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NPR’s Big 5 Health Issues Facing Students – Supports Need for Tuition Insurance

By: nextgenins

National Public Radio created a fantastic summary of the Big 5 Issues facing students on campus. NGI’s GradGuard recognizes that these health issues are also real potential risks that may interrupt an academic semester and also lead to a medical withdrawal.  These “Big 5″ reminders by NPR are another independent source recognizing the risks to the investment college students and their families make to support them. Thanks to NPR for providing another argument for college families to consider once again the value of purchasing tuition insurance.

Tuition insurance is not only to provide a refund in the case of an academic loss, but it provides flexibility for a family considering the best academic alternative and personal health considerations for their student. Given the scope of risks outlined by NPR, GradGuard’s tuition insurance is a prudent alternative that may enable families to make a decision for their student independent of the financial consideration.

Please read the entire NPR article here or read on for some of the highlights.

“This time last year college kids were stressing out about swine flu, hard as that is to believe in hindsight. With students streaming back to campuses, we wondered what health concerns are topping the agenda now….. Dr. Al Glass, president of the American College Health Association, and the heads of health services at some colleges around the country to get a bead on what students face this time around. Here are their top five issues:

1. Mental Health
“Mental health issues in a broad sense certainly remain a primary issue,” Glass says. Stress is a biggie.

2. Sleep

All-nighters and good health don’t mix. Students should pay more attention to getting enough sleep.”College and university students tend to keep schedules that are really different from people who are out having jobs in the world,” Glass says. Unfortunately, that’s nothing new. Only 11 percent of college students in a sample of 191 undergrads had good quality sleep, a 2001 study in the Journal of American College Health found.

3. Infectious Disease

Although some students died from swine flu last year,”it didn’t turn out to be the pandemic of illness that people were worried about,” says John H. Turco, director of the Dartmouth College health service. Glass says infectious disease is a perennial concern. There’s no particular bug on the radar this year, but “exposure to other infectious illnesses — colds, upper respiratory infections, influenza” are inevitable.

4. Exercise
Weight problems are everywhere, even college campuses. So what else does the CDC recommend? Exercise. Adults should be active at least 2 1/2 hours a week. But some students may not be getting enough. Glass says too many college kids aren’t heeding the advice and warns that college students aren’t immune to the obesity epidemic.

5. Alcohol
Glass says a discussion about college health wouldn’t be complete without talking about alcohol use.”If [students] would make the decision to drink in college — which, certainly, we’re all aware a large number of them do — to make those choices about what to drink, how much to drink those kinds of things need to be optimally made in a very responsible way,” Glass says.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 4 in 5 college students drink. And when asked, 2 in 5 say they’ve been on a drinking in the past few weeks. Nearly 600,000 college students are injured while under the influence of alcohol each year.”

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