Monday, August 22, 2016

Health Service & HERC: What can we do for you?


 
First and foremost, welcome back, Panthers! We are so excited for another great year here at Eastern Illinois University. As you start classes, meet new friends, and experience campus life, be sure to keep your health and wellness in mind. Lucky for you, EIU Health Service offers convenient care right here on campus!
 

EIU Health Service

 
The Clinic is dedicated to providing student-oriented primary care and health education through medical services and a variety of programs. With 22 full-time professional staff, Health Service offers a wide variety of services including: acute and chronic care, women’s and men’s general and sexual health, prevention, free flu shots, sports medicine, travel consultations, mental health services, nutritional counseling, TB screenings and testing, educational programs, as well as public health interventions. Together, the Health Service strives to meet all of students’ medical needs on campus in a conveniently located, top notch facility!

Services


Primary Care
EIU students are able to visit the Health Service for all of their primary care needs. Whether a sore throat, cough, cold, or many other illnesses, the student may see a provider free of charge! Health Service providers are dedicated to ensuring that all students are Healthy Panthers!

Women’s Health
The Health Service makes women’s health appointments easy and convenient. Licensed providers offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to: pap exams, breast exams, contraception consults, common vaginal infection testing, medication refills for established patients, as well as sexually transmitted infection testing, counseling, and treatment.

EIU Pharmacy
EIU Pharmacy provides students with medications prescribed by Health Service providers, private physicians, and dentists. The pharmacy also carries a variety of over-the-counter medications so students don’t have to leave campus! Aside from prescribed and over-the-counter medications, the pharmacy also offers other personal items. Some of those items include: emergency contraceptives, lip balm, condoms, first aid supplies and more! Students may pay via cash or bill the charges to their student account.

X-Ray
The Health Service also has a Radiology Department. This department offers digital x-rays with a radiologist’s interpretation, electrocardiograms and rhythm strips with a cardiologist’s interpretation, and digital x-ray images on CD.

Lab
There is a state certified lab located on campus, within the Health Service! All orders for lab tests must be written on a prescription pad printed with the physician’s name, address, phone number, as well as fax number. All orders must be signed by the ordering physician.

Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health related topics. The HERC offers health programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and education, flu and cold prevention and education, nutritional analysis and education, and sexual health education, in addition to many other health related topics.

Making an Appointment
Physicians and other medical professionals at the Health Service are seen through appointment only. Students may visit www.eiu.edu/health and make an appointment using the MyHealth Portal. Students may also call 217-581-3013 to make an appointment or go to the Health Service and speak with an Appointment Clerk.

Cost of Services
General medical visits, health assessments, special programs and educational resources are provided to students at no cost! The Health Service is funded through the student’s tuition/fees, which supplements funding for primary care visits to the Health Service and Health Education programs. This funding also helps keep additional service fees low!

Additional Service Fees
Charges apply to all specialty visits including: women’s and men’s health, nutritional/dietary, psychiatric, travel consults, and employment physicals. Charges and low service fees for lab, x-ray, immunizations, etc., including charges for pharmacy medications, may be billed to the student’s university account or paid by cash. A list of additional charges is available at the Health Service or online at www.eiu.edu/health.

Student Insurance Coverage at Health Service:
Students who are covered by the Student Insurance Plan have coverage for most service charges at the Health Service. Students also benefit from reduced charges, without a deductible. The Student Insurance Plan also provides coverage for medical services off campus.


“98% of students tell us they had convenient appointments. Of those, 90% say they waited less than 10 minutes.”

 

The Health Education Resource Center (HERC)


As a branch of the Health Service, the HERC strives to prevent and reduce health risks and illnesses that interfere with academic performance, learning, student retention, & personal growth opportunities. The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health-related topics. The HERC offers health programming in a wide variety of areas. The best part? Most of our services are FREE to students!
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Alcohol prevention, intervention, and recovery work is completed through this office. The HERC offers a Collegiate Recovery Community, on campus, for EIU students. Please visit the website for additional information, www.eiu.edu/herc/CRC.php
There are multiple programs that focus on risk factors and prevention associated with substance abuse. The programs educate students on the effects of alcohol and drugs, along with possible perceptions. Additionally the HERC implements and manages the required online training for all incoming and first time students, called AlcoholEdu.

