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Health Coverage for Grossmont Student’s

Stay healthy, physically and mentally, this spring semester through Grossmont’s resources on campus.
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Within the first two months of the year, we were hit with an immense amount of rain and winter weather, which can comprise our immune systems. Fortunately, Grossmont College offers various options to be as healthy and safe as possible.  

Since the pandemic, students have dealt with the COVID-19 virus. We have endured terrible losses and learned more about staying healthy through guidelines from the Department of Health. We have been decreasing our isolation and precautions, but that does not mean the virus is gone, so it’s important to take preventive measures.

With the weather changing upon us, San Diego news reports are recommending staying warm and being cautious to prevent illness. If you are suspicious of testing positive for COVID, there are rapid antigen tests offered within the health office at Grossmont for students. 

“They are accurate; I have tried it because I thought I was positive,” said Chris Senske, a freshman at Grossmont College. 

“It had been very hard back then with the pandemic,” said Lorena Garcia, who had recently transferred to San Diego State from Grossmont and remembered it was a “hassle” due to the pandemic. 

As isolation guidelines continue being lowered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we no longer have to stay home for five consecutive days if you turn out to be COVID-19 positive. The virus seems to be here to stay, just like the flu, so we must stay aware of keeping healthy in our daily lives. 

Grossmont College will be holding a free Health and Wellness Fair in the main quad on April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair consists of glucose screenings, wellness intervention and giveaways along with prizes. 

Dianne Abdullah Smith, specialist for the Health and Wellness Center at Grossmont, encourages every student to attend so they can “see who our partners are, look for a primary doctor, insurance, and more.” 

The event will guide students to learn further about the benefits of staying healthy while academically succeeding. Amelia Saenz, a biology major, said she will be attending this event to gain insight into the college’s care of student’s health. 

“It is important to get the word out for the significance for students to receive information needed to be in good health,” Saenz said. 

To help with meditation and mental wellbeing, sound baths are also being offered to students at Grossmont once a month free of charge. 

“Check the Grossmont’s calendar for the event date,” Smith said. 

The Health and Wellness Center is located in Building 60, Room 130. Open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Fridays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), this center includes health screenings, immunizations, lactation accommodations, personal counseling, and more. For students, illness or accident evaluations are free or low-cost for those who have already paid the health fee for the current year.

For more information, visit grossmont.edu/student-support/health-and-wellness

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