"Back To School Health: College Edition" - Sheila Dougherty
Going away to college is a rite of passage in a young adult’s life. In addition to embarking on four years of study, students are forming new relationships and picking up new interests. While this new phase of life can be exhilarating, it’s not without challenges. Being on your own for the first time can be a shock to the system. “Students should take standard health precautions. Avoid sharing cups and intimate utensils, such as toothbrushes. Good hand-washing is always important to help prevent the spread of a cold, cough, or congestion. Self-care is important with regular sleep, exercise, and stress reduction,” said John Steever, MD, director of special programs at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He adds that frequent short contact with parents and friends from home can be important.
- John Steever, MD, Director, Special Programs, The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai