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October 2018

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Staying Healthy

Fall is a beautiful time on the North Coast, but it also means longer nights, colder weather, and the beginning of cold and flu season.

For those of you currently taking the Forever Humboldt Families 101 online course, next week’s lesson is all about how you can help your student stay healthy this year. Here are some other suggestions:

Advise your student to visit HSU’s Wellbeing Map. Developed by campus Student Health and Wellbeing Services, the map is an interactive tool that helps students identify health issues they’re experiencing and find the proper resources to guide them toward health.

While students need an HSU login to use the Wellbeing Map, you can read more about it on the Parent & Family section of the site.

This fall, HSU will offer free flu vaccines for students at two on-campus flu clinics, Friday, Oct. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 14. Read more on the Wellbeing website.

Studies show that a lack of sleep can hurt students in many ways, including lowering GPAs. The impact can be as severe or worse than the use of alcohol or drugs. Encourage your student to practice healthy sleeping habits, getting seven-nine hours per night.

University “Skillshops” are free, hour-long classes that offer professional and academic advice, as well as health-related topics like sleep and healthy study habits, and stress management. Point your student toward these options at

Student Health & Wellbeing Services offers a variety of medical and mental health services on its campus clinic. Encourage your student to reach out and utilize these services, which are mostly free or low-cost. Clinic staff members are welcoming and dedicated to students’ overall wellbeing.

  • Student Health Center daytime hours: 707.826.3146
  • Student Health Center after hours nursing advice line: 877.256.3534
  • Mental Health Concerns 24-hour phone line: 707.826.3236

See more about services at

Fall Break

Fall Break is from Nov. 19 to 23, and it’s not too early to start planning for transportation.

For more information about traveling to HSU, including driving directions and transit availability, visit Travel to HSU.

To learn more about rideshares and campus car rentals see our parking website section about Alternate Transportation.

Weather can be unpredictable during this time of year, so please be sure to check road conditions and weather reports before you or your student travels.

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