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Student Health Services provides a list of additional resources to help students stay safe and healthy. The list of resources below is organized by health topic.

This is a "living document." It is hoped that individuals will contribute professional resources and materials related to college health.

Healthy Relationships

Radford University- Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services (SAVES)

The SAVES Office on campus provides support and services for students.  The SAVES office is here to support students, whether it is encouraging them in their decisions to Live Well, ongoing services through recovery, or services related to sexual assault, dating violence, harassment, or stalking.

The Women's Resource Center of the NRV

The WRC, located in the Radford, offers free programs and assistance in areas of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Legal Advocacy.  The website also has useful information about these topics.

The Safe Space

The Safe Space: Learn about dating basics and tips for a healthy relationship.  Find facts about dating violence, and what you can do if you or your friend is in a dangerous situation.

  • Speak Out: Read stories of people that have gone through or are going through abusive relationships.  You are not alone.  

Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle: A comprehensive website containing information and resources on dating violence and unhealthy relationships.

The Red Flag Campaign

The Red Flag Campaign is a nation wide campaign that encourages college students to say something when they see a red flag in their own relationship or a friend’s relationship. Help be the change you want to see. 

Love Is Respect

Take the “Healthy Relationship” quiz to see if there are any warning signs in your relationship that you should look out for.  This website also provides resources on unhealthy relationships and information on the National Dating Abuse helpline.

That’s Not Cool- Where to Draw the Digital Line

Your mobile, IM, and online accounts are all a part of you.  When someone you’re dating is controlling, disrespecting, or pressuring you in those spaces, learn what to do. Know where to draw the digital line.  Watch a short cartoon on excessive texting in relationships and learn more about what to do if you are in a relationship with an excessive texter.

Smart Sex

Take a look at several important Date Rape Myths and Facts that we all need to know.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

RAINN:  The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.  Useful tips on reducing your risk of sexual assault from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Planned Parenthood – Relationship Responsibilities

The Planned Parenthood website lists responsibilities we all have in our sexual or romantic relationships.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Radford Dining Services – Nutrition Info

Radford University’s dining services webpage has a plethora of information about the food options on-campus, nutrition content, and other resources for healthy eating. The Balanced University page has downloadable articles about nutrition topics.

Virginia Tech's Nutrition Blog

This website will provide you with facts, recipes, and blog topics about a variety of different foods, nutrients, and health conditions. The nutrient and food facts section will assist you in becoming better educated about individual nutrients and foods, the nutrition blog topics section is a student-to-student interactive page that gives Virginia Tech students ideas on how to incorporate these foods and nutrients into their diets, the recipes section provides you with recipes that promote a healthy lifestyle, and the health facts section will educate you about nutrient-related diseases.

Choose My Plate

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has created a website to help advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans. This resource helps you to educate yourself on the current dietary requirements for your age and gender and provides you with ways to ensure you’re getting the appropriate nutrition.

Portion Control Guide


A wallet sized guide to portion control.

Body Image and Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorder Association

Tips on how to help a friend with eating and body image issues from the National Eating Disorder Association

  • The Media Watchdog program brings students, educators, health professionals, parents, eating disorders sufferers, and concerned consumers together to encourage companies and advertisers to send healthy media messages regarding body size and shape.

Eating Disorders - Signs & Symptoms

An overview of the different kinds of eating disorders, their signs and symptoms and resources on how to get help.

Helping a Friend or Family Member through an Eating Disorder

Ways to help a friend or family member with an eating disorder.

Understanding Media Literacy

This website explains the concept of Media Literacy and the impact media can have on our lives and especially our body image.

Become Media Literate

Learn what it means to be “media literate.”   People that are media literate are better able to decipher the complex messages we receive from television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, signs, packaging, marketing materials, video games, recorded music, the Internet and other forms of media.

Operation Beautiful

The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.”  Learn how negative self-talk hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Compulsive Eating & Compulsive Exercising


Learn more about compulsive eating & exercising, and the physical and emotional dangers it can pose.

