Here’s how you can help your college student stay healthy on campus

You may feel helpless when your son or daughter heads off to college because you won’t be there to make sure he or she stays healthy. Who will make him soup? Who will make sure she wears a coat when it’s cold?

Before your son or daughter takes off, there are several reminders you can pass along to help him or her stay healthy. College Parents of America offers several reminders: 

  • Wash your hands
  • Don’t leave your toothbrush lying around in a shared bathroom
  • Don’t share towels, soap, cups, pillows
  • Keep your room clean (or relatively clean)
  • Disinfect once in awhile on those common surfaces like doorknobs and light switches
  • Stay away from sick people
  • Go to the health center if you’re sick
  • Get some sleep
  • Make healthy food choice (no, cheese balls can’t be counted as dairy)
  • Get some exercise
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Practice safe sex or abstain 
  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol

In addition to encourage healthy habits, you should also gather all of your son or daughter’s medical history in one place in case he or she ever needs medical treatment.

You should also sit down with your student to explain the health insurance coverage that he or she has because students typically don’t know or care about it – until they need to know, that is. Make sure that he/she has a copy of the insurance card and carries it on a wallet or purse so he/she will have it if it’s needed.

Stay tuned. More is on the way.

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