Health Topics A - Z

Alcohol and Other Drugs

UWRF Alcohol and Other Drug Policies and Info:

Saint Croix County (including River Falls) Medication Disposal Program:link A safe disposal option for old or unneeded prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.  Free and anonymous.

Anabolic Steroid Abuse:link Information from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

e-CHUG Alcohol eCHECKUP:link Hosted by UWRF, e-CHUG is a short, on-line survey that provides you with an accurate, detailed assessment of your alcohol use.

The Facts About Marijuana:link Links to fact sheets and other information.

Heroin Drug Factslink from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)link (US Department of Health and Human Services):  Mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Prescription Painkiller Overdoseslink from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Sober Recovery in River Falls Area:link Recovery resources online. Drug index page has a list of many current illegal drugs of abuse, with special categories for teachers, students, and parents.

UWRF Safer Partying Guidedocument and House Party - Hosting a Successful One:document Made for students by students.


Printable Campus Mapdocument:  

Campus map with breastfeeding/lactation location identified:

  • Agricultural Science Building - Food Science Addition, Room 142 (enter via Women's Rest Room, adjacent lockable locker room space)
  • Wyman Education Building, Room 235 (lockable, sign-in sheet)
  • University Center, Check at Information Desk to access space

WomensHealth.govlink:  Office on Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.  Information and resources on breastfeeding.

www.babycafeusa.orglink:  Breastfeeding support and resources.  Enter zip code or city for local chapters, including River Falls.

Breastfeeding Support and Resources for Western Wisconsindocumentlink:  Created by Pierce County Public Health Department.

Breastfeeding Coalitionlink: Support and resources for Pierce County, WI and Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, MN


Cancer Prevention and Control - Centers for Disease Control:link Information on types of cancer. Many great links and a variety of resources.
The Melanoma Education Fund:link Provides information on the deadly disease, melanoma. This organization was established by the family of Daniel N. Fine, a 26 year old who died in October, 1998 of melanoma. Photographs of the disease from the National Cancer Institute.
The American Cancer Society:link Nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.  Web site contains information on types of cancer, treatment options, prevention, statistics, etc...

The National Cancer Institute:link Coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

College Health Links

Go Ask Alice:link Columbia University Education Program web site. Ask Alice your personal health questions about relationships, sexuality, sexual health, emotional health, fitness, nutrition, alcohol, nicotine & other drugs and any other general health question that plagues you.

Duke University:link Find tons of information of interest to college students.
Northern Arizona University:link Resource guide includes updated information on immunizations, assault prevention, stress management, fitness, self-care, cold & flu and more!

Eating Disorders (NEDA):link Dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders. Whether you are an individual living with an eating disorder, a family member or friend looking to offer support to a loved one, or a treatment professional looking to help others — we have structured our site to address your needs. Links to eating disorders information and personal web sites.
Something Fishy:link Information on definitions, symptoms, helping friends & family. Cultural issues, volunteer information, more resources. Chat rooms, online support. Pregnancy, male issues, and more.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD):link The oldest national non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating eating disorders and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Overeaters Anonymous:link A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating.

General Health Links

WebMD:link Health & Wellness Center. Offering the latest in alternative medicine, diet & nutrition, emotional wellness, fitness, health aging, sexuality and more. Online chat rooms, message boards and resource center. Health topics A - Z.
Health Central:link U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services web site. Extensive information for everyone regarding general & specific health issues. Libraries, journals, dictionaries, hot topics, smart choices, disease prevention, safety tips, first-aid. Great links.
National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine:link Offers thousands of resources for biomedical information awareness & education. Plus many resources in general health. Announcements.
Healthy People:link Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site. Objectives for healthy people. Surveys, reports, information. Contact committees on certain tasks or information.
American Botanical Council:link Information on general herbs - facts, usage, & risks. Locate Herbal Healthcare professionals. Volunteer opportunities. Links to related sites. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education & Research web site.  Quizzes - Test your knowledge. Ask Mayo health providers your questions. Information on cancer, allergies, asthma, heart conditions, men, women.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):link Information on bioterrorism, hoaxes and rumors, etc.
American Institute of Stress:link ARE YOU STRESSED OUT!!!!!!!!!  This site is dedicated to Advancing Our Understanding of: The Role of Stress in Health and Illness.  The Nature and Importance of Mind-Body Relationships.  Our Inherent and Immense Potential for Self-Healing.


Gay and Lesbian Medical Association:link What's new in GLBTQQ issues. Employment, threats, risks for gay & bisexual men. Find a GLBTQQ-friendly physician. Great web links.
Lesbian Health Research Center (LHRC):link Public service to lesbians and their practitioners about health-related topics specific to lesbians. Inquiries are welcome!


Influenza - World Health Organization:link Influenza web page with information about seasonal, avian, and pandemic influenza. In particular, click on Preventing the Flu and Getting Vaccinated. Get Informed. Be Prepared. One-stop access to U.S. Government influenza information. Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


American Dietetic Association:link Nutrition tips, facts, & resources. Food Guide Pyramid. "Rate Your Plate" Quiz. Job information, Find a Dietitian, latest in news topics regarding diet and nutrition, & more.
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center:link 24-hour link to the Medical Center for questions & answers. Information on Brenner Children's Hospital, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Heart Center Neurosciences. Information on volunteering. Find a physician.
Nutrition - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:link Covers a wide spectrum of related topics. Good nutrition is vital to good health, disease prevention, and essential for healthy growth and development of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Physical Activity

Where to Stay Fit in River Falls Guide:document River falls maps, directory and information.