Safe Cosmetics

Body image is no longer an exclusively female problem.  Men now have 10% of all eating disorders. Body image isn't limited by race, culture, religion, social or financial status, education or geography either.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Radford University- Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services (SAVES)

The Radford University SAVES Office on campus provide support and services for students.  SAVES has compiled information for students interested in learning more about various substance abuses and the signs and symptoms of a chemical dependency.

The Gordie Center

The Gordie Center provides helpful resources on drug and alcohol related issues.  Learn about Gordie’s story and how prevent alcohol poisoning.

Learn the Bacchus maneuver [PDF] to help a friend that has alcohol poisoning until you can get sober help.

Alcohol Facts

Radford University’s guide to Party Safe – Party Smart: how to have fun and still be safe.  Good tips for hosting parties.

Virginia Tech Alcohol Prevention Program

The Virginia Tech Alcohol Prevention Program website provides links to information on alcohol safety as well as a list of other fun things to do around the New River Valley that do not involve alcohol.

Sexual Health and Sexuality

American Social Health Association – Sexual Health

Visit this site to learn more about some of the ways to actively engage in your own sexual health

Guidelines for Giving Meaningful Sexual Consent

Learn the appropriate guidelines for giving meaningful consent in a situation involving sex.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.  Their website provides information on a range of topics from sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases, to sexual orientation. 

Emergency Contraception

Information about the "morning after pill" with a helpful Q&A section.

Sex Ed Library

The Sex Ed library is a compilation of sexual health resources on the internet.

Sexual Health Education

The Brown University Health Education website provides information on contraception, STI’s, pregnancy and many other sexual health related questions.

The GLBT National Help Center

The GLBT National Help Center provides free and confidential telephone and internet peer-counseling, information and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning callers throughout the US.

  • GLBT provides a list of local resources in the New River Valley area including social and support services, youth groups, community centers and much more.

Radford University SHAC- Staying Safe

Learn the guidelines for the correct use of a condom to help protect yourself from pregnancy and many STI’s.  Brought to you by the Student Health Awareness Club (SHAC).

Transgender Health

This virtual library has resources on a variety of topics related to transgender health, from hormone therapy to an advocacy guide.

Stress Management

Managing Stress: A Guide for College Students

Approaching stress management from a wellness lifestyle approach can give you "money in the bank" when it comes to preventing stress, and can give you the energy you need to handle stress when it happens.  Learn ways to use a positive attitude, healthier eating habits and more to prevent and reduce stress.

College Students and Sleep

Learn the importance of getting quality sleep in college and tips on how to make it possible.

Stress Management Tools for College Students

Learn positive ways to handle stress and negative emotions in college and why binge drinking is not one of them.

Reexamining Your Stress Reactions

Reexamine your stress reactions.  Stress management starts with an honest assessment of how you react to stress. You can then counter unhealthy ways of reacting with more helpful techniques.

“LEARN”ing To Manage Stress in College

Learn to manage your stress in college with a technique called, “LEARNS”

Skin Safety

Center for Disease Control- Skin Cancer

CDC leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. When in the sun, seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen.

Skin Cancer Prevention and Education Initiatives

Learn your risk factors and ways to protect yourself from skin cancers.

Travel Health

CDC – Travel Health

The Center for Disease Control Travelers’ Health page contains information and recommendations on how to stay safe and heatlhy while traveling.  It offers a wide array of information on health topics for travelers, including vaccines, travel warnings, and how to prepare for a trip.

U.S. Department of State Travel Registration

U.S. Dept of State Travel Registration allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the U.S. can better assist you in case of an emergency. The site also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

U.S. Embassy

List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Health Department

Services include an initial travel consultation to review travel itinerary, previous immunizations, chronic diseases, pregnancy, and/or special disability needs. Appropriate immunizations and other preventive medications are offered based on CDC recommendations and requirements specific to the travel itinerary. Additional information is provided regarding visa/embassy requirements, evacuation insurance, food and water safety, insect protection, and other general travel tips.  Services are provided in the Christiansburg office, 210 S. Pepper St - Suite A

Stomach Flu: The Basics

What is it? 

