12 Tips for Staying Well This Fall

1. Eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. Eat regularly and avoid skipping meals. Food is energy, which you will need to stay focused.

2. Exercise regularly. One hour a week is helpful, but our bodies really need five or more hours for optimum physical and mental wellness.

3. Get adequate rest.A good night’s sleep allows you to feel refreshed, alert and in good spirits the next day. Know your body and what works best for you.

4. Reduce stress. Incorporate fun activities in your daily routine to keep a positive attitude and maintain a sense of humor.

5. Wash your hands. Soap and water can reduce the risk of passing the common cold virus and other pathogens that may cause illness.

6. Avoid tobacco and drugs. Monitor alcohol use. If you choose to drink, pace yourself and know your limits. Tobacco use and drug misuse can be deadly.

7. Always be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense when walking at night or in unfamiliar areas. Use the Night Owls to get around campus safely in the evenings, call 561-297-6695.

8. Wear seat belts. It’s the law and it will help you stay alive.

9. Protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STI). Abstinence is the only 100% means of protection. If abstinence is not for you, there are many ways to make sex safer. Come by Owls Care Health Promotion for protection and more information about staying safe.

10. Protect your skin. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Reapply as needed.

11. Get a check-up regularly. Keep your immunizations up-to-date. Get regular physicals, STI screenings, dental care and vision exams.

12. In case of illness or injury, seek help. The Campus Police, Victim’s Advocate and Student Health Services are some of the many resources available to you.

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