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Kick the Freshman 15 this Summer

We all know about the infamous freshman fifteen. If you’re a senior in high school, it seems like a distant and unlikely horror story. If you’re coming home from your first year at school, though, you know that it is real.

The freshman fifteen doesn’t hit everyone, but it is a pretty common phenomenon. Whether you gained 5 pounds or 15, we’ll give you some tips for shedding that extra weight. To learn how to fight it, let’s first look at how the weight creeps in.

How the weight adds up

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1. Sleep Pattern Changes – Life at college has a completely different schedule. There are usually major shifts in the way you sleep. You may go to bed late, sleep late and take naps throughout the day. The new environment can affect the quality of your sleep, too. Your body reacts to these changes by altering your appetite-related hormones. You may eat more and more without feeling satisfied.

2. Alcohol – Calories like to hide in alcoholic drinks. You probably don’t realize the amount of  calories in that bottled mixed drink, but you definitely aren’t worried about the calories after four bottles. Drinking can cause your body to decrease fat burning hormones and increase in fat storage hormones.

3. Stress – Your first year at college is full of changes. You have to adjust to new friends, new surroundings, a different learning environment and more work. Your body isn’t oblivious to these drastic changes. It responds by releasing stress hormones that bring weight gain.

4. Poor Diet – One of those major changes is the shift from home-cooked meals to the cafeteria and fast food. Most college students struggle to get solid nutrition. They’re facing scrambled schedules with little time or resources to prepare healthy food and limited money to spend. This often brings on unhealthy food choices.

How to shed the extra weight

Make exercise a habit

You could exercise all summer and lose weight. But, if you don’t make exercise a habit when you get back to school in the fall, you may see the weight return. So, take this summer as a chance to find exercise that will fit in your life. If you hate running, don’t force it. If you have fun playing tennis, set up regular tennis dates with your family and friends. Think about where you’ll play when you return to school and who will play with you.

Start a solid sleep routine

No, we don’t want you to sleep every night from 3 am to 1pm. But, we do want you to be consistent. This summer, try to form a predictable sleep routine. Maybe you’ll start having time set aside before bed to relax with a cup of tea or yoga. We know this isn’t going to happen every night when you’re at school, but we do know that forming the habit now will make your rest better.

As you focus on your health this summer, you may have more time to check any health concerns you may have noticed during the busy school year. ARCpoint Labs offers wellness screenings to help you learn about your health and start developing habits for the rest of your time at school.

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Studying Abroad- Health Concerns

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Summer has arrived! You’ve got three months of glorious sunshine and no classes ahead of you. Well, most of you don’t have to worry about studying. For the rest, summer classes are approaching fast. For the most lucky group, you’re packing your bags and preparing to set off to a foreign country.

Studying abroad is one of the greatest opportunities you’ll have in college. If you’re setting off on a study abroad adventure this summer, you’ll want to be completely ready.

Before you step into the unknown, make sure you are physically and mentally ready. Your health probably isn’t your first concern while you plan your trip, but it should be on your mind.

Think about these health related issues before you leave so you won’t have to panic if a medical issue arises while you’re abroad:

1. Wellness

You may not have convenient access to doctors or pharmacies in your destination. Visit your physician for a general checkup before you leave. You never know how the traveling conditions will affect your physical and mental health, so it’s a good idea to discuss possible challenges with your doctor.

If you take prescription medicine, you’ll need to talk to your doctor about the chances of getting that medicine while you’re abroad or if you are even allowed to take that medicine with you. You may need to bring extra doses of over the counter medicine, since other countries don’t always have the same medicines available.

2. Immunizations

Your study abroad program will give you information about immunizations and health records that you need. The CDC traveler’s site has a complete and accurate list so you know you are fully prepared to travel. You’re responsible for having current immunizations. If you’re not sure, a blood test is a convenient way to check on your immunizations. Some countries require HIV tests before travel.

3. Health Insurance

We hope you don’t break a leg or come down with the flu while you’re studying abroad, but we know it happens occasionally! You need special overseas medical insurance to protect yourself from health issues. Your program or school should provide you information about affordable plans that you’ll get before you leave and discontinue when you’re back.

Get Ready for the Time of Your Life!

You have so many details to plan before you hop on the plane, but your health is important. Focusing on your health will help you have an awesome experience- when you don’t have to worry about health and safety issues, you can focus on learning and exploring your new environment!

Planning to study abroad and need to be tested?

Call ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence today.


Take Advantage of Your Rec Center

It’s that time of year where school is going to pick up.  Classes will get more difficult.  Studying will get harder.  Motivation will dwindle, and sleep will diminish.  The stresses of college are evident, but there is a place where students can get away classes and relieve themselves of stress.  That place is the recreation center.

ASRFC on the KU Campus

The Ambler Student Recreation and Fitness Center offers KU students a multitude of ways to stay active, get their daily exercise, and socialize.  Some services to take advantage of are:


Intramurals.  Not all of us can be stars at football or volleyball, and at KU, being a basketball star is probably out of the question (unless you’re actually on the team.) With sports like 3-on-3 basketball, flag football, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee, intramurals are a great way to hang out with friends, practice teamwork, and compete with peers.  Don’t miss out on your sport though. Put your team together and make sure you register on time for your sport.