Tobacco
EIU is a tobacco-free campus! The Health Education Resource Center provides education and intervention strategies on tobacco use. Freedom From Smoking clinics are available on campus to students, faculty, and staff at a low cost. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.eiu.edu/herc. Registration is required.

Sleep
Schedule an appointment today to discuss your current sleep habits! The HERC staff can provide tips and information to enhance the quality and quantity of sleep. Also offered are presentations that focus on healthy sleep habits. Through these presentations, students learn about healthy behaviors to ensure proper sleep habits.

Nutrition
The HERC offers a three-part nutritional assessment conducted by the Nutrition Promotion Coordinator. Using current intake, general information is provided about your eating patterns to improve nutrition and overall lifestyle. There is also a Registered Dietitian on staff to work with students with nutrition-related health conditions as well as weight management concerns.

Sexual Health
Students can choose to meet one-on-one with the Sexual Health Educator to discuss ways to reduce risky sexual behaviors or complete the online sexual health assessment. All consultations are confidential and free to students.

Peer Health Education
Students have the opportunity to make a change on campus by becoming a Peer Health Educator. Through Peer Health Education, students are trained through the national BACCHUS network to educate the campus on health-related topics. These topics include, but are not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, cold and flu, sexual health, nutrition, stress, and sleep. Through Peer Health Educators, students gain leadership skills, teamwork building and have an opportunity to build their resumes. But most importantly, Peer Health Educators promote a healthy EIU! For more information or to get involved, e-mail herc-hlthpromo@eiu.edu or herc-genhlth@eiu.edu, or call 217-581-7786.
Programs
Some of the programs and presentations offered include:
  • What is Consent?
  • Snoozing Like a Panther
  • EIU StepsUp!
  • Kognito                                    
  • AlcoholEdu
  • Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Healthy Cooking 101
  • EIU Moves
  • Rubber Lovers
  • Freedom From Smoking
For more information, to schedule a consultation, or to register for a program, please call (217) 581-7786, email herc@eiu.edu, or visit www.eiu.edu/herc.

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

EIU Health Service Laboratory


The laboratory at Eastern Illinois University’s Health Service is located on the first floor of the Human Services Building in the South Quad. The lab is staffed by full-time certified medical technologists and phlebotomists.
AVAILABLE LAB TESTING
A wide variety of lab tests are performed at EIU Health Service Laboratory. Some specimens collected on-site at the lab are sent off-campus for testing. Physicians not employed by EIU Health Service may also order lab tests.
PROCEDURES AVAILABLE ON-SITE
  • Blood glucose tests
  • Chlamydia tests
  • Complete blood counts
  • Drug tests
  • Flu tests A & B
  • GC tests
  • H. Pylori tests
  • Mono tests
  • Occult blood
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Rapid strep A screens
  • Sed rates
  • Sickle cell tests
  • Throat cultures
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine cultures
  • Yeast and BV
TEST RESULTS
Most laboratory results are available in 24 hours. Students may view their in-house lab results by visiting the MyHealth tab in PAWS or by logging in to the online portal. All laboratory results for student patients of legal adult age are confidential. No one, including parents, may obtain test results without written consent from the patient.
CHARGES FOR LABORATORY SERVICES
Most in-house laboratory tests are performed at a minimal expense to students. Laboratory services are primarily supplemented by the Health Service student fee and most charges are covered by Student Insurance. Tests sent to the reference laboratory are not covered and the student will be charged. Students may pay for laboratory services not covered by the student fee via cash or billed to the student’s university account.
TIPS FOR LAB PATIENTS
  1. Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to check in at the front desk
  2. Follow all instructions given to you by the lab tech during testing
  3. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have a history of fainting during blood testing
  4. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you are nauseous, dizzy, or feel faint the day of your test
  5. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have given blood within the last 2 weeks
  6. Do not use throat lozenges prior to a throat culture; it may alter the results
  7. Do not touch the lab techs while they are performing a procedure
  8. Do not urinate prior to an appointment requiring a urine specimen
  9. Do not hold your breath while having blood drawn
  10. Remain still during a phlebotomy; arm movement may cause the needle(s) to come out
HOURS & CONTACT INFORMATION
The labs hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the academic year. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8 AM to noon.
For additional information or questions, please contact the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, e-mail health@eiu.edu, or visit www.eiu.edu/health.

