Thrive 101 - Health & Wellness for College Students
By Douglas Lakin, M.D. & Debra Landau-West, M.S., R.D
Dear College Students and Parents,
This guide is one in a series of MiniBük
titles— books meant to provide straight-forward solutions for day-to-day health questions. This one is designed
for the college-aged student.
It is my effort to pass on fifty years of wisdom accrued as the child of a physician and as a Johns Hopkinstrained
internist with over twenty five years in practice. I hope you and your family find this advice useful.
It’s actually meant for my own.
In this brief book, Douglas Lakin, M.D. (Dr. Doug) and Debra Landau West, M.S., R.D.
offer the undergraduate student and his or her parents or guardians an invaluable guide to
establishing and maintaining the level of physical and mental health necessary for success in
college and career.
They speak clearly and directly to matters of healthy living we all confront every day. I know of
no other volume so rich in content regarding these matters or so easy to apply to day-to-day
Every college student needs to keep a copy close at hand.
I make this recommendation from the perspective of one who has worked for a half century
with undergraduates as professor and dean. I only wish I had had it to distribute to the many
students for whom I had instructional and administrative responsibility.
President’s Professor, Barrett Professor
Lincoln Professor of Applied Ethics
Founding Dean, Barrett, the Honors College at ASU
The college years, and the decade after, are times of transition and change. Separation
from home, family, and friends is the greatest challenge, but opportunities await as you
assume responsibility for your life and future. Taking responsibility for your health at this
point in your life is an opportunity for growth.
This book provides guidance for what to bring with you to college to stay healthy, what to
have on hand where you live when you need to take care of yourself, and the information you
need so that you are prepared to care for yourself. It provides detailed advice from a seasoned
physician on how to treat health issues that will develop from time to time, guidance from a
registered dietitian on healthy food choices and help from a MAS in marriage and family
therapy on emotional, and psychological concerns that may develop during this time.
The book has four sections:
Section One covers staying healthy; noting the efforts you need to make to maintain good
habits in diet, sleep, and health behaviors.
Section Two is about health issues that may develop from time to time with a practical
guide for understanding and addressing them.
Section Three addresses matters of sexual health. Understanding the health ramifications of
your choices is critical to maintain fertility, general health, and a good psychological perspective
for life in college and beyond.
Section Four, is a review of mental health issues and ways to maintain a proper psychological