Tips to stay healthy while in College

Develop healthy eating habits

  • Eat a variety of food from all the food groups- staples, food from animals, fruits, vegetables, nuts & legumes and fats and oils.
  • Always eat breakfast to avoid overeating during the day.
  • Never skip meals.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily.


Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks

  • Beverages with a combination of caffeine and sugar may initially give you a boost but will cause you to crash and feel bad later. To get an energy boost, try eating high-protein and high-fiber foods.

Drink lots of water

  • Staying hydrated can help your concentration.
  • Drinking a lot of water can keep you from overeating.
  • Water replenishes your body.

Exercise daily

  • Join a sports team.
  • Walk to classes, the park, etc.

Get enough sleep

  • Sleep deprivation can lead to reduced brain function, fatigue, headaches and weight loss or weight gain.
  • Develop and stick to a schedule.
  • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages.
  • Avoid eating and drinking immediately before going to bed.

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands before meals.
  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth, or if you’ve been around others who are sick.

Don’t smoke
  • Smoking is a very bad habit that can lead to many illnesses including emphysema and lung cancer.


  • Create a routine and give yourself regular breaks.
  • Identify things you enjoy doing that de-stress you.
  • Spend time with friends and family.



Information provided by Mrs. Tian Palmer-McKoy, College Nurse, EMCVPA

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