By Erica Ferrara
The Center for Healthy Living, open to all students, offers a variety of services including psychological counseling, nutrition counseling, as well as check-ups by a registered nurse. The services are free of charge to any and every student enrolled. The office is located in the Life Science Building, room 154.
A registered nurse is available for students who either have health issues or questions. Nurse Constance Montalbano is authorized to provide students with referrals to other facilities and can schedule an appointment for an off-campus location depending on what the issue is. Her hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. When the Center for Healthy Living is closed, or the issue cannot be remedied, NYIT Academic Health Center is available for Post students. Nurse Montalbano was unable to comment about her services.
Dr. Stacey Gropack, dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing, said there is a shuttle available to take students who need to go see a doctor at NYIT.
Maryn Margrey, a freshman health and science major, went to Medical Services with a high fever and flu-like symptoms.
“I had a great experience with the Center for Healthy Living, even though the nurse herself couldn’t help me, she referred me to an Urgent Care in the area,” Margrey said. “I was able to get the medicine I needed and she even called me the next day to ask me how I was feeling.” The Center for Healthy Living provides individual counseling by a licensed counselor for students who are feeling stressed, overworked, or who are going through a particularly difficult time. The counseling is provided by appointment. For students who need additional guidance and/or help from medical professionals, the counselors can refer them to an outside source depending on insurance and availability.
The Center also offers Meditation Mondays in Hillwood Commons every Monday at 1 pm, and Let’s Talk Tuesdays in the End Zone every Tuesday during common hour to help students relieve stress and just relax. These are run by Center for Healthy Living staff members.
The Center for Healthy Living also provides nutritional services. This program allows for students to meet with a certified nutritionist and discuss dietary concerns, healthy lifestyles, and how to eat right on campus.
For students living in the dorms, the nutritionists can supply individual diet plans, education sessions on healthy foods, and weight management tips. For students living in apartment-style housing, or students with access to a kitchen, nutritionists provide cooking tips, food shopping advice, as well as the other services listed above. Nutritionists are available Tuesday through Friday from 10 am – 5 pm by appointment.
Students should access the center by phone, 516-299-3468, or email, Post-HealthyLiving@liu.edu. The office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Representatives from the NYIT Academic Health Center did not respond back to the Pioneer’s inquiries about the services provided for Post students at NYIT.