UW students and faculty submit up to 2 digital submissions to be considered for an exhibit in Hall Health to promote physical and mental well-being.
Any medium will be considered.
Submit artwork images by June 13, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about our May 6, 2014 artwalk here.
Here are some common questions college students have about diet, nutrition, and metabolism:
Come join us for a free workshop with UW graduate and Registered Dietitian Mya Kwon to learn about some things you might have not known about nutrition and metabolism, and how to sort through the web of information and misinformation when it comes to food, diets, and nutrition in the media.
When: 4:30pm, Thursday April 24
Where: Hall Health Center
To RSVP, please contact Mark Shaw, Director of Health Promotion
** Healthy refreshments and gift cards will be provided to participants.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA, is a law intended to reform the health care system and make health insurance more affordable. The law has gone into effect in stages. For example, a provision that requires insurance to fully cover preventive services (like cancer screenings) was implemented in 2010, while the part of the law that stops insurance companies from denying people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions takes effect in 2014.
Say you've already got health insurance. How does Affordable Care Act affect you? Well, there are a couple of ways:
If you already have health insurance, you don't need to do anything new or different, unless your insurance company says so. Be sure to read about the preventive services that are now fully covered by your plan, regardless of whether you have a deductible, co-insurance or co-pays.
If you buy the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through the University of Washington, you should expect to find very little changed. However, SHIP is subject to the same requirements as other health insurance policies, and therefore now fully covers preventive services like birth control and immunizations. You can read about your benefits under SHIP here.
Please note that SHIP will no longer be offered starting Fall Quarter of 2015. Click here for more information.
Starting January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require everyone to purchase a health insurance plan, just like the government requires people who own a car to buy car insurance. Fortunately, if you're a typical college student without much income, there are subsidies available to lower the cost of private insurance. If you are low-income, you might be eligible for public insurance, also known as Medicaid, for which you would not need to pay. As you apply for the insurance through an online exchange, you will be prompted to enter income and demographic information. The system will determine your eligibility for Medicaid and subsidies based on this information.
If you are an uninsured resident of Washington State, you may have two options:
Curious as to how much you might be looking at paying for your health insurance? Here's a special calculator that estimates your monthly payment for health insurance (though keep in mind that you might be eligible for Medicaid if you earn less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Level).
If you enrolling in private insurance through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, there are presently only three plans that are contracted with Hall Health Center and other parts of UW Medicine. They are:
If you find that you qualify for Medicaid (aka Washington Apple Health or DSHS), please be aware that we are contracted with these three plans:
If you enroll in one of these plans, you can receive care, including mental health services, at Hall Health Center. We are not contracted with Community Health Plan of Washington and United Health Care Community Health or have limited services that we are able to provide.
Depending on where you're from, your home state may or may not have its own health insurance exchange (a website set up to facilitate finding and purchasing a health insurance plan). You can use the federal government's Health Insurance Marketplace to get routed to your state's exchange. If your state does not operate an exchange, you can use the federal government's version to buy your plan.
Similarly, your state may not have opted to expand Medicaid eligibility. Read more here about the Medicaid expansion.
There are other elements of the Affordable Care Act that may affect you:
Check out this cartoon-style infographic on what the Affordable Care Act means for young people.
The federal government's HealthCare.gov website offers lots of resources to help you make sense of the Affordable Care Act.
Washington State's Health Plan Finder is where you'll purchase health insurance if you need to buy an individual (i.e., not employer- or parent-sponsored) plan and are a Washington resident.
If you're not a Washington State resident, the federal government's Health Insurance Marketplace can help you purchase a plan.
Authored by: Hall Health Center Health Promotion staff
Reviewed by: Hall Health Center Administration staff, January 2014
Here you'll find useful insights about stopping smoking from the coordinator of UW's tobacco cessation program, Colin Maloney. Contact Colin to learn more about the program at (206) 685-7848 or email@example.com.
You can also check out Tobacco Talk's Facebook page.
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While many people feel that they ought to be able to stop using tobacco “cold turkey,” or without any supports many find that their quit process is made easier through the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products...
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Stress! It’s certainly not the case for everyone, but many people feel that smoking helps them manage their stress. I can relate to this experience as I used to find myself smoking more during my undergraduate program...
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:
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 for 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.