Good Health

Health Center: Sem I, 2nd Floor

All students can use the Health Center as the first step in checking on their health. Most of the services are free because you have already paid a Health Services Fee to Evergreen. Some services have extra costs.

Flu Virus

Every year some students get the influenza virus and have to miss class. To protect yourself from flu, do these things:

  • Wash hands with soap and water often
  • Cough or sneeze into tissues, or your sleeve
  • Clean your home with alcohol disinfectants
  • Get a flu shot at the Health Center
  • Monitor your health for flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat.
  • Visit the Health Center in Sem I if you need help.
  • Do not go to class if you get the flu; stay home and get well first. E-mail the International Office at so we know about it.

Doctors and Hospitals

If you have a more serious sickness, the Health Center can refer you to a listing of medical resources in Olympia and beyond. These services will charge you full costs for medical care. You will need insurance.


All international students must have medical insurance while they are at Evergreen. You may purchase this from a private company, or you may buy the insurance offered through Summit America at the Student Accounts Office at Evergreen.

Exercise and Recreation

You will feel better if you have regular exercise. Use the CRC’s exercise equipment, the pool, or sign up for fun classes. Eat regular meals each day. Take vitamins! Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night if possible.

Drugs and Alcohol

You may be tempted to use too much alcohol or use illegal drugs. Your academic work, social relationships, and health can all be negatively affected. It is also easier to become a victim of a crime, theft, or sexual assault. Practice self-care and set limits for yourself. If you need help, talk to the Health Center, Counseling Center, or an advisor.


You will naturally meet new friends in the U.S. and may want to date some of them. Dating customs differ from culture to culture, so please ask the International Office if you have any questions. If you decide to engage in sexual intimacy please be prepared by having a supply of condoms to protect against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) as well as pregnancy. Condoms are FREE at the Health Center.

Sexual Assault

If you are sexually assaulted, we encourage you to:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Seek medical help, before showering.
  • Contact Police Services at x6140 or 9-911.
  • Seek emotional support.
  • Consider legal services.

The Evergreen Office of Sexual Assault Prevention in Sem I, Room 4121 can help you on campus. Off campus, Safeplace, at 360-754-6300 can help you 24 hours a day.