A College Student’s Back to School Health Checklist

A College Student’s Back to School Health Checklist

You’ve done your back to school shopping and moved into your new dorm or apartment.  You’ve gone through your mental checklists to prepare. The fall semester is starting, and with it opportunities to start healthy new habits.  But before the semester becomes too busy, there are a few things you can do for your health now to take a whole lot more off your plate later:

Find a local health clinic or doctor’s office where you can go for non-urgent health care services. Schools often have health services available on campus, so check in with your student service center on local options. While you’re there, you can get your flu shot and make sure you’re up to date on your immunizations and other preventive health services.

Find a local urgent care and emergency room. Accidents and sudden sickness happen. You want to know where to go during emergencies before you find yourself or your friend in the middle of one.

Schedule your annual appointments with your primary doctor, dentist and eye doctor. Don’t let these important check ups fall by the wayside. If you happen to go to school far from home, make sure to schedule ahead of time. Breaks fill up quickly because everyone else is trying to get in.

Know what’s covered and how much you’re going to pay for health care visits. When it comes to cost, nobody likes surprises. If you’re a Blue Cross member, you can log into bcbsm.com to check your coverage and figure out how much you’ll have to pay for health care visits and services ahead of time.

Keep your insurance card handy. Whether it’s a physical card in your wallet or the virtual ID card on your phone, make sure it’s easily accessible. You’ll save yourself time and energy by having the information upfront when you see a new doctor. Billing can become a hassle when you have to circle back after your visit.

Build a first aid kit. Nothing is worse than dragging yourself to the pharmacy when you’re starting to feel ill or have a scraped knee. Here’s a starter list:

    • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
    • Antacids
    • Thermometer
    • Bandaids & gauze in several sizes
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Calamine lotion
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Eye wash
    • Heat & ice packs
    • Cold & cough medicines
    • Cough drops
    • Flu medication

College is a new atmosphere, exposing you to new friends, new culture, new food… and new germs. Be sure to check in with your body and manage your stress levels to keep happy and healthy as you make the transition.

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Photo Credit: Bill Couch

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