It can be difficult to find reliable health information on the internet. Below you
can find links from trustworthy sources about everything from certain diseases, wellness,
dating and relationships, mental health and much more.
|Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program
||The mission of the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program (AODEP) is to serve as
a leader in the prevention and reduction of alcohol and other drug abuse.
||Campus Ministry provides students with the resources and opportunities for religious
and spiritual growth. All are welcome, regardless of faith tradition.
||The mission of the Counseling Center is to guide students toward personal wellness,
balance and growth. Licensed counselors facilitate this through personal counseling
and wellness education.
||SXU's Public Safety serves the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University.
Public Safety is committed to the highest quality of protective services in order
to maintain and improve SXU's unique educational environment and quality of life.
||Maintain physical wellness at SXU's fitness center.
||How to get help, file a report and get ongoing assistance following sexual misconduct.
|Wellness at SXU
||Wellness encompassing physical, emotional and spiritual realms.
||Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists,
health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information
and research specialists and writers.
||The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an excellent resource to learn about
health conditions, immunizations, healthy living, traveler's health, and college health and safety.
||The Chicago Department of Public Health supplies health services throughout the City of Chicago, such as HIV primary care, immunization clinics, mental
health, primary care, STI clinics and WIC.
||Learn about different health topics, including diseases and conditions, prevention
and wellness, family health, and health resources.
||The Illinois Department of Public Health website has information about health issues
affecting the state of Illinois.
||The Vaccine for Children program in Illinois is a federally funded, state administered
program that provides free vaccines to eligible children ages 18 and younger. Vaccines
are provided at no cost to the provider or the patient. Find a VFC provider on this
- American Heart Association: Information about physical activity, including how to get started and how to stay
- CDC: Current physical activity guidelines for adults and children.
- Mayo Clinic: Fitness guidelines and tips from Mayo Clinic.
- MyFitnessPal: Free calorie counter, diet and exercise journal
|Food and Nutrition
- American Heart Association: How to eat healthy without dieting.
- ChooseMyPlate.gov: This website from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has information about finding
a healthy eating style and building it throughout your lifetime. Includes many interactive
- EatRight: Information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- MyFitnessPal: Free calorie counter, diet and exercise journal
- NHLBI: A healthy eating plan from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
- See the tab below for information and resources for mental health
|Dating, Relationship and Sexual Health
- CDC: Find information about STDs, reproductive health and other topics.
- Loveisrespect.org: Provides support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or
concerns about their dating relationships. Also provides information and support to
concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and
members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services
are available 24/7/365.
- One Love: Helps people to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Learn how to help a friend in an unhealthy relationship.
- Sexual Health: Topics pertaining to sexual health from the American Sexual Health Association.
- CDC: Information and tips for before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Familydoctor.org: Taking Care of You and Your Baby While Pregnant
- Office of Women's Health: Information and tips for before, during and after pregnancy.
- American Lung Association: Learn facts about tobacco, how to quit, and how to help someone else quit.
- CDC: Learn how to quit.
- E-Cigarettes: Information from the CDC about vaping.
- Smokefree.gov: Support, tips, tools and expert advice to help you or someone you love quit smoking.
- Smokeless Tobacco: Learn how to quit chewing tobacco.
- Quitline: The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free service that can help you quit for good.
Chat online or call 1-866-QUIT-YES.
- AAAAI: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has information on asthma
symptoms and treatment.
- Asthma: General information from the CDC.
- American Lung Association: The American Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by COPD.
They offer a variety of resources and information about the disease.
- NHLBI: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers general information about COPD.
- American Heart Association: Learning about how to make healthy lifestyle choices, information about heart conditions,
and support for patients and caregivers.
- Heart disease: General information from Mayo Clinic.
|Hyperlipidemia (High cholesterol)
|Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Office on Women's Health: As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office on Women's
Health offers information about specific conditions pertaining to women, health and
wellness, and reproductive health.
- Women's Health: General women's health topics and initiatives from the CDC.
- Alcoholics Anonymous®: AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.
Find general information and meetings here.
- Al-Anon Family Groups: Al-Anon and Alateen is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been
affected by someone else's drinking.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat online to be connected to domestic violence advocate.
Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone
experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy
aspects of their relationship.
- Pillars Community Health: Call the 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-708-485-5254 to be connected to
Chicago-area domestic violence advocates.
- Marijuana Anonymous: For those who feel marijuana controls their lives and wish to quit.
- Narcotics Anonymous: NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become
a major problem.
- SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts
to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the
impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
- N.A.M.E.D.: The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders aims to provide support
for males affected by eating disorders, provide access to collective expertise, and
promote the development of effective clinical intervention and research in this population.
- NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization
dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
- Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience,
strength and hope, are recovering from anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, purging, overexercising,
restricting and overeating.
- Gamblers Anonymous: GA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope
with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover
from a gambling problem.
|General Mental Health Info
- MentalHealth.gov: General information about mental health, including how to get help.
- CDC Mental Health: Learn about mental health and find tools and resources
- College Students: Issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of college students
- Department of Veterans Affairs: Find information for veterans and the general public about causes and treatments
for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
- NIH: Information about signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatments for PTSD from
the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Pillars Community Health: Call the 24-hour sexual assault hotline at 1-708-482-9600 to be connected to Chicago-area
sexual assault advocates.
- RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence
organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) that is confidential and can connect you to local sexual assault service
|Suicide Prevention and Support
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 for 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.
- AFSP: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and
bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
- #BeThe1To: #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's message to spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. This
is an excellent resource for people who need expert advice about how to approach someone
who may be considering suicide, including their 5 action steps.
|Veterans Mental Health
- Veterans Affairs--Mental Health: Get help and find mental health resources.
- Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or Text to 838255 to be connected to qualified, caring
Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline,
online chat or text.