That time of year is quickly approaching– winter. Along with winter comes cold and flu season. It is hard to stay away from germs when you are one student of thousands using UNK’s facilities daily.
UNK Health Care has been seeing students with a wide variety of illnesses.
“We have seen lots of stomach flu, and there has been one positive case of influenza. Other common sicknesses include mono, sinus infections and colds. Many students have also been treated for a variety of allergies,” said Sue Pedersen, UNK Health Care RN.
As students begin to notice changes in their health, it is important to make sure you are taking care of yourself to avoid getting sick.
Pedersen’s biggest piece of advice is to get plenty of sleep and take care of your body. “Rest is very important. Eat well and get exercise,” Pedersen said.
To fight off illnesses, keep a consistent bedtime routine. Keep yourself healthy by eating three servings of vegetables each day and two servings of fresh fruit. Eat whole grains when you can, and make sure you’re getting at least two servings of milk or yogurt everyday.
You can also consider getting a flu shot. You can get a flu shot at UNK Health Care or from your regular doctor.
The end of the semester is approaching, and assignments keep piling up. But keeping yourself organized can help you reduce the level of stress. “Try to reduce the level of stress in your life,” Pedersen said. “Do your best to stay away from close contact with individuals that are sick.”
Wash your hands with hot, soapy water, especially before each meal. Make sure to scrub your hands for at least 60 seconds. Consider washing your hands often when you are on campus.
Taking a multi-vitamin each day is one of the simplest things you can do to stay healthy, and drinking extra fluids when you are sick will help the illness pass through your system more quickly.
Don’t become a victim of germs and regret it. It is time to take better care of yourself, and make sure you can get your assignments done without feeling under the weather.