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Winter Wellness — A Note from our Wellness Center

Published on Nov 13, 2018.
It’s tough for college students to keep healthy and germ free at school. Crowded dorms and classrooms, a lack of sleep, stress, and a poor diet can add up to a cold or flu. Parents of college students often feel helpless when their students are sick and away at college. And cold and flu season plus midterms and finals equals stressed out, under-the-weather students. Besides reminding your student to rest enough, consider the following items you can send in a package:
  • Vitamins - Send Echinacea, vitamin C, zinc and other multi-vitamins to help ward off sickness and build up the immune system.
  • Tea - Nothing soothes a sore throat better than a warm cup of tea with honey. Look for chamomile or ginger tea to help your student sleep.
  • Basic Medicine - Chances are, you know remedies for specific maladies better than your student, who is sick for (possibly) the first time away from you. Include your preferred over-the-counter solutions for fevers, colds, coughs, sore throats, headaches and nausea.
  • Soup - When you can’t cook your student a warm meal, shipping a can of soup is the next best thing. Also include any other favorite comfort foods that ship well.
  • Comfort Items - Send a pair of fuzzy slippers, warm socks, a DVD set of your student’s favorite TV show or new pajamas. College students on a budget may sacrifice quality to save money, so send your student the good stuff: ultra-soft tissues with lotion or moisturizers.
  • Antibacterial Tools - Help your student stop the spread of germs by providing him with antibacterial wipes and hand gel, so they can clean their room or apartment and keep germs away throughout the season.
  • Doctor Information - If your student doesn’t already have a doctor in his college town, do some of the research for them. Make sure they have an insurance card, and find out what local doctors take that insurance and are accepting new clients. E-mail the doctor’s contact information and a nearby pharmacy, so setting up an appointment is only a phone call away.
The Wellness Center is here to help students with Health & Counseling services (both services are free of charge to our students).
  • Counseling services are provided by licensed clinical counselors or supervised counseling interns. Our counselors help students with everything across the mental health spectrum including: home sickness, academic stress, social stress, grief and loss, and on-going mental health issues.
  • Health services are provided by our own Dr. Bryon Hemphill.

Hoping for a healthy, successful college experience for your student!

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