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4 Ways Women Can Make Their Health a Priority, Even in College

Categories: College Life

You’ve probably heard the stories about the “Freshman Fifteen.” It’s been said that Ramen and pizza are the staples of the college kid diet. You know friends who have stayed up days in a row to finish a paper during Dead Week, leaving them to truly look like zombies. While some may say this is the beauty of college and just a way of life, it’s important that you realize it doesn’t have to be. There are alternatives to living the typical college student lifestyle. If your health is something you’re not looking to compromise this semester, check out these tips on how you can eat well and stay in shape in college!

Embrace Healthy Options

Your university is filled with diversity. This includes diverse meal options and physical activities. Yes, you will see pizza, mozzarella sticks, and french fries throughout your dining hall, but you’ll also find fruit, salads, wheat wraps, sushi, and gluten-fee and vegan options! It’s just a matter of picking the healthy choice over the not-so-healthy choice. Your college probably has a gym and a pool. There are places you can walk to. There are dance classes and sports teams you can take part in. Do some searching on your campus to see what you can use to improve your lifestyle!

Manage Your Time

There are students who stay up all night to finish a paper, but there are also students who have gotten eight hours of sleep every night all through college. Often times, those who are left studying until the sun comes up struggle with time management. You can get plenty of rest by making sure you’re not overloading your schedule and using the time you have wisely. Instead of studying for hours days before an exam, reread your notes every night before you go to bed, or while you’re waiting for class to start. Avoid wasting minutes playing Words with Friends when there’s something more productive you could be doing instead. If you’ve got a good grasp on your schedule, you’ll be able to make sleep a priority.

Use Services on Campus

Your campus has a doctor’s office, a counseling center, and maybe even STD testing. As you’ve already paid for these services with your tuition, you may as well use them! If you’re not feeling well, take the time to see a doctor instead of shrugging off your stuffy nose for weeks. If you’re having trouble dealing with a personal issue, make an appointment with the counseling center before you’re there with a panic attack. Keep your physical and mental health in check. If you’re not feeling well, take care of the problem sooner rather than later.

Find Healthy Friends

It’s easier to make healthy decisions when you’re in the company of others who are making healthy decisions! Find a workout buddy. Go to dinner with friends who value eating well. Pick a roommate who values their sleep.

 

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10 Colleges with the Best Health Services

With all the excitement of your college search, it’s difficult to have the foresight that you might wind up under the weather a few times during your college career.

Without your usual network of chicken soup providers not around you, getting to know your university’s health services before you’re actually in dire need, is a smart idea. Take a visit to the university’s student health services facility so you can, for one thing, know where exactly it’s located on campus, and also how it works.

Here’s a list, according to the Princeton Review, of the top ten colleges with the best health services:

1. University of California – Los Angeles
Quick fact: Located near Hollywood, the UCLA campus has been featured in countless films including Legally Blonde, Old School, The Nutty Professor, Erin Brockovich, and American Pie 2.

2. Whitman College
Quick fact: Whitman College is located in Walla Walla, Washington, which is kinda super really fun to say.

3. West Point
Quick fact: The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to tons of historic sites, buildings, and monuments.

4. University of Texas Austin
Quick fact: Austin has the largest urban bat population in America. So watch out for vampires [insert spooky noises].

5. Pennsylvania State University
Quick fact: The university’s total enrollment in 2009-10 was approximately 94,300 across its 24 campuses.

6. Georgia Institute of Technology
Quick fact: The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States.

7. University of Pittsburgh
Quick fact: Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, Pitt is among a select group of universities and colleges established in the 18th century in the United States.

8. Susquehanna University
Quick fact: Nearly 20 percent of the undergraduate student population is active in Greek life on campus.

9. University of Georgia
Quick fact:  As a member of the Southeastern Conference, the University of Georgia Bulldogs have won thirty-seven national championships and 130 conference championships.

10. University of Florida 
Quick fact: The university is the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States by student population.

Do college students pay enough attention to their health? What’s your opinion? Leave a comment below!