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6 Tips for UCSD College Students

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     1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle starting with diet and exercise. In 2007-2010, 
23% of young adults ages 18-24 were obese. The amount of food you need to eat from each food group depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. Follow an eating plan with correct portions of the basic food groups. Also be aware that beverages may be adding extra calories. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week.

     Visit The Zone at UCSD to participate in FREE fitness classes hosted by our FitLife instructors, and check out Recreation and head to RIMAC to workout or try out FitLife classes!

     2. Sexual assault is a particular problem on college campuses. One in five women have been sexually assaulted while in college and 80 % of female victims experience their first rape before the age of 25. Students should know their rights, and seek help immediately if they or someone they know is the victim of violence.

     The Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) offers workshops on violence prevention for the entire UCSD campus and provides free and confidential services for students impacted by violence, with a focus on survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

     3. Sexually transmitted infections can be prevented. They are also treatable, and many are curable. Half of all new sexually transmitted diseases occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years. College students and others who are sexually active should get tested to know their status andprotect themselves and their sexual partners. Abstinence, not having sex, is the most reliable way to avoid infection.

     Visit Student Health Services (SHS) at UCSD to get tested or attend a Sexual Health Info Session to find out more information!

     4. Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men over a short period of time. About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks. Binge drinking is a factor that increases your chances for risky sexual behavior, unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, car crashes, violence, and alcohol poisoning.  Get the facts about alcohol use and health and learn what you can do to prevent binge drinking.

     Check out UCSD Health Promotion’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) website for more information!

     5. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases like cancer, and heart and respiratory diseases. In 2012, 17.3% of adults ages 18-24 were cigarette smokers. Encourage college students to quit smoking, and avoid starting during these important years. Hear tips from former smokers.  

     UCSD is proud to be a Smoke and Tobacco-Free campus. Click here for more information on how to quit or if you have any questions about the policy. 

     6. Managing stress and maintaining good balance is important for college students. A few ways to manage stress are to get enough sleep, avoid drugs and alcohol, connect socially, and seek help from a medical or mental health professional, including if depressed or experiencing distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 24 years. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

     Visit UCSD’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) which provides FREE, confidential, psychological counseling and crisis services for registered UCSD students or The Zone which is a lounge for student well-being and participate in fun and healthy programs like craft-making workshops and free chair massages to help you relax and de-stress.

If you or a friend is struggling with a health or safety problem, you can:

  1. Talk to someone you trust for support.
  2. Visit Student Health Services or local clinic or hospital.
  3. Contact the campus or community police (858-534-HELP) if your or someone else’s safety is threatened

Source: CDC

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