Personal Training.  There are a number of packages students for students who wish to train with a personal trainer.  By focusing on you, a personal trainer will motivate you and help you set those short term and long term fitness goals.  Whatever you want to accomplish, a personal trainer will help you get there with a little guidance.

Fitness Classes.  Through the rec center, the university offers you a variety of classes designed to help you get in shape.  These classes include Total Fitness Boxing, Cycling, Weight Loss Training, and more.

Get to the Rec

Whether your thing is cycling, running, weight training, or just going to support your friends through their workout, the recreation center is a place for everyone.  You’ve just got to be motivated to get there.  If it helps, exercise is shown to reduce stress and improve sleep.

So go!

Are you making Progress?

We get it – our culture wants to see RESULTS! If you’re just now starting a workout regimen (or joining that intramural team) – come by ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence for a “before” test. We’ll run some labs on you as a “before” and then can do follow-up testing as you get into your new routine. In addition to your energy levels and seeing how your clothes fit, it’s a great way to determine if all of that hard work is WORKING!


KU Student Health Guide

Welcome to Lawrence, KU students! If you’re a freshman, welcome to this great city we call home! If you’re a returning undergraduate or graduate – we’re glad to have you back! We hope everyone had a safe summer and are ready for another year of classes at KU!


Welcome back students!

To welcome you back, we wanted to give you a handy guide for resources around town when it comes to your health.

Student Health Guide: Phone Numbers for Lawrence, KS

Emergency help | 911

Apartment fire or need medical help that’s NON-EMERGENCY | (785) 843-0250

CrimeStoppers (anonymous tips if you know of a crime) | (785) 864-8888

Need to speak with a nurse at midnight? | (785) 864-9583 (24/7 Student Health Services NurseLine)

Afraid you’re pregnant? | (785) 542-6533 (ARCpoint Labs can run the test; no insurance needed.)

Need a physical? | (785) 864-9500 | (KU Student Health Services)

Need a confidential STD test? | (785) 542-6533 (ARCpoint Labs can run the test; no insurance needed.)

No insurance? No problem.

If you’re a student at KU and are needing several lab tests run, we can do that for you, even if you don’t have insurance. We realize not all students can afford health insurance, yet sometimes you still need medical tests. Our Lawrence location offers students the chance to get a wellness test or drug test without any insurance required. Plus, everything is confidential. Nobody has to see you come in, and you get quick results in no time.

Consider coming to ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence if you:

  • Are worried you might be pregnant.
  • Feel sick and want your blood work run.
  • Are concerned you might have an STD.
  • Are suspicious you’ve been given the “date rape” drug.
  • Need a prenatal DNA test to determine the father of your unborn baby.
  • Get an rH titer test (if you’re pregnant.)
  • Get a drug test (to see if you’ll pass or if you’re getting a new job.)
  • Need a vaccination to travel abroad (or to check to see if you’re still on schedule.)
  • Think you’re allergic to the Midwest air! 

Call us at (785) 542-6533 or walk in for an appointment | 600 Lawrence Ave  Lawrence, KS 66049

Have a great school year everyone!







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Pot Probably Won’t Lower Your Finals Week Stress

It’s about that time of the year, and coming off this past weekend of 4/20… you might be having thoughts that smoking a little weed is what you need to get by and survive the upcoming weeks. However from our experience as a drug testing lab, we’ve actually seen the adverse effect of weed. And while drugs & alcohol may seem to momentary relax you and release your inhibitions, it can actually backfire. Especially when it comes to college and finals. Here are a few reasons why:


Pot smoking can backfire... especially on finals week

1. Your Summer Internships Might Require Drug Testing

More and more employers are cracking down on drugs & alcohol in the workplace, and that includes the college student interns. Statistics show that over 70% of drug users are employed, and the age group most rapidly using drugs AND entering the workforce is YOUR generation. With that being said, employers are not naive to suspect your drug use. And so some of them are actually testing for it. Don’t blow your future by taking a swig on a joint. Find other ways to calm down.

2. Pot Can Actually Hurt Your Memory

Finals week is a time where you need to remember a lot of things. So smoking weed is actually going to have the opposite effect. You need your brain to be sharp and ready to spit out information for exams and essays; not clouded and foggy. To keep your mind sharp, go exercise and eat a very healthy diet of fruit & veggies and healthy fats.

3. You Could Get Busted

Cops are not idiots when it comes to college students and weed smoking. Just look at the drug bust in Kansas City this past weekend over 4/20 – they’re on to drug users and know what to look for. As you work hard all semester and invest in an education, don’t throw your money and time away by using drugs. Having drug use on your public record will appear in background checks and can hurt you in the long run. Play it save, stay away from the drugs.

