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A student going away to college is an exciting time, but can also be scary and unsettling if he/she has a bleeding disorder. Whether living in a college dorm room or on an off campus apartment, a student will need some basic items to stay healthy. We have provided a short list of essentials to help a college student maintain a healthy lifestyle while away from home and on their own:

College Student

Bleeding Disorder Related Information

  • individualized health plan –should include hemophilia type/severity, medical/treatment plan, medical history and bleeding pattern, and self care steps
  • medical alert
  • address of local hospital
  • address of the nearest Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC)
  • insurance documentation
  • first-aid kid
  • sharps container
  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your cell phone and posted somewhere visible
  • establish a relationship with the disability office and health service center
  • other medication (including vitamins)
  • small refrigerator or storage bin for medication

Fall/Winter Fruit

  • apples
  • grapes
  • oranges or tangerines
  • pears

Essentials (purchase in bulk)

  • oatmeal packs
  • instant soups
  • cold cereals
  • whole grain bread or bagels
  • sandwich spreads (nut butters or condiments)

Snacks

  • whole-grain crackers
  • granola/energy bars (low in sugar)
  • dried fruit/nuts/trail mix
  • dark chocolate (great antioxidants)
  • popcorn or pretzels

Hydration

  • water filter container
  • nutrient-enhanced water
  • probiotic drinks
  • protein shakes
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • coconut water
  • soy, rice or almond milk

Personal Basics

  • shower gel
  • toothpaste and toothbrush
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • vitamins and supplements
  • other must haves

Exercise Gear

  • workout t-shirts and bottoms
  • running/cross-training shoes & socks
  • exercise mat
  • other equipment if they participate a specific sport

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While extensive efforts are made to ensure accuracy of the content of each FitFactor post, these entries are not intended to be construed as medical advice or the official opinion/position of HFA, its staff, or its Board of Directors. Readers are strongly encouraged to discuss their own medical treatment with their healthcare providers.

 

 

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