Monday, July 25, 2016

EIU Health Service Radiology Department





The Radiology Department at Eastern Illinois University Health Service is located on the first floor of the Human Services Building. It is staffed by one full-time registered Radiographer (X-Ray Technologist) and one part-time Radiographer. Both are licensed by the state of Illinois.
SERVICES OFFERED
The Radiology Department of Health Service offers the following services: digital x-rays with a radiologist’s interpretation, electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) and rhythm strips with a cardiologist’s interpretation, and digital x-ray images on a CD.
Special procedures ordered by an EIU Health Service provider will be scheduled with other health care providers. Please contact your insurance provider regarding payment coverage.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
  • One full-time radiographer (X-Ray Technologist) is employed by the Radiology Department. This technologist is specifically trained in obtaining quality x-rays, monitoring equipment performance, and insuring patient safety.
  • Lead aprons (shields) are used to protect reproductive organs for most procedures, except in cases where shielding would interfere with the exam.
  • The radiographer will request a detailed medical history of the reason for an x-ray, before the x-ray procedure is performed. For females, this will include whether or not there is a chance of pregnancy, as x-rays may pose a risk to the unborn fetus.
  • The x-ray machine is designed to prevent leakage of radiation. Special cones are used to confine the area exposed to the x-ray beam and aluminum filters have been added to the machine to remove even more radiation.
  • The Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety inspects all x-ray equipment annually.

CHARGES & PAYMENT OPTIONS
Students may pay via cash or they can be billed through their EIU student account. X-rays are $30 per exam when ordered by a staff physician. There is an additional charge of $5 per CD of digital x-ray images. Electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) are $30 per visit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
May I come into the Health Service and ask for an x-ray without first seeing a doctor?
No. Only a medical doctor can order x-rays. When you come into the Health Service, the nurse will document your condition and make an appointment with a physician if necessary.

Why are my x-rays sent to a Radiologist?
All EIU x-rays are reviewed by a Radiologist, a physician who specializes in interpreting x-rays. Most Radiology reports are available within 2 business days.
What is the difference between a Radiographer and a Radiologist?
A Radiographer is a person trained in the use of x-ray equipment and the positioning of patients for x-ray procedures. A Radiologist is a physician who specializes in interpreting x-rays.
What happens to the x-rays after the technologist takes the picture?
X-rays taken at the Health Service are the property of Eastern Illinois University. X-rays are a permanent part of the patient’s electronic medical record.
Why do I need to remove body piercings?
The metal rings or posts may interfere with the x-ray procedure. This depends on the part of the body being examined, so please inform the technologist if you have any body piercings.
Why do I have to hold my breath during an x-ray?
When a person breathes, his or her body moves. Motion creates a blurry x-ray image. When a person holds their breath, the body doesn’t move, making it easier to obtain a clearer image.
Does the Health Service Radiology Department offer mammograms, ultrasounds, CT’s, or MRI’s?
No. The Health Service Radiology Department does not have the required equipment to perform these procedures. If a staff physician orders one of these tests, we will be glad to schedule it for you at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center or another health care facility. Please contact your insurance provider regarding payment coverage.

HOURS & CONTACT INFORMATION
The Clinic’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the academic year. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8 AM to noon.

For additional information or questions, please call the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, e-mail health@eiu.edu, or visit www.eiu.edu/health.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chug, Chug, Chug, Chug!

