Student Health Services provides health and wellness information and education including presentations, workshops, and health screening events. There is also a yearly comprehensive Wellness Festival, which is usually scheduled during the Spring semester.
There is abundant health information online, but it can often be overwhelming and inaccurate. The following guidelines will help you to find information about health and wellness that is reliable:
• Don't search the entire Internet. We suggest you start with some of the websites listed below.*
• Beware of commercial ("dot com") sites, and evaluate them carefully for bias and conflict of interest.
• Check to see if the information is current (less than three years old), or compare older information with the most current that you can find.
• Look for the credentials of the author (i.e. training and affiliation, such as doctor, nurse, psychologist, epidemiologist; medical center, professional health organization, public health agency) to make sure the information is written by a healthcare professional.
*The following are some websites that provide trustworthy online information:
Comprehensive Health Information Websites:
Issue Specific Health Information Websites:
Sexual/reproductive/women’s health: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
Men’s health/women’s health/urology: http://www.urologyhealth.org/
LGBTQ health: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/
Heart health: https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
Heart and Lung information: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/
Diabetes information: http://diabetes.org/
Cancer Information: https://www.cancer.gov/
Student Budget Lunch at the GC Dining Commons
Nutrition and You:
Understanding Food Labels from Merck - Journey for Control Program
Serving Size Comparisons from the American Heart Association
Test Your Sodium Knowledge! from the American Heart Association
Tips for Eating Healthy When Eating Out from the Nutrition Club at Hunter College
Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning:
MerckEngage: A free resource that supports your choices for healthier living. MerckEngage has a range of offerings to help you take steps toward better health, including: help with managing health conditions, ideas for healthier eating, suggestions to help you become more active, and ways to better communicate with your health care professional.
Heart Healthy Grocery List Builder from the American Heart Association
My Plate Planner from the NYCDOHMH
My Plate Planner for Kids from the NYCDOHMH
My Vegan Plate Planner from the Vegetarian Resource Group (www.vrg.org)
Eating on the Go for Graduate Students:
Get Smart! Eating on The Go from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Tips for Healthy Eating When Eating Out from the USDA
Healthy Foods under $1 from the American Heart Association
Smart Snacking Tips from the American Heart Association
10 Tips for Healthy Vegetarian Eating from the USDA
7-Day Menus for a 2,000 Calorie Diet from choosemyplate.gov
Keep the Beat Cookbook from NHLBI
Healthy Recipes from The White House to You
Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook from choosemyplate.gov
Food Group Recipes from choosemyplate.gov
Free Fitness Resources
Shape Up NYC
Shape Up NYC offers FREE fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.
Shape Up NYC Flyer of locations near the GC (pdf)
Free Classes in Bryant Park
Classes include: Yoga, Tai Chi, Moves (dance) and Fencing
On 42nd Street in between 5th & 6th Avenues
Fitness at the Graduate Center
Preparing For Your Appointment:
"What is a Nurse Practitioner?"
- Create a health history that includes your current conditions and past surgeries or illnesses. Bring it to your appointment.
- Know your family’s health history, such as your parents’ health conditions.
- Bring a list of your current medicines with you.
- In some cases, it is helpful to ask someone to go to your appointment with you to help you understand and remember answers to your questions.
from the American College of Nurse Practitioners
Talking with healthcare providers:
Talking with healthcare providers
from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Be prepared for your next medical appointment. Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.
Make Notes & Take Notes During Medical Appointments
"How and when do I talk about prescriptions?"
from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
Keeping track of your health over time:
Take Care NY Passport
from the NYCDOHMH
Blood Pressure Tracker
from the American Heart Association
My Medication Log
from the NYCDOHMH
The New York State Cancer Services Program
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at NO COST to women and men who:
Do not have health insurance OR have health insurance that does not cover the cost of these screenings
Cannot pay for these screenings
Meet income eligibility requirements
Meet age requirements
Live in New York State
Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) or (212) 851-4516 (Manhattan services) for more information.
Manhattan Breast Health Partnership
Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 First Avenue (Clinic Building 3 South C)
If you are NOT insured, over 40 and have a family history of Breast Cancer, you may qualify for a FREE Mammogram, Annual GYN appointment and clinical breast exam. Contact Helen Temmier at (212) 562-4384.
Information on all topics related to breast cancer and national breast health resources from the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, which is the opening from the vagina to the uterus. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV, and is a preventable cancer. There are two types of tests for the presence of cervical cancer cells: a Pap smear or an HPV test.
