Combating the opioid epidemic with substance-free college dorms

The recent untimely death of music icon Prince has refocused our attention on prescription painkillers. But the problem has been a growing one for sometime, even within many colleges and universities. In fact, many university campuses have been trying to help combat the opioid epidemic by offering substance-free college dorms for students struggling with addiction.

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

These so-called “sober dorms” are becoming more popular as use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs have grown. Read more

Your must-know first aid and self defense tips

Like many in the United States, I’ve watched the news coverage of the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016, with dismay. So many lives ended in a short moment, in a space where people believed they were safe—it’s hard to even wrap my head around the terror and sadness.

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

One of the news articles I read that lifted my spirits a bit was the story of a nursing student, Joshua McGill, who was at Pulse and, despite fears for his own life, he stopped to save one of the shooting victims, literally taking his own shirt off his back to stop the other man’s bleeding. Read more

Body image talk: Stop worrying and learn to love your body

Recently I saw singer LeAnn Rimes on the Doctor Oz show talking about her struggles with her body image and how she has been the victim of body shaming. Wow! I never would have thought that someone so talented and good-looking would have a problem with self image.

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But even my hero, Amy Schumer, has gone public about her own struggles. So if your Freshman 15 is still hanging around during your junior year (I’m with you, girl!) we should talk about body image issues. Read more

First aid kit must haves for summer (not so much) fun

When a friend and I went biking, she fell and scraped her shin on a ragged log, causing her leg to bleed profusely. We only had a handkerchief and some tissues to take care of it until we could go to the emergency room. When an injury strikes, you don’t want to wonder what you should do or what supplies you should have on hand.

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

You should be prepared ahead of time by following some simple safety rules so you can have a fun summer. Here are some summer safety tips for preparing a first aid kit and dealing with bug bites and heatstroke. Read more

Busting the myths about what you know about disabled people

The movie Me Before You has managed to tick off both film critics and members of the disabled community and for different reasons. Critics think it’s sappy. Its main character is a quadriplegic man who decides to end his life by assisted suicide. People with disabilities find the film offensive because it follows the Hollywood tradition of portraying the most negative aspects of being disabled, and suicide as its only solution.

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

Allow me now to destroy the myths about being disabled and what college students can learn about how individuals with disabilities cope with it throughout college campuses. Read more

10 best fitness apps to gamify your workout

Here’s my latest workout bummer: I track my exercise with a fitness app I like that has a bunch of cool social features. The problem? Too few of my friends are using the same tracker! It is really hard to compete with my workout pals if we aren’t all on the same app. I realize this is totally in the category of #firstworldproblems, but when it comes to gamification–making life more like a game–I am a complete sucker.

Which fitness apps do you like best? (Credit: Team Radosta)

Which fitness apps do you like best? (Credit: Team Radosta)

If working out feels like a chore, the way it can be for many college students, check out these tips on finding the best apps to gamify your exercise, the best fitness apps for your own training, and the best YouTube workouts for getting fit in your dorm. Read more

How do you workout on campus?

Everyone has that friend on Facebook: the one who’s always trying a new workout or a new cleanse and wants you to start buying Arbonne or go to a BBG meeting. Some of those friends get so involved with the workouts that they get involved as coaches, or as direct sales consultants for the products.

How do you workout on campus? (Credit: Forest Woodward, Getty Images)

How do you workout on campus? (Credit: Forest Woodward, Getty Images)

I’ve gotten into the action on Facebook, posting videos of myself doing the #22pushupchallenge and photos of the 5k obstacle course I just ran. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what’s the best workout for you. Read more

What to know about vaccines for college students

Heading abroad for a summer term? If you’re traveling out of country, or just getting ready for next semester, now might be a good time to check on your immunization record. It’s important for college students to support herd immunity on campus–the more people who get vaccines, the less chance of anyone getting sick.

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

When you live in tight quarters like dorms, it’s really easy for colds (and more serious diseases) to spread around. If you can avoid an illness in college with a simple shot, it’s a no brainer–no one wants to spend finals week (or summer break) down with the measles. Read more

Work-life balance ideas for busy college students

Like most college students you may feel as if graduation is eons away, but it will be here before you know it. Time management skills are more important than ever because there is just so little time to get things done.

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

So I thought it would be a good idea to put together some ideas on how to stay organized, work smart and still find a work-life balance to keep sane. Let me share with you some tips that you can start using now. Read more

Tips on how to have the best nap ever – YES!

If you haven’t heard all the noise about the benefits of napping, well … maybe you already know how to take a nap and don’t need any life hacks to help!

What helps you take the best possible nap? (Credit: Expertrain)

What helps you take the best possible nap? (Credit: Expertrain)

But if you’re as crazed and tired and overwhelmed as most college students, a few how to pointers could make all the difference for you when it comes to sneaking in those all-important naps. Read more