Health Topic

Exercise: Injury Prevention & Self-Care

Here are some guidelines for preventing sports injuries, along with a few self-care tips for treating the minor sports-related health problems that happen from time to time. The information below comes from the registered physical therapists of the University Health Service at UC Berkeley.

Skin Conditions

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


Recent policy changes in a number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or recreational use suggest a shift in societal attitudes and perceptions around cannabis. University Health Services takes a harm reduction approach to all substance use, including cannabis.


Sexual Health and Sexuality

Sexual health and sexuality are relevant to all of us - whether you’re a sexual novice, a sexpert, or abstinent.

Travel: Health Hints for Traveling Students

The University Health Service staff wishes you great success and an enjoyable experience in your studies abroad. Use the following checklist as a guideline to help you maintain good health habits while away.

Before you go...

  • Check with UHS International Travel Care Clinic (643-7177) at least 3-6 months before your departure date to assure sufficient time to get new and updated immunizations and TB testing done. You should be aware that failure to get the necessary documentation may result in your trip being cancelled.

Assisting Distressed Students

How to Assist the Distressed Student

As a faculty or staff member interacting daily with students, you are in an excellent position to recognize behavior changes that characterize the emotionally troubled student. A student's behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, could well constitute a "cry for help."

Managing Sleep - Refresh Program

Many college students have difficulties with sleep, given intense schedules, overlapping deadlines and stress from academics, and often family and relationship issues. Research indicates that adequate sleep is important for learning, lowering stress, averting depression and even maintaining a healthy weight.

All about the flu and how to fight it

It’s that time again - the dreaded “flu season”! But there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and others against it, as well as to look after yourself should you be one of the unlucky ones. The true “flu” - influenza, not to be confused with “stomach flu” - is quite a bit worse than a common cold and will make you miserable and keep you home for a few days, but most people will make it through without complications.

Cold Care

About Colds

A cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. There are at least 200 different cold viruses, the most common one being the rhinovirus ("nose virus"). Symptoms of a cold usually include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, low grade fever and congestion of the ears, nose and head. Colds usually last for a few days, but symptoms can persist for weeks.

Wellness and Preventive Health

Taking care of yourself translates to being more successful in school and work.

Merely working harder does not ensure doing better. In fact, for students we know that academic success is related to ability, work, academic skills and wellness. We encourage you to take charge of your wellness!