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- Try to get proper rest. Young adults in their late teens to early 20s are still growing and need eight to nine hours of sleep a night.

- Know your individual eating needs. Do you eat or skip meals when under pressure? Make an effort to eat three meals every day in times of stress.

- Reduce stress by communicating. This can mean talking to family, friends and religious groups on campus. Or try listening to relaxing tapes, exercising, getting a massage or taking a warm shower.

- Students should talk about the changes they're going through, in both their academic and social lives.

- To prevent sickness, wash your hands.

- Be careful not to pass germs. Don't share bottles, cans, utensils or toothbrushes.

- Get the vaccines you need: It's one less worry.

- Know where the health center and the resources you may need are located on campus.

- Be safe and aware of your surroundings.

- Drink plenty of water. Many sources suggest consuming at least eight glasses of water a day.

- Try scheduling time before class to eat breakfast.

- Get complex carbohydrates for energy from fruits and vegetables while limiting sweets such as cookies and cakes. Stay away from high-fat, spicy foods like wings within three hours before bed because your body is inactive and unable to burn off the extra calories.

- Exercise. For some this may mean walking briskly to class. For others, it is seeking out the gym or track.

- Take a multivitamin.


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