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Staying Healthy in College

For Parents and Family

  • Make a plan. This is an exciting but stressful time. A plan will help to decrease the anxiety and stress that is involved with starting a new life chapter.
  • It is important to know your health insurance information. What area hospital and providers are covered by your insurance? Where can you fill prescriptions?
  • Help your son or daughter locate the local Emergency Room and Urgent Care.
  • Keep in contact. Talk about both academics and their social life on a regular basis.
  • Make sure your student is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. Fill out the form prior to admission, PDF iconupdated_student_health_record.doc.

For Students

  • Stress and Anxiety are some of the biggest health related problems reported by students.
    • Don’t skip classes and try to stay caught up in class.
    • Set aside time for yourself.
    • Get your sleep, exercise and eat right.
    • Don’t procrastinate.
    • Stay organized.
    • Deep breathe or get a massage.
    • Talk to people about your stress.
    • Use the resources available on campus if you are starting to become stressed out or fall behind. (Academic Advisor, ARC, Counciling Services)
  • Exercise, check out the Mathy Center.
  • Stop the spread of illness.
    • Wash your hands.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze.
    • Don't share cups/utensils/toothbrushes/waterbottles.
    • Don't skip meals.
    • Keep some healthy snacks in your backpack.
  • Learn how to get enough Sleep
    • Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
    • Turn off/down the brightness of electronics an hour before going to bed. The light can disrupt your ability to fall asleep.
    • Try to only use your bed for sleep and not lounging.
    • Try to keep regular sleep patterns.
    • Get into a routine before bed.
    • Exercise at least 5 hours before bed. Don't Exercise 2 hours before bed.
    • Try not to nap longer then an hour or close to bedtime.
    • Avoid Alcohol, Nicotine, and Caffeine at least 5 hours before bed.
    • Avoid all nighters.
  • Locate Viterbo Health Services on campus. Student Development Center Room 3.
  • Know where to locate the local Emergency Room and Urgent Care.
  • Participate in on campus health events
    • Lunch N learn.
    • Community Health fair.
    • Mathy Center Wellness Programs.
  • Alcohol use.
    • Remember that Not Everyone Drinks
      • The perception is that everyone is drinking but Viterbo’s Statistics show 14.2% don’t drink.
      • Close to 80% drink 3-5 days in a month or less.
    • Participate in VU After Dark activities, for an alcohol free alternative.
  • Viterbo Safety Tips.
    • Keep your VITNET contact information up-to-date.
    • Check VU Today everyday for what's happening on campus.

What to Bring to Stay Healthy in College

  • Know your health insurance. Have the information accessible. Know where your insurance covers locally.
  • A small first aid kit can come in handy.
  • Bring and use a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Consider taking a Multi Vitamin.
  • A humidifier, especially for the winter and in the residence halls.
  • Nonslip shower footwear.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • If you take prescription Medication bring a lock box for safe storage.
  • Bring some general medications
    • Ibuprofen
    • Tylenol
    • Cold and Cough medicine
Contact Sue Danielson, RN at Health Services at (608)-796-3806 for any questions.