DANBURY, CT - College-bound young adults are gearing up to experience their first time living away from home for an extended length of time. Healthy lifestyle behaviors that were successfully formed and reinforced at home may become a challenge for students when they are faced with demanding academics while maintaining an active sports and social life.
Young adults setting out on their own should be reminded that many health and safety hazards stem from controllable factors related to their lifestyle choices. “If young people avoid smoking and maintain a healthy body weight through proper diet and exercise, they are setting the stage for managing risk factors for many health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and infertility,” said Laurie Schedgick Davis, DO, Western Connecticut Medical Group internal medicine and pediatric physician practicing in Brookfield.
According to Dr. Schedgick Davis, when it comes to matters regarding personal safety, avoidance of risky behaviors and common sense applies in making choices regarding drugs, alcohol and sexual activity. It’s important to have regular screenings and make sure vaccinations are up to date. It’s easy for young adults to simply forego regular checkups. For women, that should include annual gynecologic visits to ensure reproductive health.
“Equally important are habits focused on prevention – using seatbelts and protective gear for sports and other activities,” added Dr. Schedgick Davis. “Through regular communication with your sons and daughters, you can remind them of ways to stay strong, safe and healthy, and when to ask for help.”
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