Student Health Services

Healthy Lifestyles

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to your academic success at CSU Channel Islands. The following links will take you to more information that may help you achieve your personal goals:

 

Nutrition

Going to college is a time of change and students sometimes eat in response to anxiety, homesickness and stress. Take a smart approach to your diet in order to help maintain a healthy body. Here are some tips on what to do:

  • Avoid eating when stressed, while studying, or while watching TV.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Drink plenty of water; it’s easy to confuse hunger with thirst.
  • Eat at regular times and try not to skip meals.
  • Keep snacking to a minimum.
  • Choose a mix of nutritious foods.
  • Pick lower-fat options when you can.
  • Watch the size of your portions.
  • Resist going back for additional servings.
  • Steer clear of vending machines and fast food.
  • Keep healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables on hand in your room.
  • Replace empty-calorie soft drinks with water or skim milk.

For more information on nutrition and diet, take advantage of the following tools:

You can also call Student Health Services at (805) 437-8828 to make an appointment with one of our providers if you need personalized counseling on nutrition.

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Exercise

Exercise is not only a great way to manage your overall physical health but it also helps to reduce stress. Take note of the following tips for success:

  • Choose activities you enjoy!
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
  • Activity can be divided up into 10 -minute intervals and still counts.
  • A combination of aerobic and strengthening exercises is best.
  • Weight-bearing exercise helps strengthen bones, and prevents osteoporosis (brittle bones).
  • Walking is great exercise. Take advantage of this beautiful campus and walk around to satisfy your exercise needs!

The CI Recreation Center is a great resource for achieving your physical activity goals. They offer physical activities in seven categories: health and fitness, informal recreation, instructional programs, intramural and extramural sports, outdoor adventures/waterfront, sports clubs and special events. Contact the Rec Center for more information on their programs.

 

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Fatigue & Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a common and significant condition among college students. Students who are working and studying long hours experience episodes of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can lead to difficulty concentrating and difficulty in making decisions, and can aggravate depression. Students who do not get enough sleep are at risk for problems such as automobile crashes, poor grades and poor school performance. Eating well, being physically active and getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your well-being.

Action steps

  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day – even on the weekends.
  • Review your class, work, study, and play schedules. See what changes need to be made to ensure you get eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything that might distract you from sleep, such as noise, television, computer or bright lights.
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. The stimulating effects of caffeine in coffee, colas, teas, and chocolate can take as long as eight hours to wear off fully.

You can also call Student Health Services at (805) 437-8828 to make an appointment with one of our providers if you need personalized counseling on fatigue and sleep disorders.

 

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Reproductive Health

Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to helping you make wise choices in regards to your reproductive health. We offer a wide -range of services including: birth control counseling, pap smears, sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing for both women and men, counseling on and prescriptions for all contraceptive methods, sample condoms and pregnancy tests. Most insurance plans will cover lab testing and prescriptions; however, it’s a good idea to inquire with them before making an appointment.

Call Student Health Services at (805) 437-8828 to get more information about our services or to make an appointment with one of our providers.

 

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Alcohol Use

CSU Channel Islands is one of hundreds of institutions nationwide taking a new approach to alcohol abuse prevention. We are excited to offer AlcoholEdu for College – a science-based course taken by hundreds of thousands of students each year and by all CI housing students. It aims not to preach but rather to educate students about alcohol and its effects on the mind and body. For more information about this program, contact Personal Counseling Services (PCS) at (805) 437-2088 or e-mail PCS@csuci.edu.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the following adverse outcomes can be attributed to excessive drinking:

  • Academic Problems: An estimated 25% of students report academic consequences as a result of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers and receiving lower grades overall.
  • Deaths: An estimated 1,700 college students per year die from alcohol -related injuries.
  • Assaults: An estimated 696,000 students per year are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Unsafe Sex: An estimated 400,000 students per year have unprotected sex as a result of drinking.
  • Sexual Abuse: An estimated 97,000 students per year are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

Do you drink too much? Take the following NIAAA quiz for a quick self-assessment:

  1. Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
  2. Does your drinking ever make you late for work or school?
  3. Does your drinking worry your family?
  4. Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won’t?
  5. Do you ever forget what you did while you were drinking?
  6. Do you get headaches or have a hangover after you have been drinking?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a drinking problem. For more information or to make an appointment with one of our counselors, contact Personal Counseling Services (PCS) at (805) 437-2088 or e-mail PCS@csuci.edu.

 

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Managing Stress, Depression or Anxiety

If you have a mental health life-threatening emergency please call 911 or the University Police Department at (805) 437-8444. You may also call the Ventura County Crisis Team at (805) 652-6729.

Everybody has the blues, feels anxious, loses interest in enjoyable activities, or gets stressed sometimes, but when it continues for a long time or interferes with daily activities, it may be more serious. If you are having troubles, here are some recommendations provided by the CDC:

Action Steps

  • Stay active. Regular physical activity improves one’s mood, helps relieve depression, and increases feelings of well-being. Try going for a walk, dancing, jogging, or riding a bike. Ask a friend to exercise with you if you need to be motivated.
  • Develop a circle of friends for support.
  • Identify what may be causing your stress. Determine what steps you can take to reduce stressors, such as changing schedules, using self-relaxation techniques, and setting realistic goals for yourself.
  • Talk to someone you can trust, such as a parent, doctor, counselor, religious leader, resident assistant, or teacher. Some people find that sharing their feelings with someone they trust and who recognizes what they’re going through helps them feel better.
  • Your mental good health is important to us at CSU Channel Islands. Contact Personal Counseling Services (PCS) if you need assistance with issues such as depression, anxiety or stress. To make an appointment with one of the PCS counselors, call (805) 437-2088. You can also e-mail PCS@csuci.edu for more information.
 

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Helpful Health Information Web Sites

General

Women’s Health

Men's Health

Mental Health

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Sexual Health

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