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Campus & Community Leadership

At UHS We:

Strive to ensure health for all through leadership, expertise, and discovery. Practice predictive prevention — working upstream to identify critical trends, harness innovation, and adopt evidence-based prevention practices.

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...

Body Piercings: Cleaning and Healing

collapse all expand all General Care for Body Piercings Always wash hands thoroughly before contact with the piercing. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. (Both slow the healing of pierced areas by drying and killing new healthy cells.) Do not use bacitracin or other ointments. (Ointments attempt to heal the skin & may slow oxygen transport to the tissue). Use salt soaks for best care/cleaning of ring or stud and...

Sleeping Soundly

Sleeping soundly should come easy after a day at school.

But, for many of us, nighttime slumber is disrupted by thoughts of our "to-do" list, worries about our studies or workload, or interruptions from roommates, etc. One-third of all American adults experience an occasional or persistent sleep disturbance known as insomnia. According to modest estimates, at least 20-30 million Americans suffer from insomnia.

Travel Health Tips

UHS wishes you great success and an enjoyable experience in your studies abroad. Use the following checklist as a guideline to help you maintain healthy habits while away.

Before you go... Check with UHS International Travel Care Clinic (510-643-7177) at least 3-6 months before your departure date to ensure 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 canceled. Anyone with a chronic condition (e.g. asthma, depression, anxiety) should have an evaluation with...

Sexual Assault and Rape



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...

Anti-Depressant Medications

Perhaps your counselor has mentioned the option of antidepressant medication to you, or you’ve wondered whether this option might be helpful based on something you’ve heard, or based on the experiences of friends or family members.

This webpage is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about antidepressants. We hope the information will serve as a starting point for a more in-depth discussion with a counselor and/or a psychiatrist. If you decide to explore the option of medication further, you will want to meet...

Managing Low Back Pain

About Lower Back Pain

Eighty percent of adults will experience significant low back pain sometime during their lifetime. Low back pain usually involves muscle spasms of the supportive muscles along the spine. Also, pain numbness, and tingling in the buttocks or lower extremity can be related to the back. There are multiple causes of low back pain (see below). Prevention of low back pain, as well as knowing self-care options for acute low back pain, are important, as symptoms can recur on more than one occasion.

Common causes of lower back pain Muscle strain...

Ergonomics and Back Health

The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks.