Sooner than you may realize, you will be back on campus and back surrounded by lots of people- and lots of germs! Despite the warm weather, many students find themselves feeling ill the first few weeks of school due to the increase of germs in classrooms, dining halls, and close living quarters. Before you shock your immune system back into overdrive, take these last few weeks of summer to get a check-up on your health! As your summer work experiences draw to a close, take a weekday to make an appointment with your primary care physician.
Even though the college years are supposedly peak years for your health, it's still a smart idea to get an annual physical exam. Roughly two-thirds of young adults already have at least one risk factor for coronary heart disease! Early detection and screening allows you to know your risks and start making healthy changes. Physicals also allow you an opportunity to ask your doctor about any concerns or health questions relating to exercise, diet, mental health, or sexual health. And while you're at it, check in with your eye doctor (after all that studying), Ob/Gyn (for your annual Pap), and dentist (to keep those chompers healthy). If you can't squeeze in an appointment with your doctor at home, call ahead to schedule with the Student Health and Wellness Center to keep your health in check. Prevention is the best medicine!