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Spring Break Tips

  1. 1. Spring BreakHave fun and be safe during your week off Office of Health Education and Promotion Health Services (603) 862-3823 www.unh.edu/health-services
  2. 2. The safest way to have a fun and memorablespring break is to limit or eliminate alcohol use. If you choose to drink, think about this:• It is your choice to drink or not, don’t be pressured by peers or events.• Know your personal limit and stick to it each and every time you drink.• Space your drinks out to approximately one drink per hour.• Hydrate with nonalcoholic beverages and eat before and while drinking to avoid spikes in blood alcohol concentration.• Remember to party with friends and leave with your friends, don’t get isolated from your group.
  3. 3. Alcohol Safety & Spring Break• Remember that your physical and emotional state can influence how alcohol will effect you.• Don’t mix alcohol with any other prescribed, non-prescription, or illegal drugs.• Don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks. These combinations can increase risks of accidents and lead to increased and unexpected intoxication. Remember, you don’t need to drink to have fun. Don’t hesitate to say “no thank you” when offered a drink!
  4. 4. How To Help A Friend Who Had Too Much To Drink• Call 9-1-1 immediately.• Keep the person still to prevent them from falling or fainting.• Don’t walk them or give them a cold shower to sober them up. The best remedy is time.• Don’t give them food, drinks, or other drugs.• Don’t laugh, ridicule, argue, or provoke.• If the person is vomiting, stay with them. Keep the person from lying down. If they are already lying down, turn their head to one side to avoid choking.• If unconscious, try to wake them up. If you notice that their breathing is shallow or irregular, or if skin color is washed out, get immediate medical attention.
  5. 5. Be Cautious Ladies… Alcohol Discriminates If a woman drinks the same amount of alcohol as a man, she will have a 25‐30% higher blood alcohol level. Women’s bodies have less body mass and a lower % body water than men. Women have lower levels alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme that breaks down alcohol, than men. Premenstrual hormonal changes cause intoxication to happen faster in the days right before a woman gets her period. Alcohol increases estrogen levels. Hormonal contraceptives and other medicine with estrogen increase intoxication.
  6. 6. Sexual Assault Rohypnol (roofies) and GHB (gamma‐hydroxybutrate), in combination withalcohol, can induce cause you to have a difficult time talking, walking, feel dizzy,and you may pass out, and experience a blackout with memory loss. Thesedrugs are odorless and tasteless remaining undetected. Alcohol is the #1 “date rape” drug. Although you may trust the people youare with, remember to always know your limits and stick to them. Don’t accept drinks from anyone you don’t know well and never leave yourdrink unattended. If you are accepting a drink, make sure it is from anunopened container and that you open it yourself. Sexual Assault Help If you think you have been assaulted, you can contact SHARPP 24/7 at (603) 862-SAFE (7233).
  7. 7. Safer Sex & Spring Break If you choose to be sexually active… Have sober sex. Use condoms & dental dams. Get consent. Free condoms available at Health Services.
  8. 8. Condom Sense! How to use a condom for anal, oral, and vaginal intercourse. 1. Open the package carefully, so that you do not tear the condom. 2. Put a drop or two of lube inside the condom. 3. If not circumcised, roll back foreskin. 4. Place the rolled condom over the tip of the hard penis. 5. Hold tip of the condom to squeeze out air and leave room for semen (friction against air bubbles causes most condom breaks). 6. Unroll the condom with the other hand all the way to the base of the penis. 7. Have wonderful sex. 8. After ejaculation, hold condom at base of penis while pulling out and throw it away. Never use a condom more than once. Image taken from www.thebody.com/content/art12636.html
  9. 9. Condom Sense!How to turn a condom into a dental dam for oral sex. 1. Remove non-lubricated condom from package. 2. Partially unreel condom and cut horizontally across the top, removing the tip (See Cut 1). 3. Then, cut vertically up the side and unroll (See Cut 2). 4. The result should be a rectangular piece of latex to be used during cunnilingus or analingus.Free condoms and dental dams available at Health Services
  10. 10. Had Unsafe Sex?Confidential HIV Testing and Counseling$25/per test (no needles and get results in 20 minutes)Thursdays 11:030 am – 1:30 pm in Health Services Room 249Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) TestingPrice variesCall (603) 862-2856 for an appointmentPregnancy Testing and Options CounselingCall (603) 862-2856 for an appointmentEmergency Contraception (EC)Available at the Health Services Pharmacy$25Must be 18 years old to purchase Free condoms available at Health Services
  11. 11. Travel Safely Car Safety Travel Safety• Always wear your seatbelt. • Take all necessary IDs.• Drive the speed limit. • Carry your wallet close to your• Don’t talk or text on your cell phone body. while driving. • Always lock your motel/hotel• Don’t drive if you are tired and take door. frequent breaks. • Use the buddy system when• Make sure you have car safety gear you go out. in your trunk (jumper cables, flares, • If traveling out of the country, etc.). have needed immunizations. • Make sure someone at home knows where you are traveling and how to contact you, if needed. • Know and obey other state and country laws.
  12. 12. Not Traveling?• Sleep.• Eat well.• Do something you enjoy: read a book that isn’t a textbook, go shopping, go hear a band play, or see a movie.• Do something special for yourself—get a massage.• Take nice deep breaths.• Carve out time with family & friends.• Spend time outside, it helps reenergize and relax the body, mind, and spirit.• Do something not school or work related that you have needed or wanted to do.• Do something physical (and it doesn’t have to be exhausting) – take a walk, snow shoe, run, go bowling, or even dancing!• Laugh! You don’t have to travel to have a great spring break!
  13. 13. Practice Safe Sun• ALWAYS wear SPF 30 sunscreen (whether you are in the sun or not).• Reapply sunscreen often.• Avoid tanning booths – they won’t protect your skin from the tropical sun! And it is not good for your skin!• Wear sunglasses with UV protection.• Drink plenty of water.
  14. 14. Love Your Body, Respect Your Body• Practice the non-diet approach and avoid focusing on calories and grams of key nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate).• Diets don‘t work and can be hazardous to your health.• Don’t “Fat Talk” about yourself or to your friends. Surround yourself with people who are body positive.
  15. 15. Take Care of Yourself this Spring Break Don’t forget about fruits and vegetables and choose whole grains, if they are available. If you are leaving the U.S., keep food and water safety in mind. Choose fruits and vegetables that have a peel you can remove instead of those that need to be washed. Go for a walk or find physically active things to do! Dont skip meals if youre on vacation. Stay hydrated, especially if your spending time in the sun or traveling. If you plan to eat out a lot, look at the menu choices carefully. Bring snacks to the airport if traveling so you dont go hungry. Eat breakfast to prepare you for your day of adventures.
  16. 16. Continue To Take Care of Yourself After BreakVisit the Office of Health Education & Promotion, Health Services(603) 862-3823 or room 249http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohepSchedule an appointment with a Wellness Educator/Counselor tospeak about: Stress management Meditation practices Anger management Relationships Sleep concerns Nutrition, eating concerns and body image Alcohol, tobacco or other drug concernsWe can also make you an appointment… To get a Traditional or Hot Stone MASSAGE!!! Use the biofeedback machine Sit in front of the light therapy lamp and more!