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How do you stay healthy while in college?

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College students keep healthy by scheduling their hours of study around appropriate eating and sleeping habits and by moderating their use of substances such as caffeine and alcohol. However, it is common that a combination of the stress, new living situation and expanding range of experiences leads to some decline in health, especially among freshmen.

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According to Fox News, some of the biggest health risks faced by college students come from eating junk food, abusing caffeine and energy drinks, consuming too much alcohol, having unprotected sex, and sharing unsanitary bathrooms. It is possible to avoid any and all of these but not without trade-offs.

Students must learn to balance and prioritize their physical health, mental and emotional well-being, academic success, and social lives. Sometimes trying to satisfy one of those needs is detrimental to another. This is the case with binge drinking, which is a common social activity but has negative consequences for physical health and makes academic success more difficult to maintain.

On the other hand, meeting with study groups or with people who want to exercise or eat healthily together, students support multiple needs with one activity. Over time students in college learn to regulate their schedules and habits in order to maintain healthy lifestyles.

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