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Skin Conditions

Skin is our largest organ. It plays an important role as our first level of defense and helps keep our bodies working properly.


When you are managing a busy life of school, friends, family, fun, and other responsibilities, who has time to think about what you are going to eat every day?

Consistently eating nutrient-rich foods is beneficial, not just for your health, but also for your well-being. Eating a wide variety of nutritious foods helps increase your energy and stamina, and also helps decrease your health risk for chronic diseases. The following resources and links can help you get started on the road to nutritious eating!

Exercise: Getting Active

collapse all expand all Getting Active: What type of body movement do you enjoy?

The first step in becoming more active is the hardest. It becomes a little easier when you choose to do an exercise that you enjoy and look forward to doing. As you begin to add activity to your day or week, you will see that the key to becoming active is learning to identify opportunities to move your body (like taking a quick walk or...

Air Quality & Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from wildfires in Northern California may contribute to poor air quality in the Bay Area.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, and irritated eyes and sinuses. Substances released from fires far away, while very unlikely to cause any significant health hazards, can contribute to headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger shortness of breath and/or wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).


Do You! Week at UC Berkeley

Do You! Week is a week-long series of events at UC Berkeley to promote a campus alcohol and other drugs (AOD) culture that supports all who study, live, work & play in the campus area.


Stalking is a series of actions that make someone feel afraid or in danger.

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

fear for his or her safety or that of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress What are the signs of stalking? Some things stalkers do: Follow you and show up wherever you are Damage your home, car, or other property Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, emails, or texts Monitor your phone calls or computer use Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets Take...

Meningitis: Meningococcal Disease

Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Cases can be mild if caused by a virus or more severe if caused by bacteria.

Meningococcal meningitis is a type of bacterial meningitis that is rare but can cause serious illness and death. According to CDC data, approximately 1,000-1,200 people get meningococcal disease in the USA each year. College freshmen living in dormitories are one of the groups at higher risk than the general population of a similar age. See the...

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Most students make smart and safe choices about using alcohol and other drugs.

These safe choices mean that students don't experience negative academic, physical, or social consequences. University Health Services staff work closely with Berkeley students, staff, faculty, and community partners on year-round services and initiatives that aim to reduce risk, consequences, and harm from the use of alcohol and other drugs.


What are the different types of anxiety? collapse all expand all Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is much more than the normal anxiety people experience day to day. It’s chronic and fills a person’s day with exaggerated worry and tension, even though there is little or nothing to provoke it. Having this disorder can mean always anticipating disaster, often worrying excessively about health...

Mental Health Info

Anonymous online screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress. The screenings may help you determine whether seeking professional consultation would be of benefit to you. These free screenings are available to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty members and are taken anonymously. Be Well resources for stress management Information about depression and what to do if you or others are depressed:...