Intersession Hours and Fees

Now that summer classes are over for most students, Student Health Service has a change in operating hours from today, July 30-Friday, August 17.

During this period, Student Health is open for general business (dropping off forms, requesting medical records, general information) from 8am-12noon & 1pm-5pm, Monday-Friday.  Patient care hours (for appointments, dressing changes, pharmacy, etc) are 1:30pm-4pm daily.  We are closed Saturday/Sunday.  Please also note:  SHS is CLOSED from 12pm-1pm Monday-Friday.

A visit fee is required during this period to be seen as a patient at SHS (unless you are a dental or medical student who still has class during this time).  The fee is $25 per visit, in addition to any other charges you may incur during your appointment (lab, pharmacy, xray, etc).  The reason there is a visit fee is because during intersession, no student fees are supporting campus services.  We are open as a courtesy and convenience to students even when there are no classes, but your tuition and fees do not cover this period of service.

If you need care when SHS is not open, do not forget about our free 24 hour nurse line.  Just call our main number below and wait on the line.  This service is available to all ECU students.

For more information about our intersession hours or the visit fee for service, call us at (252) 328-6841.

Have you taken action regarding your health insurance coverage yet?  Did you know that all students meeting certain eligibility criteria must have health insurance?  That pop up on your ECU OneStop page that you keep clicking “remind me later” is not just to bother you–it is to remind you to DO SOMETHING!  The deadline to act is September 15th.

Click on the “Waive Out or You’re In” logo above to find out more information as well as give you the link you need to either enroll in the student health insurance plan or provide your existing coverage so you can waive out (and get your $709 back for the semester).

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Greenville is getting ready to experience several days of 100+ temperatures.  Heat related illness is a concern in general in warm weather, but extreme temps up the ante when dealing with potential cases of heat stroke. 

Do you know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke or what to do if someone seems to be having heat related illness problems?  Visit the Mayo Clinic for info on heat stroke and how to prevent it, recognize it, & help someone before it is too late. 

Stay cool Pirates!

Tick removal….a how to guide.

 

Tick

Summer is a great time for camping, gardening, hiking, enjoying the great outdoors….but sometimes, little blood sucking friends like to hitchhike from outside via your skin. There are lots of “home remedies” for removing ticks–using a blown out match, globbing on vaseline, even suffocating the tick in soap to get it to “detatch”.

However, health experts and the CDC recommend a simple grab with tweezers as the best method of removal. Need to learn how to remove a tick? Visit the CDC’s page on tick removal. 

Summer fees…

Now that summer has come, many students are not taking classes but they would still like to utilize Student Health Service (SHS) or the Counseling Center (CCSD).  Not in summer school?  You can still be receive care at SHS & CCSD. 

In order to qualify for services at SHS/CCSD in the summer when you are not taking classes, you must have been enrolled this past spring AND you must be registered for fall classes.  If you meet those criteria, you can be seen at SHS/CCSD for a special summer fee.  The summer fee is necessary because you are not taking classes for the summer or paying any tuition, so you are not paying the usual health fee.  To pay the health fee for either SHS or CCSD service, stop by the Student Health Center.

There are 2 options for paying the summer fee for care at SHS:
Per visit fee $25.00 
OR
Need multiple visits? Pay $60.00 for unlimited visits per summer session.

Need care at CCSD?  One option is available:
 $60.00 per session (the per visit fee is not available for CCSD service)

First summer session fees are charged May 14-June 20.
Second summer session fees are charged June 21-July 27.
Once summer classes end, the only option for the fee is $25 per visit from July 30-Aug 17 (CCSD’s services may be limited during this period)

Questions?  Call SHS at (252) 328-6841 or CCSD at (252) 328-6661.

Have a healthy summer!

Would you eat “frankenfish”? The scoop on genetically modified foods!

Have you stopped to take a minute to think about where the food you eat really comes from? If you get most of your food through a drive-thru window or unwrap it from a package, chances are you are consuming more substances that are unnecessary or even harmful to your body rather than the nutrients needed to maintain good health. But what if you eat a lot of plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and fish? Are you still eating “healthy?”

One topic of recent debate in health and nutrition centers on genetically modified foods. Genetic modification or genetic engineering refers to technologies that alter the genetic makeup of animals, plants or bacteria, typically by adding genes (DNA) from another species. Reported benefits include higher yield, drought tolerance, reduced pesticide use and more efficient use of fertilizers. Some of the most common foods that we consume today that are genetically modified include sugar (from sugar beets), soybeans, and corn.

So what’s the big deal? There are currently no long-term human studies on the health effects of genetically modified foods, but there is much speculation on how this change in agriculture will affect not only our health, but the health of our planet and our food supply. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), there is the potential of introducing new toxins or allergens into foods that were previously seen as safe, increasing toxins to dangerous levels in foods that typically produce harmless amounts, or diminishing a food’s nutritional value. http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/environmental-effects-of.html#HUMAN_HEALTH_ISSUES

A report by UCS expert Dough Gurian-Sherman titled Failure to Yield states that “despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase US crop yields.”

In addition to the UCS, we highly recommend The Environmental Working Group (EWG) as another credible resource for information on food and the environment. A recent report from the EWG claims that Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year. http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2012/10/americans-eat-their-weight-in-genetically-engineered-food/

One company from Canada has been creating a new breed of salmon by altering the DNA of existing salmon. Watch this short video clip for more on this “fishy” topic! http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/environmental-effects-of.html#HUMAN_HEALTH_ISSUES

Genetically modified foods do not undergo strict testing for safety; and under current FDA and USDA regulations, are not required to be labeled. Many researchers, politicians and activists are campaigning that, at the very least, these foods be labeled so that consumers are aware what they are consuming. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to food and health. The choice (hopefully) is yours.

Tara Smith, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Nutritionist
ECU Student Health Service

Welcome to our new blog!

ECU Student Health is happy to be launching a new blog, “Student Health Pulse”, which will provide a forum for discussion of current medical topics, health related information, and the latest news that may be of interest.  Come aboard as we keep a check on the heartbeat of the Pirate community….AARRGGGHH!

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