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Health Matters Newsletter

Student Health Center
State University of New York
Fredonia, NY 14063

Location:LoGrasso Hall

Phone: (716) 673-3131

Fax: (716) 673-4722


Office Hours

Academic Year

8:00 am-5:00 pm M-F


8:00 am-4:00 pm M-F


H1N1 Flu : What you should know!

Hand Washing 101

Hand washing: A simple way to prevent infection

Did you know?

Hand washing is a simple habit - one that requires minimal training and no special equipment.  Yet, it's one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.  This simple habit requires only soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer -- a cleanser that doesn't require water. 

When should you wash your hands?

It's impossible to keep your bare hands germ-free,  however, there are times that exist when it's critical to wash you hands to limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

Always wash your hands:

-After using the bathroom.
-After changing a diaper.
-After touching animals or animal waste.
-Before and after you eat.
-Before and after preparing food, especially before and immediately after handling raw meat, poultry or fish.
-After blowing your nose.
-After coughing or sneezing into your hands.
-Before and after treating wounds or cuts.
-Before and after touching a sick or injured person.
-After handling garbage.
-Before inserting or removing contact lenses.
-When using public restrooms, such as those in airports, train stations, bus stations and restaurants.

Proper hand-washing techniques

Good hand-washing techniques include washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Antimicrobial wipes or towelettes are just as effective as soap and water in cleaning your hands .

Just a word on antibacterial soaps.

Antibacterial soaps , although popular, are no more effective at killing germs than are regular soap and water.  Using these antibacterial soaps may lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the products' antimicrobial agents, therefore, making it harder to kill these germs in the future. In general, regular soap is fine.  

How to wash your hands with soap and water

-Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply liquid or bar soap. Lather well.

-Rub your hands vigorously together for at least 15 seconds.

-Scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.  The scrubbing will loosen and remove bacteria from your hands.

-Rinse well.

-Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel.

-Use a towel to turn off the faucet.

How to wash you hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don't require water , and are an excellent alternative to hand washing, especially in areas where soap and water are not readily available.  

-Apply about 1/2 tsp of the product to the palm of your hand.

-Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of your hands, until they are dry.

Stress Management 101

It is September, and you are a freshman in college. You are away from home for the first time, settling in to new surroundings, a roommate, and cafeteria food. The first day of class has come and went leaving you with a pile of books, schedules, and endless projects to be done. Your roommate, also a first time freshman, has been enjoying the college life hosting parties every evening of the week. You are sleep deprived, your stomach aches from all that take out food, and Thanksgiving break seems so far away.

College can be one of the most exciting times in your life, and it can be one of the most stressful. Stress is a fact of life, and the demands of college can leave you with feelings of being overwhelmed. This issue of the newsletter is focused on how to recognize the symptoms of stress, and what to do to manage them.

Symptoms of stress

Besides the obvious complaints of tenseness, anxiety and nervousness, our bodies can exhibit stress in fatigue, nail biting, hair twirling, a rise in blood pressure, an upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation. You might have difficulty sleeping or feel restless as well.

What you can do to handle stress

Change your attitude

  • Get perspective! Ask yourself, "How important will this seem in a week, month, year or twenty years. " Remember that it is not the event itself that is stressful, but the way in which your perception of the event is and what you do about it.
  • Be positive and don't put yourself down. Remember, nobody is perfect and luckily, you don't have to be.
  • Be flexible. Real life situations involve unexpected interruptions.

Take care of yourself

  • Balance physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep
  • Build a support system. Friends and family can be your strongest allies.
  • Take routine breaks from schoolwork. It will keep you more alert and productive.
  • Don't skip meals. Food provides energy to tackle stress
  • Live within your means. Overspending can be very stressful.
  • Listen to peaceful music to unwind.
  • Meditation and relaxation exercises. Relaxation Techniques can combat the stress response by helping the body return to a balanced state and reverse some of the psychological effects of stress response ( i.e.: elevated blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. Examples include and are not limited to breathing exercises, body awareness, meditation, visualization and guided relaxation.
  • Laugh! Go see a funny movie, a comedy show, or call up a silly friend.
  • Be here now. The single task (or pleasure!) before you is all that you need to focus on now.
  • Pamper yourself
  • Exercise. Daily exercise, including stretching, breathing and aerobic exercises is important lifestyle habits to develop for relief of anxiety and stress.

