Health and Wellness
- Live your future
- Be physically active
- Make healthy choices
- Seek advice and referrals
Northeast State Community College is committed to helping you achieve a bright future and a long life! Your ability to enjoy life depends on making the right choices with timely interventions and diagnoses. The right path to wellness and healthy lifestyles promotes quality of life now and for the future you. Your lifelong physical and emotional well-being impacts those you love, too. Stay healthy and live well while achieving your dreams.
Health and Wellness programming provides informational resources to the campus community on all matters related to health promotion, wellness, and primary prevention that encourage lifelong physical and emotional well-being. Awareness campaigns and events are sponsored by several College departments throughout the year to promote good health practices and access to health and wellness resources within the College and community.
Campus Well by Student Health 101®
Click the Campus Well link below to read Northeast State's monthly online magazine on health and wellness. Published by Student Health 101, the site includes features on physical and mental health, stress reduction, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention and personal safety, and nutrition.
- General Studies Building (C) - Lobby Across from Campus Police Office
- Faculty Office Building (F) - First Floor Across from F100
- Powers Mathematics and Science Building (B) - Beside First Floor Elevator
- Basler Library (L) - Circulation Desk, Main Lobby
- Locke Humanities Complex (H) - First Floor Across from Restrooms
- Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (D) - First Floor Beside D192
Elizabethton: Lobby Entrance
Gray: Main Hall and to the Left
Johnson City: Lobby Across from Campus Police Office
- Blazier-Wilson Hall - Lobby
- KCHE - First Floor Hallway on the Left
- RCAM - Lobby
- RCAP - Lobby
- RCHP - First Floor Lobby
Please note that donors can safely give blood every eight weeks. This means that there should be 56 days between your blood donations to any agency. To give blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, in good general health, and meet basic requirements as outlined in the health questionnaire you will complete at check-in when arriving at the blood drive location. All blood donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
Donating blood counts as one hour of community service to meet Tennessee Promise and/or Northeast State community service requirements.
Marsh Regional Blood Center
September 3, 2019 - Blountville, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
November 12, 2019 - Blountville, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January 29, 2020 - Blountville, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
If you have a medical emergency on campus (e.g., asthma attack, allergic reaction, laceration, burn, acute vomiting, diarrhea, urinary tract infection, fever greater than 102 degrees, acute mental health problem, or
sexual violence), please call the
Northeast State Police Department at 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) or 9-1-1.
For up-to-date information and guidance, please visit these sites:
TBR - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus Information
You may also visit the Northeast State COVID-19 web page for updates and information specific to the Northeast State campus community.
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
- Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans.
- Viruses that cause Ebola HF are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Early recognition is critical for infection control.
- Incubation period is 2-21 days after exposure, with 8-10 days being most common.
- Persons returning from an affected area but who have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post-exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a healthcare provider immediately and tell him or her about their recent travel and potential contacts.
For more information on Ebola, visit the
Ebola website at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the latest information on influenza, please visit the following links:
Tips to Stay Healthy:
- Get a flu shot to help protect yourself from seasonal flu.
- Get a pneumonia shot to prevent secondary infection if you are over the age of 65 or have a chronic illness such as diabetes or asthma. For specific guidelines talk to your healthcare provider, or call the CDC hotline at 1.800.232.4636.
- Make sure your family’s immunizations are up-to-date.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put used tissues in a waste basket.
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
- Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are often spread when someone touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- It is always a good idea to practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitis, also known as meningococcus [muh-ning-goh-KOK-us].
- These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).
- Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters or kissing).
- Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important.
- This infection is not spread by casual contact (e.g., classroom contact), touching doorknobs or other surfaces, or breathing the same air.
- Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against Meningococcal disease.
For more information on Meningococcal illnesses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Meningococcal Disease website.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.
- Most cases have occurred on the Arabian Peninsula.
- Any traveler who develops a fever or cough after returning from the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries within 14 days or who has close contact with a traveler who develops a respiratory illness within 14 days after travel to the Arabian Peninsula should consult with a healthcare provider immediately.
For more information and complete details on MERS, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
For the latest information on mumps, please visit the following link:
Gastroenteritis means inflammation of the stomach and small and large intestines. Viral gastroenteritis is an infection caused by a variety of viruses that results in vomiting and diarrhea. It is often called the “stomach bug” or the “stomach flu” although it is not caused by the influenza viruses.
