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Student Health Services

 

personal wellness . . . leads to academic success

  One Hallmark of a UC Merced education is an emphasis on Wellness

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Our Mission

The mission of the Health Services is to help each student strive for maximum physical and emotional health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at the university. Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality primary health care, in combination with health education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.

Goals

  • Provide accessible, timely primary care that is personalized, confidential and cost-effective.
  • Educate students, emphasizing health promotion, healthy lifestyles, and lifelong disease prevention.
  • Promote a campus community that provides a supportive environment for students to pursue personal wellness.
  • Foster an environment to teach life-long learning skills to students to be active participants in their health and wellness.

Prevention Priorities

  • Prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.
  • Prevent infectious and communicable diseases.
  • Prevent unintended pregnancies.
  • Reduce tobacco use.
  • Reduce alcohol use, especially among minors.
  • Reduce other substance abuse.
  • Reduce injuries.
  • Promote fitness, nutrition and weight control.
  • Promote immunization and routine health maintenance evaluations.

Maintaining Wellness

Attending UCM is about more than just taking academic courses.  While your intellect is being broadened and developed, it is important that you nurture your physical and mental health to maintain balance and wellness.

Be physically active.

Structure your time so that you have at least 30 minutes per day for recreational activity.  This will help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your physical and emotional well-being, and reduce tension.  The UCM campus has athletic facilities for student use. Remember, when exercising outdoors, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

Eat well.

Always have breakfast, and eat foods that are low in fat.  Choose most of the foods you eat from plant sources (breads, cereals, rice, pasta or beans), and select five more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Remember to take time to socialize and relax with others during your meals.

Reduce stress.

Be sure to obtain seven to nine hours of sleep per night.  If you find yourself in a stressful situation, ask others how you can best manage it.  Get involved in student organizations, clubs and activities available on campus.  Maintain your sense of humor.  Understand how others impact your mental and emotional health.  Discuss your feelings with others, including family, friends and health professionals at Student Health, or at Psychological & Counseling Services where services are free and confidential.

 

Maintain high self esteem.

Make intelligent choices and take responsibility for your health.  Focus on developing friendships.  There are numerous social and volunteer activities available at UCM.  Participate and broaden your experiences while increasing feelings of self-worth and creating new friendships.

Don't smoke.

Smokers have three times greater chance of dying from heart disease and 25 times greater chance of developing lung cancer.  Smokers suffer from an increased incidence of asthma, allergy and sinus disease, sleep disturbances, stomach problems, and numerous other diseases.  If you are a current smoker, contact the Student Health Service for assistance in quitting.  UC Merced is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.

Don't use drugs and avoid alcohol.

The greatest risk to your life is related to the use of drugs or alcohol, which impede judgement and motor skills.  50% of all driving fatalities are attributed to alcohol use.  Being under the influence of these substances may also put you at risk for an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.  Psychological & Counseling Services can help you change your behavior.