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 Tuesday, November 18, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Student Perspective: Sources for students to stay healthy and stress free
by Joanna Nasar, graduate student, Environmental Journalism

Winter break is just around the corner and unfortunately so is cold and flu season. During these last few months of the semester it is important for students to stay healthy and stress free for final examinations. Wardenburg Health Center and the Community Health Resource Center are two great resources available to help keep students healthy.

The Community Health Resource Center, located in room 411 of the UMC, provides free "I bleed black and gold” band-aids, sunscreen and stress management and relaxation resources to students. Another way the center is involved in campus life and health is by handing out free cold care kits that include goodies like herbal tea, instant soup, hand sanitizer and cough drops. In addition, some kits will have coupons to receive free soup or chili from the Alferd Packer Grill.

Community Health Student Coordinator Preston Garland, a senior double majoring in biochemistry and business, thinks the center is a great resource for students. “We cover a wide range of topics, everything from stress to cold and flu," he said. Fellow board member Liza Fryberger, a pre-communications major agrees. “We tend to be very open and willing to talk to people about their health concerns,” said Fryberger.

The student board members agree that one of the best ways to stay well in the winter is to take care of health and manage stress levels. Board members said some of their favorite ways to stay stress free are to get some kind of exercise, take 5-15 minutes to do something fun, listen to relaxing music, talk to friends, take a nap and use a planner to manage time

More stress reduction resources are available at the Community Health Resource Center. Also, students can get free 5-minute massages and make aromatherapy oils at the center’s “Havens.”

Students can catch a cold despite their best efforts to stay healthy and that means it's time to pay a visit to Wardenburg Health Center. Wardenburg has an easily navigable website full of useful information that will get students back on their feet as quickly as possible including a student-specific service to schedule appointments online with Online Student Health. Time crunched students can fill out necessary forms online before their appointment. Students should arrive 15 minutes before the appointment time and bring their Buff OneCard to check in.

Wardenburg’s savvy website also includes Health Links, a useful health reference page that is not meant as a substitute for seeing a health care provider but rather to add to students' knowledge base. For example, students can read more about flu and find links to on-campus resources like the Women’s Resource Center.

Remember to take care this winter and use these campus resources designed to keep CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff healthy.

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