General Health and Wellness

general wellness

Health and Safety Tips for College Students

  • Use sunscreen anytime you will be in the sun. 50% of UC students reported using sunscreen regularly.
  • Wear a seatbelt when riding in a car. 94.5% of UC students reported mostly or always wearing a seatbelt.
  • Utilize campus resources.
  • Public Safety

Social Networking Safety

Would you want your parents, friends or boss to see what’s on your Facebook page? Tips for smart use of social networking websites:

  • Utilize privacy settings so only people who are your friends or only certain friends can see your photos, statuses and information.
  • Don’t approve everyone who wants to be your friend. Think about who you are allowing to see your information.
  • Don’t take photos if you are doing something you wouldn’t want people to see. Don’t post inappropriate photos of yourself or others on the internet. When possible, remove and untag yourself from photos that are inappropriate.

When it comes to finding a job, getting an internship or gaining a leadership position on campus, people are going to be looking at your Facebook page. You don’t want a photo to get in the way. Think about the type of image and person you want to portray yourself as on the internet.

Women’s Health

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives. The best ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer is to lead a healthy life, perform monthly self-breast exams and make regular visits to your OB/GYN. 25.3 % of UC female students reported performing a breast self exam in the last 30 days.

It is suggested that everyone at least by age 21, have regular pelvic exams from an OB/GYN or general practitioner. Some doctors suggest that women should get these exams before the age of 21 if sexually active. Pelvic exams provide an opportunity for women to discuss their sexual and reproductive health with a doctor and to be screened for sexual and reproductive problems. During these exams, a pap test is done to screen for cervical cancer which can be treated and cured if found early. Birth control options are discussed and often testing for sexually transmitted infections. 30.7% of UC female students reported having a routine gynecological exam in the last 12 months.

Men’s Health

Testicular cancer is most common among males ages 15-34.  Monthly self-exams can help detect it early.  Talk to your doctor about risk factors and prevention. 19.6% of UC male students reported performing a testicular self-exam in the last 30 days.

Risky Business: Studies show that college men take more risks than college women. College men are more likely to drive dangerously or recklessly, drive drunk, not use a seatbelt, binge drink, have more sexual partners, have sex while intoxicated, smoke or use drugs, get into physical fights, have unprotected sex, carry weapons, engage in risky work or travel, and not use sunscreen. Additionally, studies show that men only go to the doctor when they are extremely sick causing them to miss out on preventative care.