The State University College at Geneseo teaches students to manage their own health.

Patti Singer

Regardless of your major at the State University College at Geneseo, you’re expected to finish with a degree of competence in managing your own health.

Before they step on campus, students receive a tip sheet of actions that promote health. Once they arrive, the reminders continue in various forms and on different platforms. The lessons are about getting enough sleep, healthy eating, mental health and also the basics of how to make an appointment and how to get the most out of that encounter. Students also are reminded to know what their health insurance covers.

“We want to educate them about their health as they move forward,” said Dr. Steven Radi, director of the Student Health and Counseling Center. “This is just four years out of their lives. … Right now, they’re young adults. They’re not just children who are being mostly managed by their parents. They have to take their own responsibility.”

Laura-Anne Marra, a senior from Fairport, said learning how to manage her health is one of the most important things she’s learned at Geneseo.

“If you can’t take care of yourself, how will you function in your career and life in general,” said the communication and history major, who for the past two years has been an intern in the campus wellness office.

Marra said students pay more attention when there’s a problem on campus, such as last year’s cases of mumps. But she said many students don’t know about basic preventive care such as regular eye exams or dental cleanings, or aren’t sure what health insurance does. She said her father helped her initially with the checklist, but she checked to make sure her immunizations were up to date and she makes her own appointments.

A canvass of area colleges found that while they provide resources during the academic year, Geneseo’s list of what students should do before they arrive on campus appears uncommon. Schools do require that students supply their health history and a record of their immunizations, but…

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