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What can I do to help keep my daughter healthy while she’s away at college?

As your high school graduate looks forward to the college experience, there are some basic health tips you should discuss with her: developing good hygiene habits including frequent hand washing, assuring that all vaccinations that are necessary have been provided including the HPV vaccination, making sure that there is an awareness of local health care on campus or near campus, getting adequate sleep and eating a well-balanced diet. It’s also important to have open conversations about protected sex and a knowledge of how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Make sure that your college freshman has a good understanding about sexual abuse and violence that can occur in the college campus setting. Many college orientation programs address this issue, but this is a subject that should be transparently discussed and reinforced with your son or daughter.