Queens: How healthy are we?

Sexual health, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and stress are the biggest concerns on campus according to a recent health survey.

The National College Health Assessment is sent out every two years to collect data regarding behaviors, habits, perceptions and prevalent health topics of undergraduate students.

Even though Queens has only participated in two surveys one in 2013 and most recently in March 2015; these health challenges have shown to be consistent over time. Consequently, this helps the Health and Wellness staff at Queens treat, further prevent, and bring awareness to health issues among students.

Ninety-three percent of students report not getting enough sleep five days out the week and half of them experience significant sleepiness day to day.

“There are so many distractions and always so much work to do whenever I should be sleeping,” says freshman Terrance Smith. “I stay up late all the time because the constant distractions around college students on top of the workload can be too much.”

Nutrition is also at the top of the list. According to the survey, one in three Queens students is deemed overweight. Just over half meet standard exercise recommendations and less than one in 20 eats enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Although, this is a concern, nutrition has increased from previous years.

Sexual health is also a major concern with 6.33 percent of students surveyed reporting being victims of rape or attempted rape,11.03 percent of students report being in abusive relationships and 8.9 percent have experience unwanted sexual touching out of 426 students surveyed.

Aside from the health concerns, the health rate of Queens students is very good. Over 90 percent described their health as good, very good or excellent. Among the average 5,500 health and wellness visits per year, the most common diagnostic tests done are for allergies, asthma, injuries, sore throat and sinus infection. However, within a year prior to the survey, students reported different factors affecting their academic performance. The most impactful were stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, cold/flu, extracurricular activities, depression, work, concerns for others, internet and relationships. These are the average top ten impediments that circulate around most college campuses.

With the results from the survey, the Health and Wellness staff has a clear vision on which programs and services to provide for the physical, emotional and intellectual health and wellbeing of the current students and future students.

Being present at Open House for prospective students along with new student orientation, Welcome Week, and other on-campus events, the Health and Wellness staff prioritizes being present and available for students.

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