The holidays are times to gather, to celebrate, to give thanks and reflect. They should also be a time to protect yourself and the health of others. With final exams coming soon enough, and amid the stress and pleasures of the holidays, the Student Health Center encourages you to follow these tips to stay safe and healthy.
One of the best ways to stop the spread of flu viruses is keeping your hands clean.
- Wash your hands often. Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways you can avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
- Practice respiratory etiquette. Covering your coughs and sneezes helps prevent spreading germs.
- Stay warm in cold temperatures. Bundle up.
- Manage stress. Balance work, home, fun, and spending. Establish good study habits. Holidays are great times to get support from family and friends to relax.
Fruits and vegetables bring a cornucopia of benefits to your diet.
- Travel safely and drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive, or allow anyone to do so. Always buckle up!
- Get check-ups and vaccinations. Use free time during the holidays to make medical visits and get vaccinations.
- Prevent fire and injuries. Keep candles away from children, pets, trees and other flammable objects.
- Handle and prepare foods safely. If food isn’t cooked, stored and/or handled correctly, people can become ill with food poisoning, colds, flu and other conditions.
- Eat healthy and be active. Eat with balance and moderation and remain active. Limit your portion sizes and avoid eating foods high in fat and sugar.
Source: Office of Public Affairs - Spotlight
Funded by a three-year $900,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, California State University, Los Angeles will launch an HIV and substance abuse prevention program titled “Project Choice-CSULA.”
Coordinated by the Rehabilitation Counseling Education Program housed in the University’s Charter College of Education, this training program is designed to prepare college students for outreach immersion into their surrounding communities as trained Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) or Veteran Health Advocates (VHAs).
“We will begin working in collaboration with community partner, Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc., to increase knowledge and awareness of alcohol, drug and HIV issues, high risk behaviors, attitudes and perceptions among the target population,” said CSULA Professor Frances W. Siu, project coordinator.
Project Choice-CSULA’s primary focus is aimed at Hispanic/Latino young adults with special emphasis on veterans and people with disabilities. The project expects to reach about 1,000 individuals in the first year, 1,500 within the second year, and 2,500 during the last year of the grant period.