The Pap smear (子宮頸抹片檢查) looks at your cervical cells under a microscope for any abnormal cells that could lead to cervical cancer. The Pap smear has helped decrease the number of American women with cervical cancer by about 75% in the past 50 years.
An HPV test looks for HPV in your cervix. It’s an early warning system. If the test finds HPV, you might not have any abnormal cells now. But the HPV could stick around and create abnormal cells in the future.
Who should get tested?
What about the HPV vaccine and other ways to prevent HPV?
For more information, visit: Tamika & Friends or National Cervical Cancer Coalition websites.
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign
Basic Facts about Colorectal Cancer
Risk Factors and Symptoms
Recommended Screening Tests
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or The American Cancer Society websites.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance or The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition websites for more information.
LGBT Cancer Survivorship Support Group sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Resources for Life after Cancer. Visit MSKCC's website for updated times for the group.
New York State Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP)
Finding a NYSHIP Provider
NYSHIP Contacts and Plan Information
Navigating NYSHIP (website)** from DSC Health & Wellness: Eligibility, signing up and premiums, Who provides which service, Student-Recommended NYSHIP Providers, and Avoiding the pitfalls.
Navigating NYSHIP (presentation)** from joint DSC Health & Wellness/Adjunct Project student-led workshop on 11/22/15
**Information may not be accurate based on plan changes, etc. Please consult your plan guide, call insurance company, or contact the GC NYSHIP Coordinator at email@example.com to confirm eligibility for services.**
Affordable Care Act
About the Affordable Care Act of 2010
Affordable Care Act Summary from the Kaiser Family Foundation
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The Wellness Center Student Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available in the fall. Students are urged to obtain the flu vaccine as early as possible.
Students with insurance are generally covered for the vaccine by their plans, including NYSHIP, and should not incur a cost. For uninsured students, there are free and low cost options. The Wellness Center is not offering flu vaccine this year. Please see this LIST for a variety of resources.
For students enrolled in NYSHIP: please see info about covered immunizations through CVS Caremark’s national vaccine network on p. 10 at the following link: https://www.cs.ny.gov/employee-benefits/young-adult-option/shared/publications/at-a-glance/2018/sehp-aag-jan-2018.pdf
In addition, Scott Voorhees in Student Affairs, compiled this guide in August 2018 regarding student health and insurance: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/CUNY_GC/media/CUNY-Graduate-Center/PDF/Health/Health-and-Insurance-Guide-August-2018.pdf
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Your Wellness Center Student Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available in the Fall (who should get vaccinated?)
Students are urged to obtain the flu vaccine as early as possible. Those with NYSHIP, show CVS Caremark card for flu vaccine benefits at pharmacies. See below for sites for obtaining the flu vaccine.
Sites are as follows:
Facility Name: Fort Greene Health Center (NYCDOHMH)
Facility Address: 295 Flatbush Ave Extension - 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Directions: A, C, & F to Jay St., or 2,3,4 & 5 to Nevins St. or R, Q, & B to DeKalb Ave.
Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm (Monday through Friday)
Additional Info: The Fort Greene immunization clinic is a walk-in clinic and is open for patient registration from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. No appointment is necessary; you will be seen on a first come first served basis. Please plan to arrive early in the day. Closed on City holidays. Children 4 to 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or present signed consent. Please bring your vaccination record and insurance information (CVS Caremark card for NYSHIP), if available.
NEAR THE GC:
Facility Name: Walgreens (Store #6160)
Facility Address: 350 5th Avenue (at 33rd Street) New York, NY 10118
Facility Type: Pharmacy
Target Group: 18 Years and Older
(Show CVS Caremark Card if on NYSHIP, not Hospital/Medical benefits card)
Schedule: Monday through Friday 7am to 9pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm
To schedule your appointment online and/or check if your insurance covers the vaccination, visit: https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/scheduler/vaccinations.jsp or call 212-868-5790.
Facility Name: Gristedes Pharmacies
Facility Address: Locations throughout Manhattan; http://www.gristedessupermarkets.com/flu-shots-gristedes/
Facility Name: Cordette Pharmacy
Facility Address: 52 West 39th Street New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 398-9999
Facility Name: Kmart Pharmacy
Facility Address: 250 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 760-1242
Facility Name: Mobile Health Clinic
Facility Address: 229 West 36th Street New York, NY 10018
Phone: (646) 625-3008
Facility Name: Rite Aid
Facility Address: 542 Second Avenue Manhattan 10016
Phone: (212) 213-9887
Facility Name: Duane Reade
Facility Address: 358 5th Ave. New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 279-0208
For students enrolled in NYSHIP, the flu vaccine is covered in full at pharmacies that participate in CVS Caremark’s national vaccine network. See p. 10 at the following link: http://www2.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/page-assets/about/administration/offices/hr/benefits/doctoral-students/sehp-aag-jan-2017.pdf (*Please note: Not all of the above pharmacies are in the CVS Caremark network, please check with the pharmacy you are visiting).
