Physical health and wellness is more than the absence of disease. At the University of Idaho we recognize the importance of physical health and how it contributes to other areas of wellness. Physical wellness includes adequate activity and nutrition, sleep, and accessing medical resources when needed. Empowering students to enhance their physical wellness is an ongoing priority at the University of Idaho, and we’re fortunate to live in a healthy community with great access to recreation, leisure activities, and local food options.
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when the chances for treatment and a cure are better.
By getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.
Some general health tips to keep in mind:
- If you are sexually active, practice safer sex and get tested for sexually transmitted infections. If you are sexually active with men, take some time to understand the risks of pregnancy, and the contraceptive options that are available.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol and other drugs
- If you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, try to quit or cut down
- Practice monthly breast self-exams to detect early signs of breast cancer
- Be proactive about managing stress
- Learn practical ways to improve the regularity and quality of your sleep
- Eat a healthy, balanced, and nutrient dense diet
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Get regular check-ups and Gynecological exams