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The University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Health and Counseling Center provides medical and counseling services to the UAF campus students. Our articles are written by staff members and are to help keep students informed about good physical, mental and emotional health.

Other updates will help keep students informed of our outreaches and events they may be interested in participating in.

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Safe Food Handling - help prevent food poisoning, by Donna Patrick, ANP

Q:  How can I prevent food poisoning?

A:  There are many things you can do to prevent symptoms of gastroenteritis related to food poisoning with regard to purchasing, storing , preparing, cooking and serving your food:


  • Do not buy already-cooked food that is stored next to raw food, even if it is stored on ice.
  • Do not buy food in cans that are dented, cracked, or have a bulging lid.


  • Make sure meat and poultry products are refrigerated when bought.
  • Use plastic bags to keep juices from meat and fish from touching other foods.
  • Store perishable items (that can go bad quickly) in the refrigerator within an hour of buying.
  • Keep refrigerator temperature between 32 and 40°F and freezer temperature at or below 0°F.
  • Freeze meat and poultry that will not be cooked within 48 hours.
  • Freeze tuna, bluefish and mahi-mahi that will not be cooked within 24 hours; other fish can be stored in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
  • Do not store eggs on the refrigerator door (since that is the warmest part of the refrigerator).
  • Put leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking them.
  • Divide leftovers into parts and store in small containers.
  • Reheat leftovers to 165°F before eating.


  • Wash hands with soap and water before cooking and after handling raw meat, poultry, fish, or raw eggs.
  • Thaw frozen meats and fish in the refrigerator or microwave, not by leaving them out.
  • Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
  • Avoid contact of cooked foods with forks, spoons, knives, plates, or areas that may not be clean.
  • Wash forks, spoons, knives, plates, and cutting areas with soap and water after they have touched raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Avoid letting the juices from uncooked meat, poultry or fish touch cooked foods or foods that will be eaten raw.
  • Carefully wash all fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid recipes that include raw eggs.


  • Use a meat thermometer; cook beef and lamb to an internal temperature of 145°F, pork and ground beef to 160°F, and poultry to 170 to 180°F.
  • Cook eggs until the yolk begins to harden.
  • Boil juices from raw meat or fish before using on cooked food.


  • Serve cooked foods on clean plates with clean forks, spoons, and knives.
  • Keep hot foods at 140°F and cold foods below 40°F.
  • Never leave foods at room temperature longer than 2 hours, or 1 hour if the room is hotter than 90°F.
  • Use coolers and ice packs to take perishable foods (that may go bad) away from home.
Good time to get the flu shot before the flu gets you

Good time to get the flu shot before the flu gets you

Nationwide PPD shortage

Due to the national shortage of PPD’s, the Student Health and Counseling Center will administer PPD’s on a first come, first serve basis until we exhaust our supply.  It is unknown when we will receive more due to the current order we placed, being on backorder. 

If you are in need of a PPD, please call 474-7043 to check on our supply.

UAF Suicide Prevention (by KTVF11)


Important UAF Student Health Insurance Information

Dear Student:

Please find attached important information in regard to the Student Health Insurance plan provided through the University of Alaska Fairbanks for students who do not have other insurance plan in place. Please read the “Student Letter” attachment carefully.  If you already have health insurance and are not interested in purchasing this plan, please disregard this communication.

Undergraduate and graduate students not on a stipend who choose this plan will need to purchase it through the Bursar’s Office during fee payment.  Graduate students on a stipend need to bring their contract to the Graduate School office in order to be enrolled in the insurance plan. 

Brochures and insurance cards will no longer be mailed out automatically from the insurance company.  Students will need to access the insurance website to view the brochure, set up an account and request an insurance card to be sent.  There is a flyer attached which provides general information about the policy.

Please review the attached information carefully.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Health and Counseling Center, 474-7043 or access our website at

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ARCTIC ROCK THERAPY KSUA 91.5 on Fridays 2-3 pm


NEW RADIO SHOW: Arctic Rock Therapy, the official radio show of the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center, and the ONLY heavy metal mental health radio show in the arctic!

The show will be on Fridays from 2-3pm.

If you ever have any events/services for UAF students that you would like announced on our show, please email them to Jessica McKay at   We will announce them on the air.  We are open to announcing any events/services for UAF students.

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