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Building a Colorful Tailgate Table

“Goooooo dawgs, sic ‘em, woof, woof, woof, woof!!”

Athens is a completely different town on game days. There are people everywhere ready to cheer on our Dawgs to victory–some who have been in the same tailgate spot for over 20 years and others who are visiting Athens for the first time. But the commonality between all these people is football and great food.

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BeYOU This Halloween

UHC Medical Clinic Green dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters for Halloween
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#BeWellUGA and Learn About…Managing Stress: Relationships

Starting, maintaining, and ending relationships can all be stressful. Is your relationship stressing you out?

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#BeWellUGA and Learn About…Managing Stress: Sleep

Stress and sleep problems often go hand-in-hand. It can be hard to know how to improve your sleep when you’re stressed and how to reduce stress when you’re having trouble sleeping.

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First Year Five: 5 Ways to Thrive Your 1st Year at UGA

It’s your first year at one of the top schools in the nation, the University of Georgia. Now what?

You may be living on your own for the first time, having to learn how to study effectively and efficiently, learning what to feed yourself, or making new friendships. Being a first year student can be a hard adjustment because there are so many changes happening all at once. Below are FIVE tips to help you thrive during your first semester at UGA.

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Grocery Shopping in Athens

Welcome to Athens! We’re glad you’re here. Whether you’re a returning Dawg or an international student who just arrived to campus, a new year of college is a time of transition. Over the course of the next few weeks and months, you’ll be settling in and building routines in your new home. Finding places to eat and shop for groceries is a big part of establishing a routine here, and this post is meant to give you information to help navigate eating off and on campus.

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#FlUGA Tips for Dawgs

Flu season is upon us. At the University Health Center we are, as you can imagine, starting to see the signs and symptoms of flu trickle in.  Below are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself and the UGA community healthy.

Prevent the Flu

  1. Get a flu shot. The best way to prevent the flu is to be immune to the viruses. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you should get one!
  2. Practice good hand hygiene by either hand washing with soap and water or by using alcohol-based gels.
  3. Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. An uncovered cough or sneeze can project respiratory droplets 3 to 6 feet or more!

Treating the Flu

The flu is a contagious disease that is caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and insomnia.

  1. Stay home if you are sick. A good rule of thumb if you have the flu is that you should stay home as long as you have a fever. You can return to school or work if you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medicines.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  3. If you live in a residence hall, consider going to your permanent home until you have recovered.
  4. Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu.
  5. Drink plenty of liquids.
  6. Avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
  7. Rest.

UGA students can schedule University Health Center primary medical care appointments online at www.uhs.uga.edu, using the UHC Patient Portal.

Or, you can get a flu shot at a #FluGA Mobile Clinic on campus. Click here for the full schedule.  

Flu shots are also available at walk-in clinics at the University Health Center from October 1 – November 1: Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30am & 1-4pm and Fridays from 1-4pm.

Want flu shots to come to your department or organization? Send a request!

For more information about the flu, getting a flu shot and when to seek a health care provider, visit the University Health Center’s Influenza site.

For more flu information from a student perspective, check out What’s Your Flu I.Q.?!

Written by: Dr. Jean Chin, former University Health Center Executive Director; Edited/Updated by the UHC Communications Team
The University Health Center does not endorse any products or services that may appear in ads below.

Are You Cleaning or Contaminating?

Avoiding contact lens related eye infections requires just a few easy steps. Check out this list from Dr. Angela Ellerman, OD, of the University Health Center’s Vision Clinic.

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UHC Spotlight: Dr. Finbar Woitalla

University Health Center providers come from a huge variety of places, backgrounds, and fields of practice…but they’re all here for YOU. Dr. Woitalla is a Primary Care Provider in UHC’s Medical Clinic Green. Check out what he has to say about serving UGA students, self-care practices, and entering the medical field.

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