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Dear Parents:

Pointers for Parents - Wellness & Safety

How to help your student stay safe, well, and healthy

Encourage your student to…

1. Make time for fitness

Campus Recreation offers many activities for students. There are weight rooms and cardio equipment that your student can use to work out or they can opt to join a group exercise class. Your student can also join an intramural team or try out for a club sport.

2. Take advantage of the Wellness Center

The Wellness Center offers tools to help students maximize their health and fitness goals. They also offer fitness assessments, fitness consultations, weight room orientations, and an injury consultation program.

3. Hide it - lock it - protect it

Most thefts and burglaries are the result of valuable items being left unattended in plain view and/or by doors (residence hall room doors/vehicle doors) being left unlocked. Your student should avoid leaving items of value unattended and in plain view, even for a short period of time. Concealing items of value and locking the room and vehicle doors can significantly help to protect their property! Your student should also maintain a list of their valuable items including the item's make, model number, and serial number.

4. Avoid alcohol and drug use

Every year students find themselves in situations that may have been avoided had they not been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and/or drug use leads to a reduction in inhibition and good judgment, which can result in students becoming either a victim of a crime or the perpetrator of a crime. During their college years, your student needs to be reminded not to gamble with their future through alcohol or drug use.

5. Choose the 'Healthy Options' menu from Dining Services

Proper nutrition will help your student concentrate during class and provide the energy needed to deal with the rigor of college academics.

6. Use the free services offered by the SIUE Police and Emergency Services

The SIUE Police and emergency service personnel offer several services, including the Police Escort Service, vehicle lockouts, vehicle jumpstarts, Operation Identification, emergency telephones, and campus wide emergency notifications.

7. Ask for help

No one gets anything important done without help. Classmates, friends, family, professors, advisors, counselors and even acquaintances can help if asked. Additional helpful information and assistance can also be obtained at:

Health Services: 650-2842,

Counseling Services: 650-2842,

SIUE Police Dept.: 650-3324,

Campus Recreation: 650-2348,

8. Be aware of surroundings

Encourage your student to know what is going on around them and who is present in their immediate vicinity. Talking on the cell phone or wearing earphones connected to iPods, CD players, portable radios, etc. can distract their attention, reduce their ability to hear peripheral noises and can significantly decrease their ability to sense potential danger. They should always stay alert and trust their instincts.

9. Go to Health Service if they are sick

Being sick for the first time away from home can be tough…but Health Service can be there for your student when they have the sniffles or something more. Encourage them to make an appointment before they feel really awful so they don't miss class and get behind. Services are covered by student fees…except for lab work, testing, and prescriptions.

10. Sign up for e-Lert

SIUE's e-Lert is a text messaging service that will be used to quickly notify faculty, staff and student cell phones when an urgent situation, such as a bomb threat or hostile intruder, occurs or when the University closes due to inclement weather. There is no cost to register for the alerts; however, standard rates may apply if your student's cell phone plan does not include text messaging.

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