Your Health

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Volunteering is good for your health

Volunteering helps other people, but it also helps you. Students who volunteered up to 10 hours each week were less likely to feel depressed than students who did not volunteer, according to a study. Working, on the other hand, made no difference.

Video: Feeling stale and nervous? Close the books and exercise!

Maybe you don’t feel like going out for a jog. But it will do you a world of good. Studies show students who exercise have higher grades and feel less stressed. A student — and experts — offer insight into the positive effects of physical exercise.



18,000 Badgers can’t be wrong – have YOU had your shot?

UHS urges all undergraduates to get the free meningitis B vaccine; so far, more than 18,000 have. Stop by the SERF before 8 p.m. tonight or drop in to UHS Nov. 7-18.

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WATCH: Be at your best for the big game

Big events like Saturday’s football game against Ohio State can bring out risky behavior, so be a good bystander if someone drinks too much. Here is a Badger fan with safety tips, including the three Ds: direct, delegate and distract.


What you need to know about meningitis

University Health Services has contacted and treated all those who’ve been in close contact with the two UW-Madison students who were hospitalized with meningococcal disease. Both are recovering. UHS is working with state and county officials to determine the best vaccine recommendation for students. Details

Top five resources for sexually active Badgers

Regardless of whether or not you’ve chosen to be sexually active while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it’s important that you know what’s available to keep yourself and our campus safe and healthy. So take a look at this list UHS pulled together.

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Your mom’s right: You need to take care of yourself

It’s a lot easier to be a serious student, hard worker, and all-around nice person if you don’t feel like garbage. UW wants to set you up for a successful semester by helping you stay fit and healthy. Here are some tips.

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If you see something, say something

UW-Madison wants you to help your help fellow Badgers. It’s part of a strategy called bystander intervention to address problems such as high-risk drinking and sexual assault. Programs include Badgers Step Up, Green Dot and Our Wisconsin.

Trying for the best buzz? This will surprise you

It’s no secret that one of the side effects of drinking alcohol is a feeling of happiness, and while the majority of UW-Madison students don’t engage in high-risk drinking, many still believe that quantity is the secret to achieving that feeling. In fact, research shows it’s a buzz kill.

No more school nurse — we have a whole service

University Health Services is the student health center for UW-Madison, and it gets more than 70,000 student visits each year. To get new students off on the right foot, UHS has some tips, including updating your immunizations and setting up your MyUHS account.