Manage your time

  • Use a daytimer to schedule all of your commitments and social events.
  • Make a daily "to do " list
  • Prioritize your duties
  • Be selective. You can't do everything. Quality is more important then quantity
  • Learn to take power naps. A 20 minute nap can reenergize you for hours.
  • Budget your time. Study while on the bus, review between classes, read while eating.
  • Don't be overcommitted. Learn to say "no"
  • Set aside some time to have fun.
  • Know your peak energy times and prioritize your activities when you know your energy is at its highest.
  • Focus on one thing at a time.

Welcome to the Health Center

We are here for you.

Welcome to the Health Matters Newsletter, published monthly by the Health Center and part of the weekly Campus Report.  Its purpose is to share information regarding pertinent medical issues with students, faculty and staff here at SUNY Fredonia.  This article will be dedicated to welcoming you to the LoGrasso Hall Health Center , and explaining our services offered both here in the Health Center and through our Health Center home page.

Many students are unaware that Health Services are available free of charge on campus in LoGrasso Hall.  The Student Health Center is open to all SUNY Fredonia students. Those who have paid the mandatory health fee are seen at no charge.  Students are seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis. 

The staff includes a doctor, nurse practitioners, nurses and a medical technologist.  They provide confidential care for your individual needs.  Whether your needs are simply talking to someone, or actual care for an illness or injury, the Health Services offered at LoGrasso Hall can be your first step in getting the help that you may need.

In the event that a referral is indicated, we can assist with the arrangements.  Obvious emergency situations would be treated at the Brooks Memorial Hospital.

How to Use the Health Services

The Health Center is located at the main entrance to LoGrasso Hall.  As you enter, a receptionist will ask that you fill out an information card so your record can be located.  A nurse will then evaluate you.  Many times, a nurse can assist you with your problem, however, if further evaluation is needed, she will arrange for you to see one of our providers. 

Clinical Hours during Academic Session

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lab Hours

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  and  2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Clinical Hours during Summer and mid-semester breaks

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

When the Health Center is closed

Medical care is available at Brooks Memorial Hospital on a fee for service basis.  Services received outside of the Health Center (i.e. area hospitals/emergency rooms, laboratories, specialists) are not covered by the Health Fee, and are billed on a fee for service basis.

Health Services offered here at LoGrasso Hall include:

Ambulatory Care
The health center staff is available to assist students with any illness, injury, or health concern.  If a student is ill or simply has a question regarding a health matter, they should seek advice and treatment at the health center.

There is a small laboratory located within the health center. A CBC (complete blood count), throat culture and urinalysis can be done in the college lab.  Testing for mononucleosis is also available.

The on-site pharmacy stocks several common over the counter medications.  A limited number of prescription medications, such as penicillin, are also available.  These may be dispensed by the medical providers if needed.  Prescriptions for other medications may be written at the discretion of the medical provider.

Health Education
The health center has educational materials including pamphlets on many health-related topics.  Educational programs on wellness and other pertinent health issues are offered on campus.  There are also links found on the Health Center Website for common health related issues.  The Health Matters Newsletter is published on a monthly basis both on the Health Center Website as well as in the campus report.  This newsletter often contains health information regarding pertinent issues on health related topics.

Immunizations and allergy shots
The campus health center does administer some vaccinations.  Vaccinations for hepatitis B, meningitis and influenza are available.  Fees are charged for these vaccines and may vary each year.

Allergy injections are administered to students on a limited basis.  The health center staff will administer allergy injections only if the student has reached a stable, maintenance dosage.  For example, the student receives the same dose each week or month.  The student must provide their own serum and specific orders from the prescribing allergist. Allergy injections that are on a "build up" phase cannot be given.   The health center does charge $35.00 per semester for this service.  The health center staff can assist with making arrangements for the students to receive build up allergy injections at a local physician's office if requested.

Contact the Health Center at 673-3131 for any questions or for further information on this policy.

Preventive Health
Physicals for sports, volunteer and international travel are performed through the health center at no additional cost to the student.  Sports physicals are performed for all athletic teams competing for SUNY Fredonia.  The student must have an initial complete physical from his/her primary care physician or pediatrician on file in the Health Center. 

