eating. From potato chips to pretzels, a bag of M&Ms to a box of graham crackers, munching, stress and studying go hand in hand.

Using food as way to deal with the stress of school probably won’t land you a better grade, but it may very well land you a tighter squeeze into your skinny jeans. Read the rest of this entry »

Flu Prevention Tips for College Students

sickClose living quarters, shared bathrooms, cafeteria-style meals: the daily routine of a college student is a breeding ground for germs to spread. Since flu season is just upon us, it is important for college kids to reduce their risk for contracting this debilitating illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 10 to 20 percent of people in the United States get the flu each season. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized by flu complications, and about 36,000 people actually die from the flu.

For college students, being sidelined by the flu not only means serious aches and pains, but it also means missed days of classwork and homework, not to mention no Friday night frat parties for a few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season on Campus

sneezeCold and flu season is here. Amidst balancing school, work and a much needed social life, cold and flu viruses run rampant on college campuses. No one wants to sit next to the sick girl (or guy) in chemistry, let alone, play drinking games with her.

Here are some ways to fight off illness and shorten its lifespan when you do get sick.

  1. If you don’t already have it, consider the cost of getting health insurance. In the event of a major illness, you’ll be glad you have it! Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Students Must Get Meningitis Shot Before Moving On Campus

syringeIf you are going to be attending college in the state of Texas this school year, you need a meningitis shot before you can move into your on-campus apartment or dorm room.

There is a new state law in Texas that all entering freshmen have to have this shot prior to moving into their dorm rooms. Unfortunately, despite the many efforts of colleges in Texas to get this information to their incoming students, several of them still have not gotten their shots, and are unable to move to campus until they have provided the documentation showing they have received it. Aside from getting the shot, there is also a 10 day incubation period that all students must go through, which means that even if you get the shot four days before you’re supposed to move in, you still will not be allowed into the dorms until day 10.

Schools have made every attempt to stay on top of reminding students about getting their shot. They have enclosed reminders in acceptance letters, made mention of the law during orientation, sent out emails and letters and even made phone calls to students’ homes. Some of the major schools affected by this new law include University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin. Unfortunately, students have still been falling short on getting their shots. North Texas has the highest number of students without shots at eight percent. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stay Classy and Safe While Drinking

women drinkingAfter an exhausting week of classes, it’s time to unwind. How do most college students relax on a Friday night? For me, it usually includes hanging out with my friends, a few glasses of wine, and a couple of parties. For others, it’s slamming shots, chugging beers and waking up the next morning not entirely sure of how you got home.

Now, I am not saying that all college students are complete drunkards, but the fact is, most college students drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol is a part of the college experience, but that doesn’t mean that you should drink yourself under the table: it’s just not classy.  Here are my tried and true tips for not getting too drunk and maintaining some of your dignity:

Eat something before you drink. You do not need to stuff yourself, but try to eat a little something before you start drinking. Carbohydrates and healthy fats, like mixed nuts or a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, are your best bet. Eating will slow down the rate your body absorbs the alcohol into your blood stream, and will help you better control the amount you consume. Read the rest of this entry »

20 Easy Campus Life Health Tips

A college education isn’t necessarily good for your health. Between stress, deadlines, easy access to junk food, and lots of alcohol, students don’t always take care of themselves. For a healthier lifestyle, here are some simple tips to incorporate into your everyday life on campus. Don’t worry—you don’t have to do all of these—but by mixing some of these ideas into your routine, you’ll improve your health little by little.

Bike around campus whenever possible.

  1. Walk or bike whenever possible. (This saves money on gas too!)
  2. Avoid eating pizza and other goodies in the middle of the night.
  3. Work in exercise by taking a physical education class.
  4. Carry around a water bottle.
  5. Eat breakfast every day, even if it’s just a piece of a fruit or a quick bowl of cereal.
  6. Make time to schedule in regular doctor and dentist appointments.
  7. Try to keep exams and other stress in perspective–the consequences of failure probably aren’t as dire as you think!
  8. As much as possible, stick to a regular sleep schedule. Remember, sleep needs to be a priority, no matter what.
  9. Carry healthy snacks in your backpack, like fruit or healthful snack bars.
  10. If you eat at a campus dining hall, limit consumption of soda. Drink lots of water, along with moderate servings of milk and juice.
  11. Keep in mind that binge drinking is as bad for your waistline as it is for the rest of your body.
  12. Don’t use exams and other stressful academic times as an excuse to pig out– at least not too much!
  13. Limit fast food consumption. It’s quick, easy, and cheap when you’re a student, but don’t overdo it.
  14. Look for healthier fast food alternatives around campus, like a snack cart that sells hummus and pita, or a sub shop that sells healthier sandwiches.
  15. Deal with stress with brisk walks or jogs.
  16. As much as possible, try to stick to regular meal times.
  17. Don’t be shy about using the campus mental health center if you need someone to talk to, or need more serious help.
  18. Get a flu shot, as college campuses are full of people in close proximity and all of their germs.
  19. If you use dorm showers, be sure to wear flip flops to protect your feet.
  20. Never cut down on calories so you can consume more alcohol.


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