23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Dr. Mike Evans asks us, “what is the single best thing we can do for our health?”. What a fantastic question. There are many things that we can do to improve our overall health, both physical and mental/emotional health. In the below video presentation, Dr. Evans explains how increasing physical activity can greatly improve our health and quality of life.

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The end of the academic year always brings many changes.  One of the changes for me and for Student Health this year is that I have decided to retire; my last day will be May 27th.

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Leaving on a Jet Plan: Here are Some Tips for Traveling Abroad

Author: Johanna Comes, MSN, FNP-BC

Spring and summer and popular times for students plan big trips, including trips abroad. Traveling abroad is fun and exciting. Experiencing different cultures, seeing amazing sites and meeting new people are all part of having a great trip. For a safe and smooth trip, consider the following travel tips. 

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Open Mic – Poetry for Personal Power


Open Mic Poetry Contest: Win A Cash Prize for Your Poem About Overcoming Adversity. Poetry Workshops Also Offered to Help You With Your Poem

Author: Rachel Pierce, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, UMKC Counseling Center

On Tuesday, April 5 from 7 – 9 pm, “Poetry for Personal Power” comes to the Jazzman’s stage in the Student Union for an open mic poetry contest, sponsored by the UMKC Counseling Center, Student Veterans Organization and the Writing Center.  The first place performance wins $100, second place is $50, and $25 for third place.

Poetry for Personal Power asks you, “Do you have personal power?” We would love to hear what you do to get you through tough times in your life. We are gathering stories/poems/and other talent performances about how to overcome adversity using wellness tools like exercise, mindfulness, volunteering, spirituality, art, and of course, poetry.

The event will also feature 30-minute set by Sara “Miss Conception” Glass, one of Kansas City’s finest poets and hip-hop artists. She is the host and MC of Fresh Ink in Lawrence and Rant and Rave Wednesdays at the Velvet Dog. She even brought her confrontational, motivational, and educational style to last year’s Wakarusa Music Festival.

The event is open to anyone in the general public, but only UMKC students can enter the performance contest 3 minute time limit – All performances must be about overcoming adversity. Sponsored by the Counseling Center, the Student Veterans Organization, UMKC NAACP Chapter, the Writing Center, and The African American Student Union

Two poetry workshops are being offered by the Writing Center, on Wednesday, March 23 from 1- 3 pm and April 4 from 4 – 6 pm in the Writing Center Satellite in Miller Nichols Library (2nd floor, east side).  A writing consultant will be available to help you write and refine your poem, and you can get feedback from other students.

Questions?  Contact Rachel Pierce at the Counseling Center (piercerac@umkc.edu or 235-5186) or check out the following:

Website: Poetry for Personal Power

Facebook: Poetry for Personal Power Also RSVP via Facebook.

Twitter: @PoetryforPower