Staying Healthy: Tips to Help Your Student

Poor eating and sleeping habits coupled with stress overload and group living arrangements can wreak havoc on a college student. A student may deny being overly tired or cranky. But telltale bloodshot eyes, slumped shoulders or a faltering voice may suggest otherwise. You can help by encouraging your student to adopt some healthy habits.


Weight gain or loss beyond a few pounds can be indicative of stress, poor eating habits, lack of exercise or other factors.

One way to improve eating habits is to encourage your student to eat smart. Chips, desserts, frozen and microwave-ready meals that are high in calories, fat and sodium may not be the best choices for students to eat on a regular basis.


Stress and anxiety, an over-scheduled agenda with little down time, late night studying and too much caffeine can lead to insomnia for some students.

Over-the-counter sleeping aids can compound the situation because they can leave a student drowsy the next morning and unable to function. If your student is experiencing prolonged insomnia, suggest he/she visit the Health Center to talk with a nurse.


Exercise is an important component of wellness. It can boost energy, release tension, prevent illness and improve sleep. The Lou Higgins Center, with its expanded workout spaces, is the perfect place for students to socialize and tone. With a variety of exercise equipment available, students of all abilities can participate. However, students with medical concerns should seek guidance from a physician first.

Likewise, BW's aesthetic campus offers students a scenic and casual way to get exercise. In addition to walking to classes, students can walk to the Cleveland Metroparks, Coe Lake, the Berea Library, downtown Berea and other places of interest.

Parent Tip

Stress is most commonly identified barrier to academic performance among college students. It also is the number one self-reported reason for students seeking counseling services at BW. Studies have linked high levels of distress with adverse outcomes including anxiety and depression. Counseling Services has information that can help parents.