Self-Care Center
A self-care area is located in the lobby of the health center.   A student may fill out a simple card and take a self-car packet without waiting to see a nurse or a provider.  Self-care packets are available for:

  • Common Cold Pack (Multi-symptom, Coradin Forte, and cough drops)
  • Wound Care Pack (Bandaids and Bacitracin Ointment)
  • Ibuprofen Pain Relief Pack (Ibuprofen)
  • Acetaminophen Pain Relief Pack (Generic for Tylenol)

Absence Verification

Colds and minor health problems should not prevent class attendance.  If you miss a class due to a more serious health problem, and have been evaluated at the Health Center, explain the situation to your professor(s).  It is the policy of the Student Health Center to NOT issue an excuse from class or written verification that you were seen here.  In the event that the illness requires that you miss one week or more of classes, and you have been appropriately evaluated at the Health Center, then a verification can be issued at the nurse's discretion.

With the exception of emergency situations in which a student is unable to assume responsibility, all medical information is confidential in accordance with The State University of New York at Fredonia Notice of Privacy Practices.  The LoGrasso Hall Health Center will not share information concerning the health of a student without the student's explicit and informed written authorization.  Notification of parents, College faculty , and administrators is considered the student's responsibility.

Health Center Home Page

The LoGrasso Hall Health Center home page is designed to provide students, parents, faculty and staff with information concerning services offered as well as information about health related topics.  The home page is accessed through the home page.  We can be found by clicking on the "Administration" tab followed by the "Student Affairs" tab, and then the "Health Center" tab.   As the home page is brought up into view, a picture of our staff and our mission statement are located prominently in the middle of the page.

To the left, are tabs that will assist you in navigating to the information that you may need.

  • Clinical Hours. Gives the schedule in which the Health Center is open and those hours in which our satellite laboratory is open as well.  It is important to know that if the Health Center is not open, and you are having an emergency that the best place for you to go would be the Brooks Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Services received outside of the Health Center are not covered by the Health Fee, and are billed on a fee for service basis.
  • Staff. This section displays pictures of our staff members, and where they received their training.
  • Patient Rights and Responsibilities. This section describes your rights as a patient including confidentiality as well as the responsibility you hold as being a patient.
  • Health Center Services.  Gives a description of the free services in which we provide here at the Health Center covered through your Health Fee.
  • Community and Campus Services.  This section provides information for health services available through the community and campus such as the Chautauqua County Health Department and BCIC.
  • Self Care Center. Provides information and suggested treatments for common illnesses seen here at the Health Center.
  • Immunization Requirements. This section is important when competing the required health history form.  It provides descriptions of those immunizations required in order to attend school here at SUNY Fredonia.
  • Health Insurance.  Although SUNY Fredonia does not require students to carry health insurance, it is recommended.  If you are no longer able to get health insurance through a parent, then this tab will direct you to a company who provides health insurance to students for a nominal cost.
  • Students traveling abroad.  This section provides information and links for those requiring immunizations for travel abroad.  This information can also be obtained through the Chautauqua County Health Department.
  • Forms.  This section has "printable" versions of the health history form and requests for transfer of medical records.
  • Frequently asked Questions
  • Health Matters Newsletter. This section houses previously displayed newsletters.
  • Health Information Links. This section offers several links that provide an abundance of information on health related issues for college students. 

To the right is a section labeled "Read Important News" .  It is in this section that pertinent information about health alerts will be listed for the SUNY Fredonia campus.  This section also includes information about the following:

Finally, in the right lower corner of the Health Center home page is the Health Center Newsletter.

Health Center Hot Topics


"Health Center Hot Topics" is a program designed by the LoGrasso Hall Health Center to promote Health Education to the students here at SUNY Fredonia.    The program is intended to work directly with the Resident Hall Directors and Assistants in developing a schedule of small presentations and/or discussions regarding pertinent health related issues to be presented in the dormitories as part of their educational forum.   These programs would run biweekly or monthly through the fall/spring semesters.  A calendar of events will be kept in the Health Center, published on the Health Center home page, as well as in the Health Matters Newsletter which is linked to the campus report.   Organizing place, time and advertisement would be up to the individual RD/RA for the particular dorm in which the program will be held.  The following are examples but are not limited to topics that can be discussed. 

  • 1) Welcome to the Health Center. We are here for you.
  • 2) Nutrition 101
  • 3) Stress Management
  • 4) Strategies to keep your heart healthy
  • 5) AIDs: What you should know
  • 6) STDs/HPV
  • 7) Alcohol: What you don't know can harm you
  • 8) It could be a cold or is it the Flu
  • 9) Hand Washing 101
  • 10) Eating Disorders
  • 11) Simple First Aid
  • 12) Many other topics.....

 For anyone who is interested in scheduling one or more of these programs, please contact Debbie Dibble, N.P.  at the LoGrasso Hall Health Center either via phone 673-3131 or email  


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