For additional sites with free vaccinations in New York City, as well as additional information regarding influenza, please refer to the following web sites: NYCDOHMH Vaccine Clinic, http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/flu-seasonal.page or www.cdc.gov/flu
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has many resources for understanding how to prevent and fight the flu (預防流感), reasons to get the flu vaccine, differences between the flu and a cold, and treatment options for the flu.
If you believe you have a cold (普通感冒), requesting antibiotics from your doctor may not be the answer. Read why antibiotics may not help, differences between viral and bacterial infections, and what to do for a runny nose. Also, what are the differences between a cold and allergies?
Adult Immunization Information
Vaccinations for Adults: Guidelines from the CDC
Vaccination Schedule also available in Chinese: (向成年人推薦的疫苗注射表)
Vaccine Information Statements from the CDC
Vaccine Exemptions Contribute to Rising Pertussis Rates from clinicaladvisor.com
Students who need vaccinations prior to travel, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's website.
Safer Sex Toolbox - Ways to protect yourself during sexual activity
Male Condoms (insertive): How to use and why are they important?
FC2 (female or receptive) Condoms: What are they, How to use, and how are they different than male condoms?
Dental Dams: What are they?
Finger Cots: What are they? from OSU Student Health Services
Male and Female Condoms: Whose responsibility?
Using and Storing Condoms from the NYCDOHMH
If a Condom Breaks... from the NYCDOHMH
**** Male and female condoms, lube, and dental dams are available for free at the Wellness Center: Room 6422 of the Graduate Center and other locations within the GC**** (current supplies offered)
Other places in NYC to find free condoms, lube, and other barrier methods can be found here, through the NYC Condom app (iOS) (Android), or the NYC Condom mobile site, and the Female Condom (FC2) can be found online at Walgreens.com.
Sexually Transmitted Infections/Disease (STI/STD) Information from the NYCDOHMH, DHHS and CBWCHC:
Free and Confidential HIV/STD Testing Clinics in NYC
Click here for pdf version of this information
Clinics close to the GC:
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health-Downtown
Location: 275 Seventh Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), 12th Floor. 212-604-1701
Mount Sinai offers the HIV rapid test free at their Seventh Avenue location. Walk-ins are welcome and the facility offers same-day results. Clinic hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am - 5:00pm, and Thursdays from 8:30am - 7:00pm.
Location: 224 W. 29th Street ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues). 212-367-1130
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. The organization offers inclusive services for men, women, families and youth, including HIV counseling, testing, health information, education, risk-reduction strategies, referrals and partner notification services. People who want to be tested must complete an intake and consent to testing. Referrals for additional supportive services are also available. Syphilis testing is also avaliable. All services are free of charge.
The Testing Center will see clients four times a year (every 3 months) for HIV and STI testing services. Please allow 5-10 minutes to complete an intake form prior to being seen by a test counselor.
The Testing Center is open Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 am – 4 pm for walk-ins, Thursday from 9:30 am – 4 pm for appointments only, and Friday from 12:30 pm – 7 pm for walk-ins.
Please note: Every Wednesday the testing center is closed from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. The Testing Center hours are 12:30 pm – 4 pm the second Friday of each month.
For additional testing locations in Manhattan, please refer to this pdf.
For additional testing locations in the five boroughs, please refer to this pdf.
HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers about Ear Infections
Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers about Runny Noses
Vaccine Exemptions Contribute to Rising Pertussis Rates from www.clinicaladvisor.com
From the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center: (English and Chinese):
Pediatric Brochures (兒科)
Adolescent Health Brochures (青少年健康)
Tips for Being a Good Nutrition Role Model for Children from the USDA
My Plate Planner for Kids from the NYCDOHMH
Fitness Tips for Preschoolers and School-aged Children
Lactation Room at the Graduate Center
A dedicated space has been established at the Graduate Center for mothers to express breast milk for a nursing child. Room 7408, also called the Mothers’ Room, is available to all nursing female students and employees who present a current Graduate Center ID and complete a key request form in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 7301. The room is also equipped with a hospital-grade breast pump.