Staying hydrated, especially in warm temperatures, is essential to your health and well being, as your body depends on water to survive. Consuming the appropriate amount of liquids is critical to maintaining your body weight and ensuring a healthy heart, as well as other organs. As central Illinois is under a heat advisory for the next few days, we encourage you to read up on staying hydrated!

Are You At a Higher Risk of Dehydration?
While everyone can potentially be at risk of dehydration, some are more at-risk than others. For example, people who exercise often at high intensity are more prone to dehydration. Also, people with certain medical conditions and the elderly are at a higher risk, as their cognitive functions are impaired. This means that their brains might not send a signal to their bodies that they need to intake liquids.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:
  • Have certain medical conditions (i.e. kidney stones or bladder infection)
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Exercising in hot weather
  • Have a fever
  • Experience vomiting or diarrhea
  • Are trying to lose weight
Chug, Chug, Chug, Chug!
According to an article published in the Harvard Health Letter, the standard recommendation for daily water intake is 4 to 6 8 ounce glasses per day. However, individual recommendations may vary. Depending on your size and weight, your exercise/intensity level, and the climate, you may need to consume more than the provided standard recommendation.

Several sources, including familydoctor.org recommend that, if you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, to check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated while dark yellow or amber-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.

Information from http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/food-nutrition/nutrients/hydration-why-its-so-important.html

Symptoms of Dehydration
  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately.

Illnesses
Medical Daily cites three heat-related illness that dehydration contributes to including: muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

"Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat. The American Red Cross suggests a person move to a cooler place when suffering cramps; once a comfortable position has been assumed, it is best to lightly stretch the affected muscle and gently massage the area. It is best to drink an electrolyte-containing fluid, such as a commercial sports drink, fruit juice, or milk, and if such beverages are not available, water. A person suffering heat cramps should not take salt tablets."

"Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. Heat exhaustion most often affects athletes, firefighters, construction workers, and factory workers but it may also impact anyone wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen, or flushed skin, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and exhaustion. If someone is suffering heat exhaustion, the American Red Cross recommends they be moved to a cooler environment with circulating air. Help them remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fanning or spraying the person with water also can help. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid, such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice, to restore fluids and electrolytes. Milk or water may also be given. Give about 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes. If the person's condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 911."

"Finally, heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that develops when the systems of the body are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning. Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin that may be dry or moist, changes in consciousness, rapid and weak pulse, vomiting, and seizures. Do not hesitate; call 9-1-1 immediately. While waiting for assistance, immerse the person up to the neck in cold water if possible; if not, douse or spray the person with cold water or cover the person with bags of ice. The American Red Cross suggests you apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person's condition improves."

Information from http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-stay-hydrated-summer-tips-survive-heat-wave-247401

Tips for Staying Hydrated
  • Limit your intake of sports drinks and juices as they often contains excessive amounts of sugar
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times
  • Be sure to drink water before, during, and after every workout
  • Add a slice of lemon or lime to flavor your water
  • Create a schedule; drink when you wake up, before and after  lunch, before and after dinner, and before you go to bed
  • Drink when you're hungry--hunger is often confused with thirst
  • Eat fruits and vegetables--they are a great source of water
  • Don't ignore your thirst
On Campus Resources
If you would like more information on staying hydrated, contact the Health Education Resource Center (HERC) at (217) 581-7786, e-mail herc@eiu.edu, or visit www.eiu.edu/herc.

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms and would like to make an appointment with a medical professional, contact the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, visit www.eiu.edu/health, or stop by the Human Services Building to make an appointment with an Appointment Clerk.

Resources

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Smoking: The Ugly Truth

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, killing 480,000 Americans each year. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems. For every smoking related death, at least 30 Americans live with a smoking related illness. Currently, there are over 1.3 billion people in the world that smoke.

