Watkins Health Services offers our students a variety of resources for health information which include speaking directly with a WHS provider, contacting one of our Health Educators, using the patient portal and by providing the outside Resources & Links noted below.
This page contains public links to sites that are used and recommended by the WHS staff. This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of trained professionals.
Most frequently used by the WHS staff, this site has information about medical conditions, medications and wellness. This website is written by over 3,600 clinicians and has over 7,300 topics.
WebMD provides health information and interactive tools for managing your health. The site also features a symptom checker, several blogs, community forums for discussing medical issues and an "Ask the Experts" feature, which allows you to ask questions of medical professionals.
Through collaboration between more than 3,700 physicians, scientists and researchers of the Mayo Clinic, this Internet resource offers health information, interactive symptom checker, and disease management tools to empower you to manage your health.
This website, run by health educators at Columbia University, has a wealth of information on many topics, including STDs. Either search your question or submit your question to be answered.
The American Sexual Health Association's website provides information about many STDs, decreasing your risk, talking to your health care provider and your partner. Web-based interactive services provide information, counseling and referrals on sensitive health topics, such as STDs and cervical cancer prevention.
A self-help library specifically tailored for KU students containing information and practical suggestions on a variety of topics relevant to college student life.
Campus Blues is a Web site for college and university students looking for more information about ways to handle and approach the stresses and issues of college life. There are many articles by psychologists and counselors that provide sound advice about mental health and social well-being issues.
Nutrition & Fitness
MyFitnessPal is a health and fitness community with easy to use tools to track your nutritional intake and exercise levels. Features include free online calorie counter, diet plans and nutritional facts for over 1 million foods.
SparkPeople offers nutrition, health and fitness tools, support and resources. This website also features personalized diet and fitness plans, calorie counter, workout tracker, exercise demos and videos. Get answers from dietitians and trainers on message boards. Connect with others like you in their support teams.
Based on the USDA dietary guidelines symbolized in the shape of a plate called MyPlate, this site helps with counting calories, shows how much a person is eating of the various food groups and helps with portions and tracking. Interactive tools help users create their own customized food plans.
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Like many universities nationwide, KU is not immune to the problem of excessive alcohol consumption by students. Our goal is to inform and educate students on alcohol use to keep them safe and out of trouble. This website includes facts, laws, policies, tips and tools, alternatives, resources and more.
Research shows that the more techniques a person uses to reduce the risk and potential harm associated with drinking, the less likely he or she will experience negative consequences (e.g., hangovers, regret, memory loss, etc.). There are many risk reducing strategies. One easy way to remember a few is through the acronym "MAPP."
The NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.
This website answers questions about both illegal and prescription drugs. For drug identification, the site offers a comprehensive gallery of photos. Enter forums to connect with other visitors for personalized discussion.
Other Health Topics
This CDC site gives comprehensive information about staying healthy before and during traveling. Individuals can search their destination locations to get more specific health information, including recommended vaccines.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's site for prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, supplements and herbal information. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions and drug interactions.
Go Ask Alice is a health Q&A Internet resource specifically for college students. It provides users with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent health information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body, such as the kidney, spine and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. If you want to be screened for TB or have questions about being screened, please contact our Nurse Helpline at 785-864-9583.
For further information, please refer to the Tuberculosis FAQ page.
Please see the Meningitis FAQ page for more information.