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How can parents help children stay healthy while in college?

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Air date: August 25, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

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Interview: Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D. FACP, associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine; staff, Wishard Hospital; healthy living expert for "Sound Medicine."

College can be a stressful time for students and parents. Between writing tuition checks, buying books and finding extra-long twin bed sheets, discussions involving the physical and mental health of college students can fall by the wayside. Healthy living expert Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., joins Barbara Lewis to talk about keeping college students healthy. According to Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber, parents should discuss which type of health insurance students have, what facilities it covers and what they should do in case of an emergency. Some college students suffer from mental health issues, and many are constantly sleep deprived. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber encourages students to seek help from the campus counseling center. She also urges parents to talk with their children about the dangers of binge drinking and hard liquor.

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