- Eat a healthy diet
rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish, and complex carbohydrates.
Limit simple sugars, fried foods, processed meats, and salty foods.
- Exercise regularly.
Five hours of aerobic exercise per week is recommended for cardiovascular
fitness, weight control, and prevention of diabetes and heart disease.
It also helps improve mood, concentration, and sleep.
- Avoid alcohol.
Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks
for men at one sitting. Alcohol increases high-risk behavior and
impairs judgment. Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or
ride with someone who has been drinking.
- Avoid illicit drugs.
Marijuana is known as the “stepping stone” drug because most people who use
pot regularly will “move up” to other drugs. Pot also increases
high-risk behavior, impairs judgment, and impairs driving ability.
Never drive or ride with someone who has been smoking pot.
- Get plenty of rest.
Older adolescents and young adults need at least 8 hours of sleep every
night. It is not possible to “catch up” on sleep missed by pulling an
all-nighter. It is best to go to bed and get up at the same time every
day and avoid exercise, eating, and drinking caffeine right before going to
- Shower or bathe
everyday with antibacterial soap and wear deodorant. Living in close
quarters with other people requires proper hygiene. This will help
avoid body odor and skin infections that can occur in people who do not
- Wear a seatbelt every
time you ride in a car. Whether you are the driver or passenger, you
need to wear a seatbelt. Most deaths from car accidents occur when
someone is ejected from the car. Seat belts prevent ejection and will
save your life!
- Never walk alone at
night on campus. Even during the day, it is safer to walk with
someone. If there is no one to walk with, call campus security for an
escort at any time.
- Never leave your drink
unattended at a bar or party. That gives someone the perfect
opportunity to put something in your drink, such as the date-rape drug.
- If you drink alcohol,
do not drink excessively or to the point of drunkenness. Date-rape and
other sexual/physical abuse often occur when the victim or abuser is under
the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Use a condom every
time you have sex, even if you are on birth control. Condoms can
provide protection from most sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV,
Hepatitis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. They do not always protect you
from herpes, warts, and syphilis. Abstinence from sex is the best
protection from STDs and pregnancy.
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