How to Treat
Fluids are important but can only be taken in relatively small quantities frequently; large amounts at a time stretch the stomach and trigger vomiting. Anti-nausea medications such as Phenergan and Compazine can help, but do require a prescription. Hold off on solid foods for about 2 days to give the lining of the stomach and intestines time to heal. Start back with very bland foods such as the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast), then move up.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications available at your local pharmacy or grocery store include:
- Anti-diarrheal preparations of bismuth subsalicylate (e.g., Pepto-Biosmol) or Loperamide (Immodium) can reduce the duration and severity of simple diarrhea. These medications should be avoided if you have a high fever or blood in the stools because they may make the illness worse.
- Pain reliever/fever reducer. Acetaminophen can make you more comfortable. Ibuprofen is not recommended as it can cause further stomach upset.
Your body needs fluids to function. Diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration:
- Excessive thirst
- Dry mouth
- Little urine or dark yellow urine
- Severe weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness
Mild dehydration can be treated by drinking liquids. Sip small amounts of clear liquids frequently. Try ice chips, sips of water, flat ginger ale or 7-Up, weak tea, diluted apple juice, Gatorade, clear soups and/or Jell-O. Severe dehydration may require intravenous fluids, which can help patients quickly.
Call your doctor if you experience:
- Stools containing blood or black stools
- Temperature over 101.5 F for more than 24 hours
- Prolonged vomiting
- Signs of dehydration
- Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days
For the latest information on tuberculosis, please visit the following links:
For the latest information on the Zika Virus, please visit the following links:
Information about College Immunization Requirements is posted on the Tennessee Department of Health's
website. Hepatitis B information is available at the What I need to know about Hepatitis B link on the site.
Tennessee follows published CDC guidelines for minimum ages and dose intervals.
Finding Your Immunization Record
Always retain a copy of your immunization record for future reference. If records cannot be located, searches may include:
- Childhood records
- High school or college you last attended
- Local health department where you grew up
- Childhood pediatrician
- Students born after the mid-1990s may have records entered in a state-managed immunization registry.
The J. Allen Hurley Wellness Trail winds .7 miles around the north end of the Blountville campus. The trail takes you through a developing arboretum, a natural growth area home to dozens of plants, wildlife, newly planted trees, and old growth trees. It is quiet even though it travels close to busy country roads. Trail walkers may spot birds, squirrels or other wildlife frolicking in the area.
Benefits of Walking
Walking for fitness can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. For example, you can:
- Reduce your risk of a heart attack.
- Manage your blood pressure.
- Reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Manage your diabetes.
- Manage your weight.
- Manage stress and boost your spirits.
- Stay strong and active.
Tips for a Great Walk
- Select lightweight, flexible, well-fitting shoes.
- Wear comfortable clothing that’s easy to move in.
- When walking outdoors, put on sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.
- Drink water before, during and after your walk.
- Look 10-20 feet ahead as you walk instead of staring down. Stand up straight, no leaning forward or back.
- Start and end with five minutes of walking slowly to warm up and cool down.
The decision to breastfeed is a personal one that does not have to interfere with your education. Visit
Nursing Mom's Room for more information.
Over-the-counter medications are available for purchase at the Northeast State Bookstore on the Blountville campus. The Bookstore is located in Room A218 of the Student Services Building. Some over-the-counter medications may be stocked in campus vending machines for purchase, as well.
The Physical Education Classroom provides an environment where students may acquire behaviors conducive to developing healthy lifestyles. The Physical Education faculty is committed to a campus culture that promotes wellness through healthy lifestyles that enrich the student's quality of life. A variety of exercise equipment is available for students enrolled in Physical Education courses with instructor supervision.
For the latest information on the region's efforts to provide substance abuse prevention and treatment, please visit the following links:
If you have a loved one who is at risk of overdosing on an opioid medication, please contact Brianne Dunning at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 423.742.5819 to receive information on naloxone HCI training, an Opioid Overdose Prevention Kit, and referrals for support services. For more information on naloxone HCI, visit
Officers with the Northeast State Police Department, in accordance with
TCA § 63-1-152, have been trained to possess and administer naloxone HCI to treat and reduce injuries and fatalities due to opioid-involved overdoses that may occur on a campus site. Emergency notifications can be made directly to Campus Police at 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) or by calling 9-1-1.
What do I do if I need to see a doctor and do not have a primary care physician?
To obtain a list of primary care physicians in the area who are taking patients and who accept your insurance, contact Nurse Connect at Ballad Health by calling 833.8.BALLAD (833.822.5523).