Direct Effects of Smoking
Smoking has been directly linked to many health risks such as:
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Preterm delivery for infants
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth
  • Fertility issues
  • Decreased bone health
  • Infections in gums and teeth
  • Increased risk of cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Skin Disease
  • Decreased Immune system
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cancer

Additionally, smoking has been linked to several types of cancer including, but not limited to: acute myeloid leukemia, pancreatic, kidney, bladder, blood, colorectal, liver, larynx, throat, mouth, cervical, uterus, stomach, esophageal, and most significantly, lung cancer.

Indirect Effects of Smoking
Not only does smoking directly effect ones health, but it also indirectly effects many other aspects of the consumer’s life, such as finances. For example, the average price of cigarettes in the United States is $5.51 per pack. Let's say that the consumer, on average, smokes one pack per day. One pack per day at $5.51 totals $8.37 per week, which totals $2,011.15 every year! Other indirect effects of smoking include:

Higher Insurance Rates
Compared to non-smokers, smokers pay higher insurance rates on average. This is because smokers are more susceptible to infection and disease than those who do not smoke.

Employment
5% of America’s employers prefer to hire non-smokers, while 1% will not hire smokers at all. In a study published by the Journal of American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers concluded that non-smokers were nearly 25% more likely to be selected for a job than non-smokers.

Personal Finances
Smokers can potentially lose thousands of dollars on the resale value of their homes and cars if they smoke in them. The Respiratory Health Association (2013) reported that smoking in your home can reduce its value anywhere from 10 to 29 percent, with 20 percent being the average.

Common Smoking Concerns & Solutions

Problem: I will crave a cigarette.

Solution: Experiencing cravings is common when quitting smoking. Most cravings will only last a few minutes and over time, the urges will get weaker and occur less often.

Problem: Withdrawals are uncomfortable.

Solution: The first few weeks after quitting smoking are usually the most difficult and uncomfortable. Smokers who are in the process of quitting usually experience withdrawals for the first 8-12 weeks. However, the longer you go without smoking, the more comfortable you become with your lifestyle change.

Problem: I might gain weight.

Solution: Gaining a few extra pounds is normal, but with exercise and healthy eating, you can help decrease how much weight you put on.

Problem: Smoking is part of me.

Solution: Long-time smokers often make this argument, as they have spent most of their lives smoking. To replace smoking, take up another hobby. Yoga, sports, reading, writing, and gardening are just a few examples!

Freedom From Smoking
The Health Education Resource Center provides Freedom From Smoking® class here on campus to students, faculty and staff! This 7 week group clinic, developed by the American Lung Association, includes 8 sessions with a step-by-step plan to quit smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting, both individually and as part of a group. Click here to register.

Faculty and staff clinics will be held from noon until 1 PM at the Health Education Resource Center (Booth House) on 4th Street, located behind Jerry's Pizza. The clinics take place on the following days:
  • August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21, September 23, September 28, October 5, and October 12.

Student clinics will be held from 4 PM to 6 PM in the Paris Room of the MLK Union, with the exception of October 4th. The October 4th session will take place in the Sullivan Room of the MLK Union. The clinics take place on the following days:
  • September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, September 29, October 4, October 11, and October 18.

Please note: There is a fee to participate. The cost is $30 for students and $75 for state employees. Upon completion of the program, state employees may submit for reimbursement through Central Management Services.

Additional Resources:
http://www.eiu.edu/herc/freedomfromsmoking.php

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Immunizations at EIU

Throughout the past year, immunizations have been a hot topic, especially in the media. So, why is it important to get vaccinated? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, if an unvaccinated person is exposed to a disease germ, the person's body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Before vaccines, many people died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio, just to name a few.

In order to ensure the health and well being of our campus and community, EIU requires that all students provide proof of immunizations. Check out the information below regarding Illinois law, how to submit your immunization records, immunizations available at Health Service, as well as other useful information on the processes here at Eastern Illinois University!

