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Health & Wellness

Staying Healthy at UMass Amherst

  • Get enough sleep – Most students need eight hours a night. Sleep helps your learning, memory, immunity and mood. Get to bed at a regular hour, avoid all-nighters and take a nap when you’re short on sleep.

  • Eat healthy – Food fuels the brain and body, and your choices make all the difference. UHS’ nutritionist can help with weight management, sports nutrition, food allergies, diabetes and other issues.

  • Exercise – It’s a great way to relieve stress, socialize, feel good about your body and stay or get in shape. Consider intramurals, fitness centers and campus recreational facilities – even walking around campus or into town counts!

  • Reduce your risk – If you choose to drink, keep it to one or less per hour. Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Have something to eat. Don’t mix alcohol and other drugs, even over-the-counter ones. Get a confidential drinker’s checkup at BASICS.

  • Get immunized– Make sure you’ve had required immunizations before you come to school, and get a flu vaccination each year.

  • Have fun and socialize – Life is about balance. Meet new people. Join a club or RSO. Color outside the lines. Stretch yourself to try new things.

  • Stay smoke-free – Smoking is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States – don't start. If you do smoke and want to quit, our tobacco cessation specialists can help.

  • Protect yourself – Lock your doors, carry a cell phone and let someone know where you are.

  • Ask for help – We all get overwhelmed at times. If you feel down, stressed, homesick or are wondering where your life is going, talk to a friend, family member, professor or a mental health professional.

Ask questions!

Most of us are pretty comfortable asking questions when we want to learn more ... unless they're about our healthcare. But being an active, informed consumer is the best way to ensure that you and your loved ones receive high-quality care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website suggests 10 questions everyone should be asking at healthcare visits. There's even a tool so you can create your own custom question list. Check it out at Questions are the Answer.