Posts for the Topic Health Services

Using proper hand washing to avoid winter colds and flus

person washing hands

With cold and flu season approaching quickly you might be wondering how to prevent yourself from losing time to sickness this winter. One thing you can do is get your flu shot. Health Services is hosting a Community Flu clinic this week in the SLC where you can get your flu shot to protect yourself from the strains of flu that are predicted to be most virulent this year. Aside from that, practising proper and frequent hand washing can help you to avoid picking up the latest cold and flu. So what does it mean to practice proper hand washing?

FAQs about the flu and the flu shot

Flu virus

With cold and flu season coming up, you might be wondering whether or not to get a flu shot this year. The answer is yes! Health Services provides flu clinics in October and November to help make it easy and convenient to get your flu vaccine and help stop the spread of influenza.

What is Influenza?

Eating healthy during stressful times

blueberries and strawberries in a bowl

When we’re under stress, oftentimes our first inclination is to skip meals or grab something quick but unhealthy. However, research shows that our need for nutrients increases during times of stress and that there is a more rapid turnover of protein, fat and carbohydrates that your body needs to produce energy.

Healthy eating basics

Basket of vegetables

Eating nutritious, healthy meals on a regular basis is an important foundation for your self-care routine. Sometimes eating well can seem like a complicated process or a chore. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep these basics in mind to help plan out your weekly meals:

Campus Wellness is here for you

People in the waiting area at Counselling Services

Welcome, new and returning Warriors! Campus Wellness is excited to be here to support you as you come back to campus or are just arriving for the first time. Here’s an overview of some of the Campus Wellness services you can access as a University of Waterloo student:

Bug bites and stings

Bee on a lavendar flower

With the summer months upon us, you’ll likely be outside more and consequently, you might end up getting a bug bite or sting. Health Services sees an increase in visitors looking for more information about bites that they’ve received over the summer.

Here’s some frequently asked questions about bug bites and stings:

FAQs about STIs


What is an STI?

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are infectious diseases that are spread through any type of sexual contact.

Why is it important to get tested?

Five sun protection tips for summer

Two girls lying on a dock wearing sun glasses

With beautiful summer weather happening you’ll be tempted to spend more time outside. Whether you’re hiking, having a picnic, canoeing at Laurel Creek, or studying on the grass on campus, you’ll want to make sure you don’t get too much sun. Getting too much sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration or heat stroke. Here are five ways you can enjoy the summer sun more safely:


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