ILLINOIS LAW
Illinois Law Public Act 85-1315 requires that all persons born on or after January 1, 1957 entering a four year public or private institution of higher education provide proof of immunizations. Students must provide the Health Service with proof of immunity by August 1 for the fall semester or December 15 for the spring semester.
The required immunizations include: Diphtheria/Tetanus (DT) within the past 10 years and two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) after the first birthday.
SUBMITTING YOUR IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
Students who are enrolled in six or more hours of on-campus classes need to provide proof of immunizations. International students are required to provide proof of 3 DT’s and 2 MMR’s. Failure to send immunization records to the Health Service will result in a $35 non-compliance charge and a hold placed on the student’s university records.
There are several things to take into account when submitting your immunization records:
  • For students under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the bottom portion of the university’s immunization form. This allows for consent for the student to be treated if necessary.
  • All immunization records must be signed and dated by a nurse or physician. Signature stamps are NOT allowed.
  • If students have had Measles, Mumps, or Rubella, lab results from blood tests are required for proof of immunity.
  • Records that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Students may either fax their records to (217) 581-3899 or mail them to the following address:
Eastern Illinois University
Health Service
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920-3099

IMMUNIZATIONS AVAILABLE AT THE HEALTH SERVICE
  • Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR): $85
  • Tdap: $60
  • Meningitis: $130
  • Hepatitis A: $95 per injection (2 injections)
  • Hepatitis B: $80 per injection (3 injections)
  • Typhoid: At cost
  • TB Tests: $15 per step
  • Flu: FREE

EXEMPTIONS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED
Medical contraindication: A written, signed and dated statement from a physician stating the vaccine(s) contraindicated and duration OR medical condition that contraindicated the vaccine(s).
Religious exemptions: A written, signed, and dated statement by the student (parent/guardian if student is a minor) describing his/her objection to immunization based on bona fide religious tenets or practice.
Pregnancy or suspected pregnancy: A signed and dated statement from a physician stating the student is pregnant with anticipated due date.
HOURS & CONTACT INFORMATION
The Clinic’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the academic year. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8 AM to noon.

For additional information or questions, please call the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, e-mail health@eiu.edu, or visit www.eiu.edu/health.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Don’t Let the Rays Ruin Your Day!


Summer can be one of the most exciting times of the year. Most students are free from academic priorities, which allows more time for leisure activities. Some, if not most, of these activities occur in outdoor environments, which poses more of threat than many of us believe.

Sun safety is a topic that needs to be closely addressed at all ages due to the physical damage it creates on the body if not taken seriously. The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can start damaging the skin in as little as 15 minutes.

Here are some basic tips to help prevent the rays from ruining your day:

  • Protective Sunscreen (15+ SPF)

  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours

  • The suns strongest hours are between 10 AM and 2 PM

  • Protective wear will help (hats, clothing, sunglasses)

  • Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps

Currently skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Melanoma is considered the most deadly form of skin cancer and is projected to have 75,000+ diagnoses in 2016 just in the United States. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are directly correlated to UV rays.

Here are some more facts and statistics on some areas that lead to skin cancer:

Melanoma

  • One person dies of melanoma every hour

  • Melanoma accounts for less than 1% of skin cancer cases, but leads in skin cancer deaths

  • A person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has been sunburned 5 times or more 

Tanning

  • Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is considered a human carcinogen

  • More people develop skin cancer due to tanning than lung cancer due to smoking

  • Individuals that have used a tanning bed 10 or more times in their lives are 34% more likely to develop melanoma 

  • No such thing as a "healthy" tan.

Skin Aging

  • 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun

  • Those who use a sunscreen with 15+ SPF show 24% less skin aging than those who do not

Remember....

Having fun in the sun does come with a cost if not approached properly. Simply taking these small precautions could help prevent more serious problems later on in life. The sun can be your friend or your enemy, it is up to you!

Questions & Contact Information

If you think the sun has caused a negative effect on your body please set up an appointment today by contacting Health Service at (217) 581-3013. You may also make an appointment online by visiting www.eiu.edu/health, login to MyHealth Portal on PAWS, or stop by the Human Services building.

More information regarding sun safety can be found at www.eiu.edu/herc/sunsafety.php.

Additional Resources