(HealthDay News) -- College is an exciting time. For many
students, it's their first extended stint living away from mom and
But the stress of maintaining good grades, living on a limited
income, and getting along with roommates can take its toll,
mentally and physically.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these
suggestions for staying healthy at college:
Get regular medical checkups and vaccinations.
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to bad grades,
depressed mood, and difficulty maintaining relationships. It also
raises your risk of chronic problems including diabetes and heart
Make time for regular exercise.
Eat a healthy diet.
Don't ignore symptoms of depression.
Don't abuse drugs or alcohol.
Take precautions to prevent sexually transmitted disease.
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