We realize on a college campus, a “little” pot use doesn’t seem like a big deal these days. Especially with so much chatter about its legalization. However, you need to know that it’s still illegal to smoke in Kansas, it should not be found on the campus of KU, and if you use it an get caught you can get in serous trouble – in more ways than one.

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To Fake ID or Not To Fake ID

Hmm…. Fake IDs. College students at KU – listen up.

We live here in Lawrence, too, and we get how tempting a trip to Massachusetts with everyone else can be, whether you’re 21 or not. And, we also realize that many of you have the “hookups” to go ahead and get you into the bars whether you’re actually 21 or over.

But, before you hand your friend cash to get you hooked up with a fake ID, you might want to think again.

Here’s Why.


A fake ID can get you into a night club ... and a lot of trouble.

Why to Not Get a Fake ID in Kansas

There are many, many, many reasons not to get a fake ID in Kansas. Here are our Top 4.

1. Fake IDs are Illegal

Let’s start with the plain and simple here: false identification is illegal. Now in a college town where occurrences of fake IDs are as high as exams given on a Monday, the perceived severity of this illegal action seems to wane. Especially when so many in Lawrence are getting by with it. However, if you get caught, you can get in big trouble… like receiving a felony (prison) or misdemeanor (thousands of $$ in fines.) Read up on the Kansas laws on Fake IDs before you fill out that false application or try to sucker your friend into getting you the hookup.

2. You Can Get in Trouble Just for Carrying It

Kansas law says that even if you’re caught carrying a fake ID (and not trying to use it), you could get in trouble. This means that if the ID was made for you (your picture, your info, just a unique year for your b-day and possibly a new address) OR if you have someone else’s ID you’re trying to pass off as your own – you could still get in trouble.

3. It Could Hurt Your Future

Getting in trouble with a fake ID can hurt your future plans for success. Most of you are attending the University of Kansas to obtain a degree that will open the door to a future job. These days, employers perform background screenings on employees before making the offer. You don’t want a felony or even misdemeanor to show up on your background when trying to land that first amazing job offer. While it may be tempting in the moment, it will pay off to follow the law for years to come.

4. It Could Lead to Substance Abuse

You might not care about this now, but the second your friend gets hurt because they (or someone they know) abuses alcohol, you’ll realize the devastation substance abuse can cause. Many times, it begins with addiction – addictions that come early in life and are enhanced by illegal activity like minors drinking alcohol. A fake ID may open the door for a minor to enter the club, but it may also open the door for a host of alcohol-related problems that you will wish you could avoid.

This isn’t a complete list by any means, but from our vantage point as a Lawrence, KS business – it’s some of the main reasons you should steer clear of fake IDs. Don’t wish you life away wishing you were 21 when you’ve got a few years to go. Don’t throw your future away by pretending to be someone you’re not. Take a second, think through the consequences, and realize the best choice is to be the “real” you and forgo the fake ID.

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Unplanned Pregnancy Resources in Lawrence, KS

We’re excited to be moving into Lawrence, KS, land of the Jayhawks! Part of what attracted us to this great little town just a few miles west of Kansas City was the great student population coming from the University of Kansas. We cannot wait to meet students and help them stay healthy and well. We’re here to provide answers for some of the most pressing health concerns college students face.

Speaking of issues college students face, we couldn’t help but notice this story hitting major headlines last week about a university in Pennsylvania selling the Plan B pill through vending machines. It reminded us of the issues students at college face, and some of their biggest health concerns.


Worried you could be pregnant? Get tested to find out for sure.

What is the Plan B Pill and the Hype About?

The Plan B pill is designed to prevent contraception after intercourse. This pill has been widely used by individuals who either neglected to practice safe sex or those not confident in their pregnancy prevention steps. This pill has also been used by victims of sexual assault. The Associated Press reports that, “Taking Plan B within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or just forgetting regular contraception can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. It works best if taken within 24 hours.” There is much controversy surrounding the pill, and the way that it’s used and being sold. And while we aren’t here to offer commentary on this pill, we are here to serve as a resource for any KU student who might be in a crisis pregnancy situation.

KU Students and Unplanned Pregnancy

This story makes us remember that cases of unplanned pregnancies are not uncommon on college campuses, even KU. Students seeking help in Lawrence have options. If you’re concerned you might be pregnant and not sure what to do, here are some local Lawrence, KS resources for you:

[ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence] Need a pregnancy test but don’t want the whole world to know? Slip in to our walk-in laboratory in Lawrence, KS for a completely confidential pregnancy test. You won’t have to worry about being seen as you walk into a “free clinic” to find out results. We provide reliable pregnancy testing services and quick results. Our pregnancy services can even tell you how far along you are in pregnancy if you indeed test positive.

ARCpoint Labs can also perform paternity testing if you’re unsure about the baby’s father.

[Pregnancy Care Center of Lawrence] If results are positive and you’re in a crisis pregnancy, this group can help.

[Birthright International] This group can also help you understand your options if you’re in a crisis pregnancy.

There are other organizations in the Kansas City area that can also help you in your situation. Contact us for more details.