#024 – College Student Health – An Interview with Dr. Jill Grimes

A major concern for almost everyone who has a child in college this fall is their student’s health in the midst of COVID-19. Whether your student is going to be on campus or learning remotely, there are some basic preventive practices that all students should know. In this episode, Lynn and Vicki talk with Dr. Jill Grimes, author of The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook, and specialist in college student health. Dr. Grimes shares valuable information, tips, and strategies about what to do and not to do to avoid getting sick. She also shares personal experiences and advice about common college student health questions, as well as essential tips for parents putting together that all-important college dorm first aid kit. Parents will feel informed and reassured after listening to Dr. Grimes’ frank discussion.

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In this informative interview, Lynn and Vicki chat with Dr. Jill Grimes author of the new book: The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness and medical expert now working part-time at the University of Texas at Austin. As the proud parent of two daughters, Dr. Grimes has also lived the college parent experience.

During our interview, we covered a lot of ground, some of it COVID related and some general college health concerns.

We learned a lot about the best masks for students and what makes some better than others.  If you’d like to gather even more information, check out Dr. Grimes’ blog to learn more. Confused About COVID-19 Masks? Let’s Talk.

Dr. Grimes also shared some suggestions about how to put together the ultimate first aid kid to send to school with your student.  And a reminder to include instructions about how and when to use various medications. You can follow up with that list on her website. The Best 2020 College First Aid Kit.

We also asked Dr. Grimes about what paperwork parents and students should complete before students head to college and she shared a website that gives parents the forms they need.  Check out Mama Bear Legal Forms for more information.

And, of course, the best way to have all of this great information at your fingertips is to send The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook to school with your student.  Be sure to check it out (and you may want to get an extra copy for yourself)!

You can check out our review of the book here.

As we always do, we asked Dr. Grimes if she had any other books she would recommend to parents and she shared two titles with us.  You may want to check them out as well.

The Campus Cure: A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College Students by Marcia Morris

Life Without ED: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer

Don’t forget that you can listen to all of our previous podcast episodes here or subscribe for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

Let us know what you’d like to hear about on future podcasts! Leave a comment below or email us at podcast@collegeparentcentral.com.


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