Planning for Emergencies for Kids from Sesame Street and FEMA
The Center for Health & Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center
What is Acupuncture? from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Acupuncturists and their services in New York State
Finding a physician who practices acupuncture in NYC
Take a break from studying with Chair Yoga! An easy and quick way to get stress-free and centered. Instructions from the Urban Yoga Foundation in Harlem. Also, try alternate nostril breathing to center and calm yourself during a stressful day.
Holistic Health Workshops and Services
Weekly Meditation Sessions
Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:00 PM
245 Fifth Avenue at 28th Street, 2nd floor library
The Center for Health and Healing offers Zen meditation to patients, practitioners and the general public. Sessions consist of brief instruction followed by a 25-minute meditation session. Free and open to the public!
The Center for Health & Healing
245 Fifth Avenue (at 28th Street)
Workshops and Healing Sessions
Free or minimal fee classes include: Weekly Mediation Sessions, Food for Thought, and Sport and Nutrition Lectures.
For-fee Programs include: Mindfulness Mediation, and Stress Management for an Urban Lifestyle (group session).
Health & Wellness Network NYC
A growing community of health seekers and holistic practitioners in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, near Bryant Park and Grand Central. They offer a wide range of seminars, workshops and gatherings focused on sharing information regarding important health topics. You can learn practical skills or find out about managing complex health conditions using holistic approaches.
Relaxation and Stress Management Tips from the DSC Health & Wellness
Tips for Organizing Your Work and Studyspace
This video from the Hospital for Special Surgery's Joint Mobility Center offers ergonomic tips to help you optimize your workstation. From your computer setup, to the type of desk chair you use, to the way you type and use your mouse, the video reviews the steps you can take to improve your work and studyspace.
A powerpoint by Physical Therapist Jon Cinkay, presented at his 2019 workshop on Ergonomics in Academia. These slides cover the variety of ways you can make your every day life safer and prevent injury, with a focus on the workplace.
Another desk ergonomics video from Ellen Kolber, Occupational Therapist at the Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, offers suggestions to help optimize your workstation comfort and functionality.
The Joint Mobility Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery offers ergonomic evaluations to help you optimize the fit of your workstation and improve your workspace.
Healthy CUNY Smoking Cessation Resources:
Visit the Tobacco Free CUNY webpage for resources offered by CUNY for students, faculty and staff to assist individuals who wish to decrease their tobacco consumption or quit smoking.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
The NY State Quitline offers medications and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) those who smoke more than half a pack per day. To see if you are eligible, please visit the NY State Quitline website. You can also visit nysmokefree.com or call 1-866- NYQUITS for more information.
Individuals can also call 311, visit www.nyc.gov and search "quit smoking", or go directly to NYC Quits for additional options for smokers interested in NRT. Additional information from the NYCDOHMH regarding various smoking cessation programs throughout NYC can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nicotine Replacement Therapy provided by The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH).
Online quitting programs and apps:
NYC Quits is an online resource for smokers and recent quitters. Individuals can register to track their progress using a cravings log, see how much money they will save by using the Quit Calculator, read and share quit tips, test their knowledge with quizzes, and much more. Plus, individuals get support from thousands of other quitters by joining the NYQuits Facebook community “I Quit Because” (facebook.com/nycquits).
The EX Plan: A free quit smoking program
The EX Plan App: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
FAQ from NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services
Drinking Water Supply Information
New York City
New York State
Tips for Reducing/Preventing Lead and Other Contaminants
From the NYS Department of Health:
Get Ahead of Lead!
Fluoridation of Drinking Water
Bromate in Drinking Water
Bacteria in Drinking Water
From the NYC Department of Health:
Protozoa in Drinking Water
The Graduate Hearing Science Laboratory
Location: The Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7306
Services provided by appointment: hearing tests for adults and children, custom hearing protectors, hearing aid checks & hearing aid counseling, and counseling regarding communication strategies and hearing assistive technologies. Call 212-817-7983 for an appointment.
Free CPR/AED and First Aid Classes at the Graduate Center
The Office of Security & Public Safety conducts CPR/AED and First Aid Training classes each month.**An email concerning class registration will be sent to the GC community a week and a half prior to each class.**
How to Perform Hands-Only CPR from the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
DSC Health and Wellness Blog
The Jed Foundation
Go Ask Alice! (Columbia University)
NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence
Emergency Preparedness: How to Make a "Go-Bag" from FEMA
National Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline, a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the first national multi-lingual helpline dedicated to providing crisis counseling and support to those struggling emotionally before, during or after disasters.
Click here for a National Disaster Distress Helpline wallet card.
Visit our Resources page for a list of outside clinics and additional health information.