Your Health during the MBA

Staying healthy while in the US

  • Insurance: Not only it is extremely important to
    have medical insurance coverage (medical treatment is extremely expensive in the US), but
    it is also a requirement for your student's visa. The International office will recommend
    an adequate insurance program, and arrange the paperwork.

  • Medical care: Make sure you understand who to turn
    to in case of a medical problem:

    • If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 (anywhere in the
      US, anytime). They will contact the paramedics, police, or the appropriate person.

    • If you have a medical emergency, go to the location recommended by
      your insurance plan - usually the University's infirmary or the Emergency Room at the
      local hospital.

    • For other consultations, your insurance plan should provide you with
      a list of physicians and/or nurses to visit.

  • Food: One of the major complaints foreign students
    have is the food. Compared to other nationalities, Americans tend to eat more fast or junk
    food. However, with a little discipline, you can maintain a healthy diet:

    • Ask about the University's meal plans - they usually provide healthy,
      balanced food.

    • Look for healthy food - most restaurants and supermarkets now offer
      healthy food choices (low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium).

    • Do as much cooking at home as possible. Not only home cooked meals
      taste better, but are less expensive.

  • Fitness: Staying fit is extremely important, even if
    the tight schedule seems to make it impossible. Fortunately, the MBA environment makes it
    relatively easy:

    • Try walking or biking to school

    • Participate in the B-School sports events

    • Participate in University wide sports events (a typical US University
      has teams and facilities for most sports).

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