How to Stay Healthy
MCC offers many ways to help you live a healthy life.
Check out just a few:
Treat Illness Promptly
If you are not feeling well or have an injury, we would like to see you in Health Services sooner rather than later.
No matter how well you take care of your health, at some point you may become ill or injured. Learning how to manage common illnesses and injuries is important and information is available on the Feel Better portion of this website. Equally important is recognizing when to seek medical care.
The registered nurses in Health Services are dedicated to helping you feel better quickly and will help you learn the skills to keep yourself feeling better.
College life can be very stressful. The key is to learn the skills to manage stress in your life and to improve your coping skills.
High levels of stress weaken your immune system and increase the likelihood that you will become ill. Stress can also contribute to stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
“Wellness must be a prerequisite to all else. Students cannot be intellectually proficient if they are physically and psychologically unwell." ~ Ernest Boyer (Campus Life: In Search of Community)
Good nutrition is essential to Living Healthy. Good food is the fuel to living and learning. When you pay attention to what you eat, it increases your ability to learn and use what you have learned.
Learning how to choose healthy food can start you on the path to lifetime health. These skills include: making healthy food choices, how to cook good tasting and healthy foods, how to get a quick nutritious meal when you are pressed for time.
Learn more about how to eat healthier from ChooseMyPlate.gov and through these MCC courses: Food Safety and Sanitation (FSA 106), Basic Consumer Nutrition Menu Planning (FSA 107), and Basic Consumer Nutrition (FSA 117).
Not only does regular exercise help to keep your heart healthy, but it burns extra calories, reduces stress, and can help you sleep.
MCC has a fitness center with equipment including treadmills, & free weights, as well as classes from yoga to aerobics. There are also credit courses available including numerous Co-ed Physical Education Courses (PEC) and Physical Education courses for men and women: The Campus Center has numerous clubs including a walking club, a yogafit club, Co-ed Racquetball and Open Skate at the Bill Gray's Iceplex. There are also numerous fitness events during the year that can make getting exercise a way to meet people and give back to the community.
Sleep and Relaxation
The majority of young adults require a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night. Most do not get that much, leaving them groggy and unprepared for learning and living.
College students are one of our nation’s greatest assets (American College Health Association). Good health is essential to your personal and academic success.
Health Services is committed to promoting student health throughout a persons’ lifetime. Education and health information is available to you on campus and in the Health Services Department. Well-informed students make good decisions to protect their health. When you improve your health, it affects the quality of life today and for the rest of your life.
Health Services used the National College Health Assessment tool to survey the specific health concerns of MCC students. Students’ report that stress and sleep problems are issues which interfere with their academic performance. Depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties are others concerns identified. Students also identify problems maintaining healthy weight, nutrition, and exercise habits. MCC offers courses called Disease Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles (HED 110) and Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness (HED 130) to help students learn to positively manage their health. Health Services staff can assist you to develop healthy ways to manage your concerns.