Caring for Your Body

Your body is like a high-tech computer. And, as with computer programming, you get out of it what you put into it. Preventative medicine, taking care of illness, raising your heart rate, and getting quality fuel, are some of the ways to keep your body and brain functioning well.

College students are extremely busy, have many demands placed on them, and come from a variety of economic backgrounds. No matter what your situation, follow these tips:

  • Avoid catching an illness by getting vaccinated, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your distance from others who are sick.
  • Eat healthfully to stay protected from illness and enhance academic performance. Find easy, simply recipes that provided a balanced diet. Need more motivation? Consider cooking for the week with a group of friends or making freezer meals together monthly.
  • Work efficiently during the day to ensure you get in eight hours of sleep nightly.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking 7-8 cups of fluids daily and getting another 20% from food.
  • Drink your calories wisely by choosing low-fat options, black coffee, or red wine instead of adding creamer or consuming hard liquor.
  • Keep exercise simple and interesting by doing activities you like. Walk or bike instead of driving if going to a gym is too time consuming or expensive.

Resources To Stay Physically Healthy

A look at some of the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Exercise and Spas

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center*

Field House*

Top Health Clubs and Gyms

Apps to Workout at Home
Daily BurnNike Training ClubSeven

*Free to enrolled UI students.

UI Food Pantry
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Food Pantry at Iowa 
Free to any UI ID cardholder

Community Crisis Center and Food Bank 
Iowa City

Coralville Community Food Pantry

Agape Cafe 
Free breakfast on Wednesdays

Area Grocery Stores 
Aldi, Stringtown Grocery  (Kalona), Fareway, Trader Joe's,

Farmers Markets
Fresh and local.
Iowa City
University Heights