The Wisconsin Governor's Challenge:link Working together with the President's Challenge, it's a brand new program designed to help make fitness simple and fun - and in the process, make Wisconsin healthier.
Get Moving - American Heart Association:documentlink Web site on physical activity in your daily life. This is a great site for all ages, with many different links. Learn tips for exercise success at work, at home, and at play! Learn the benefits from physical activity or just how many calories you burn for a particular activity.
Physical Activity Guide - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:link Examples of moderate amounts of physical activity, a guide to changing behavior, and many additional nutrition links. Plan your meal and see how many calories you consume.
Body Mass Index - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:link Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Physical Activity Plan - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:link Information on making physical activity a part of your life, how to get started and change your lifestyle. Learn recommendations and how to measure your physical activity intensity. A web site from International Health, Racquet, & Sports Club Association. Learn the benefits of physical activity, sufficient amounts of physical activity, and ideas for special populations.

Sexuality, STDs and Pregnancy

151 Ways to Make Love Without Doin' It at UWRF&fileType&

American Social Health Association:link STD information, frequently asked questions, updates, living with HIV, prevention of STDs, newsletter, access to links. Information on contraceptives. "Did you know" section and more!
The Body - Complete HIV/AIDS Resource:link Chat rooms and bulletin boards available. Information for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Resources for gay men. Leading experts answer your questions. Links to other STD informational sites & organizations. Plus a multitude of AIDS information.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America:link Frequently asked questions. Family planning information, newsletters, articles. Information quizzes. - Emergency Contraception:link Office of Population Research at Princeton University web site. Questions & answers regarding emergency contraception & associated benefits/risks. Directory of emergency contraception providers. Emergency contraception fact sheet.

Sexual Assault/Harassment and Date Rape Drugs

UWRF Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment:  What You Need to Know

UWRF Victims of Sexual Assault Resources: Click "Victims of violence or sexual assault" for more information.

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA):link Promotes the social change needed to end sexual violence in Wisconsin.  Click on Our Library for great fact sheets on sexual assault, campus sexual assault, Wisconsin law, etc.
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence:link The mission of Turningpoint is to provide shelter and support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, to educate the community, and to promote the existence of a peaceful society.  Primary service areas are Pierce and St. Croix Counties in West Central Wisconsin. Information on Rohypnol, commonly known as "Roofies," "Rophies," "Rope," and the "Forget Pill.  In many cases Rohypnol is used as a date rape drug because of its ability to affect willpower.


Centers for Disease Control Sleep Pagelink  Sleep resources, risks from insufficient sleep, sleep data, etc.

National Sleep Foundationlink  The National Sleep Foundation website has information about sleep health, sleep problems and disorders, sleep tools and tips, and information on research related to sleep.

10 tips for Better Sleep by WebMDlink  We all have trouble sleeping from time to time, and college students especially tend to have bad sleep habits. You can improve your sleep habits, get better sleep and increase your ability to concentrate in class or focus on homework with these simple steps.

7 Steps to Better Sleep by Mayo Cliniclink  Great simple steps you can start implementing now to get better sleep.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Yahoo! If you're thinking about quitting smoking you have certainly come to the right place! If you are looking for information for another person you care about,  please be sure to refer them to this site.
QuitTime Quit-Meter:link A Windows quitmeter tool that shows you how long you've been smoke-free, how many cigarettes you haven't smoked, how much money you've saved and how much longer you might live by not smoking. So you wanna quit smoking?  Okay, friend, the fun's over. No more hacking coughs, no more shelling out money to Big Tobacco day after day, no more shortness of breath, and no more social alienation. How do you give all this up? That's what we're here to tell you.
The American Lung Association (ALA):link The ALA fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.  This site features information on quitting, nicotine replacement theory information, fact sheets, secondhand smoke and much more.
The American Cancer Society:link The nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.  Web site contains information on types of cancer, treatment options, prevention, statistics, etc.
Tobacco Efforts Worldwide - Centers for Disease Control:link Overview of tobacco efforts in the U.S. and the world with links & information for quitting, comments & questions area, share your thoughts, Surgeon General report.
Office of the Surgeon General:link Site has the latest drugs and counseling techniques for quitting tobacco use and dependence.  Included is a 5-day countdown and a 5-day plan to quit smoking.

Tobacco Control Resource Center for Wisconsin:link This site features tobacco trends in Wisconsin and links to statewide efforts.  Posters and other free stuff are available.
Smoke Free Wisconsin:link Is an organization with a single focus - reducing tobacco use in Wisconsin through policy change. Also learn more about the Wisconsin Children's Initiative, a campaign to reduce youth smoking by raising the price of tobacco and to fund important tobacco prevention programs and Medicaid.
Meet Joe Chemo:link A camel who wishes he'd never smoked cigarettes.  Joe just realized that he's been MaNiPuLaTeD all his life by tobacco companies.  Test your tobacco IQ and more about Joe.
Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco (FACT):link The tobacco industry sees their customers as idiots, pawns that can be played to the tune of billions of dollars in profits.   FACT is a Wisconsin youth led anti-tobacco industry movement beliefs you deserve the truth about big tobacco.

Travel and Health

Travelers' Health Info - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:link Health information on specific destinations. What to know before you go. Click on "Travel Health Tips for Students Studying Abroad" for general health tips while traveling.
United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs:link Information on travel safety abroad in light of the current world situation, travel registration, etc.
UWRF Global Connections Office: Information, support, and resources for those who wish to or plan to travel abroad.
Got Your (Travel) Shots? - Minnesota Department of Health:link Includes a link to an updated list of International Travel Health Clinics in the Twin Cities area and greater Minnesota and lots of other great information and links. 
WebMD:linkComplete travel health information, updated daily, for travelers and physicians.

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