You have worked hard this semester and summer is a time to enjoy fun celebrations and festivals. Preparing for these gatherings is a great way to make sure that you stay healthy before, during, and after these celebrations.
Here are a few suggestions:
Stay Up to Date on Your Sexual Health Care
Visit the Student Health Center, your health care provider or find a health clinic to stay up to date with your sexual health care. Discuss the types of sex you have so that your provider can offer testing and prevention services, including vaccines, that are right for you.
Stay Safe in Hot Weather
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible.
- Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Limit very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
- Replace salts and minerals. A sports drink or food can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
- Know the symptoms of dehydration:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Dry mouth
- Dark-colored urine
- Feeling tired
Be Mindful of Alcohol Intake
If you drink alcohol, health care providers advise limiting how much you drink. This is called drinking in moderation, or responsible drinking. Responsible drinking means more than just limiting yourself to a certain number of drinks. It also means not getting drunk, not drinking and driving, and not letting alcohol control your life, your decisions, or your relationships.
The Student Health Center is open during the summer months. Please call if you have questions, need an appointment, or you are not feeling well.