Most stomach flu is caused by a virus.  Viral gastroenteritis is an infection that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.  People can get the infection if they:

  • Touch an infected person or a surface with the virus, and then don’t wash their hands.
  • Eat foods or drink liquids with the virus.
  • If people with the virus don’t wash their hands, they can spread it by touching others or surfaces.

Symptoms

People can have either diarrhea or vomiting or both. These symptoms usually start suddenly and can be severe.

Viral gastroenteritis can also cause: fever,  headache or muscle aches, belly cramping or loss of appetite.

Should I go to a health care provider?

It is not necessary to be seen for this virus.  The virus usually only lasts 24-48 hours. 

What is the treatment?

  • Stop all solid food and milk products.  Drink only clear liquids, ex Gatorade, kool-aid, sprite, ginger ale, etc.  for 24 hours. 
  • You do not need antibiotics as they will not treat the virus.  
  • Avoid people as it is easily transmitted to friends and class mates.

Call the doctor or nurse if you:

  • Have any symptoms of dehydration - dehydration can make you have dark yellow urine, feel  dizzy or confused.
  • Have diarrhea or vomiting that lasts longer than a few days
  • Vomit up blood, have bloody diarrhea, or have severe belly pain
  • Haven’t urinated in the past  8 hours (during the day)

Prevention

To lower the chance of getting or spreading the infection, you can:

  • Wash your hands with soap after you use the bathroom and before you eat
  • Avoid contact with someone who is vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Avoid grouped activities if you are having vomiting or diarrhea.  

Resources

Additional Health Topics

Radford University – Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services assists students with typical student developmental issues and provides professional counseling to students with mental health concerns.  The website provides a listing of resources and links on various topics.

Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet resource from Columbia University. It provides readers with student-friendly information about relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health; fitness; nutrition; alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and, general health from a thoughtful perspectives so that college students can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.

American Academy of Family Practice – Health Tools

This website contains health tools, drug information, healthcare resources, and general disease and prevention education materials.

The BACCHUS Network – Peer Educators

The BACCHUS Network promotes student based, campus and community-wide leadership on health and safety issues. Become a member of the BACHHUS network by signing up to become a certified Peer Educator here at Radford University (contact Sarah Gayle Ballagh for more information about RU Peer Educators)

CDC- Center for Disease Control

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is an organization that works to provide information to enhance and promote health. 

Pink Eye

The most common cause of pink eye (conjunctivitis) is viral and is associated with the common cold.  The "pink eye" occurs during the 3rd - 5th day of the cold symptoms and can be in either one or both eyes.  Although discharge causes the lids to be hard to open in the morning, the drainage usually is not present during the day. Antibiotic drops are not necessary for viral conjunctivitis.  Just like the common cold itself, the conjunctivitis will resolve as it runs its course.  Symptomatic treatment includes warm or cool compresses and over the counter decongestant or antihistamine drops.   The "pink" symptom is relieved temporarily by keeping the drops in the refrigerator.  Artificial Tears, or similar eye drops, may be used COLD every 2 hours or as needed for the irritated, dry, red symptoms.  Remember that the virus which carries both the cold symptoms and the conjunctivitis is contagious.  Wash your hands after touching your eyes or nose and avoid sharing personal items to help prevent the spread.   If the symptoms persist longer than 2-3 days, please schedule an appointment to be evaluated.  If you are a contact wearer and have conjunctivitis, please schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center for evaluation.

Bacterial conjunctivitis causes a pink or red eye and usually causes a yellow or green discharge not only in the morning but throughout the day. It is important to see a health care provider if the eye discharge occurs throughout the day.

Allergic causes of pink eye are usually in both eyes and is associated with other allergic symptoms such as sneezing and clear running nose.

There are no definitive tests for diagnosing a pink eye as a bacterial, viral or allergic cause.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Student Health Center.