The Health of College Students

The Health of College Students

The Health of College Students

The Health of College Students

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Youth is the age of exuberant energy with vitality and health at high tide. Yet here, as at any other period in life, the consideration of health is vitally important. Illness and physical handicaps at this age often receive little attention from the individual and sane rules of living are frequently ignored. These handicaps may seriously limit educational or vocational opportunities, and unwholesome habits of living may undermine health for the years ahead. From the beginning the American Youth Commission has been interested in the health problems of young people, and it has sought health information from many sources.

Because of the differences in physical and medical examinationsit is difficult to secure comparable data on health. However, since many of the colleges now keep records of the health of individual students, based on history, examination, and, to a certain extent, remedial care, it was believed that a study of these records, and the health services made available, would provide a body of significant data. Such a study, presented in this report, has been conducted for the Commission by Dr. Harold S. Diehl, professor of public health and preventive medicine and dean of medical sciences, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Charles E. Shepard, professor of hygiene and physical education, and director, Men Students' Health Service, Stanford University.

It is recognized that college students, with their economic and social advantages, are not entirely a representative sample of the health of American youth. Nevertheless, the Commission believes that the present study has significant values, perhaps the greatest of which are the suggestions for the improvement in the health services. Furthermore, the Commission has secured health information on nearly ten thousand young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps and examined health reports issued by the United States Public Health Service and other agencies--all very useful in studying the total health situation among young people.

The Commission is especially grateful to Dr. Shepard and Dr.

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