The most obvious signs that a friend has a drinking problem include:
Before coming to the University of Washington, Colin worked with homeless youth, in HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, and for the Washington State Tobacco Quitline. Colin has a degree in Community Health Education and Political Science from Portland State University and is currently enrolled in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program at University of Washington. In addition to pursuing the Masters in Public Health, Colin is also part of the University’s Tobacco Scholars Program. Colin is primarily motivated by an interest in the social determinants of health, health equity, and access issues.
Outside of work and school, Colin is engaged with a number of social justice oriented civic organizations. In more dedicated off time, Colin enjoys reading, cycling, and spending time with their cat.
The Wellness Wheel is a representation of a person's overall health using spokes to convey a number of important aspects of wellness. Individuals can use these aspects and their extensions to help evaluate and improve their overall health and wellness.
The Wellness Wheel used by Peer Health Educators at the University of Washington encompasses the five important categories of social, mental, physical, cultural, and spiritual health. These categories often overlap with one another, but can also be seen as exclusive in the overall picture of wellness.
When you have sleep apnea, your breathing pauses while you sleep. This can happen many times each night. These pauses last 10-20 seconds. It is estimated that 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
Insomnia is when you can not get enough sleep to feel rested. Insomnia is more than just the number of hours you spend asleep; it is also the quality of your sleep that matters.
Symptoms of insomnia may include:
One of the most frequent problems experienced by college students is fatigue. Students have a busy and demanding lifestyle that often leaves precious few hours for rest. One essential tool in combating fatigue is an adequate amount of restful sleep. While this may vary with different individuals, a minimum of 7 hours can be a good starting point to aim for.
STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.
If you think you may have exposed a partner to your STI or gotten an STI from your partner you should tell them.
You may not have considered it, but every time you read health information, from food labels to medical forms, you're exercising your health literacy skills.
Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make informed health decisions. Health literacy affects your ability to:
The University of Washington has long been a leader in the development and evaluation of prevention programs and intervention efforts targeting risky alcohol use among college students. In fact, researchers at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC) in the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB) in