Three things SU students are most challenged by are that pesky cold that keeps them from class, getting enough sleep to feel rested, and eating healthy on a budget. Here are some ways you can get started and you can always speak with someone in our office to go more in depth.
up 24% over the last 8 years
about 10% more than US college students
Source: Seattle University National College Health Assessment, Undergraduate, 2017
Getting a cold or the flu can keep you from what's most important and prevention really is the best medicine.
Students can stop by Student Center 380 anytime to pick up a Cold and Flu Kit from the Health and Wellness Crew. The kit includes information, tissues, tea, hand sanitizer, disposable thermometers, and more!
Getting a flu vaccine each year is an important step in preventing the flu. The Student Health Center offers it right on campus and many insurance companies will cover the cost at a local pharmacy.
Even if you've never had the flu, getting the vaccine helps those on campus who are unable to be vaccinated by keeping the virus to a minimum.
Covering your cough and washing your hands often is something simple everyone can do to keep germs from spreading.
If you're sick, stay home and rest. And if you've had a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
Good nutrition can be as easy as making a few healthy changes to what you eat and drink.
Try to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily and aim to make them half of each meal.
Try to make half your grains whole grains with choices like rolled oats, brown rice, quinoa, and even popcorn!
Choosing lean proteins like beans, nuts, eggs, chicken, fish, and other lean meats will provide balance to your diet.
With bottle filling stations at most water fountains around campus and free fruit infused waters at most cafes, staying hydrated has never been easier! Choosing water instead of sugary beverages is a healthy and money saving choice.
The university's Food Security Initiatives program is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Students experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to connect with staff to discuss available resources.
Sleep is essential to your wellbeing but sometimes it can be a challenge to get those ZZZs. Here are some tips for a good night's rest:
If you'd like to speak to someone about sleeping better, please contact our office.