5 Keys To Staying Healthy On College Campuses

Healthy college living is rarely discussed with college-bound high school students.

After all, there are much more important things to talk about like college application deadlines, college entrance essays, and financial aid forms, right?


Most college bound high school students fail to realize that college campuses are prone to disease, especially during winter months.

Discussing how to stay healthy during college is definitely worth the time and energy.

Here are 5 keys to staying healthy on college campuses:

  • Key # 1 – Get Your Vaccinations

The first thing you should do before heading off to college is see your doctor. In the dorms, you’ll be living with and constantly surrounded by a lot of people.

This is an environment where disease and illness can spread easily, especially when you consider shared resources like community bathrooms and study lounges, so it’s important that you get your vaccinations before move-in day.

  • Key # 2 – Eat Healthy

Sure, eating a greasy hamburger and fries everyday might sound like a great idea, but it’s definitely not the healthiest. All of the different unhealthy food options on campus make eating healthy difficult. Even though you’ll have a pretty hectic schedule, you should try to put together a healthy eating plan.

This plan should include plenty of fruits, veggies, teas, and eggs. These foods are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off those free radicals in body that cause you to get sick.

  • Key # 3 – Get Adequate Sleep

Sleep is so important to our overall health. With all of the homework, sporting events, campus parties, and extracurricular activities, for some college students, sleep is considered to be overrated.

However, not getting the adequate amount of sleep lowers your immune system defense, making it more difficult for your body to fight off viruses.

  • Key # 4 – Exercise Regularly

You should try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in per day. As a college student, I’m sure your brain will be getting plenty of exercise, but probably not the rest of your body. It’s a good idea to make use of all campus facilities, including the gym!

Not only will a workout get the blood circulating through your body and brain, but will also help boost your immune system and ward off the dreaded freshman 15.

  • Key #5 – Drink Lots of Water

Grabbing a soda or bottle of juice will be a natural first choice pick as you pass through the cafeteria on the way to class, but don’t forget about water!

Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to stay hydrated, fight off stress hormones, and keep your body healthy. To make drinking water more convenient, it’s not a bad idea to keep a filled water bottle in your bag at all times.

Always remember, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, so even though following these 5 tips might take some getting used to, your body will thank you later!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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