Category: Health and Wellness

I Am Enough Photo Campaign

By , November 3, 2015 9:23 am


Enjoy these slides, created from the I Am Enough! photo campaign hosted on Thursday, October 15th.  This event was part of Love Your Body Day, and it was meant to promote positive body image. (click on picture for larger image)

I Am Enough! photo campaign was co-sponsored by UMKC Women’s Center, MindBody Connection, Swinney Recreation Center, UMKC Counseling Center, and UMKC Student Health and Wellness.

Thank you for participating!





Half-way through the semester–how are you doing?

By , October 6, 2015 1:22 pm

study groupsCan you believe we’re already halfway through the semester?  So, how are you doing?  It’s a simple question but one that everyone should ask themselves and their friends.

Now is the time to stop, take a breath, and assess where you are in each class this semester. Hopefully, you are all caught up on projects and papers and are well prepared for mid-term exams. You may have already met with your professors individually, joined SI sessions or other study groups, and are getting involved in campus life.

If not, it’s not too late!

  • Take a look at the syllabus for each class and see what’s coming up–if you haven’t already, put deadlines and test dates in your planner and start thinking about how much time you need to complete each project or study for each test. Put those timelines in your planner, too.
  • Review your past performance–if you know you can do better, take advantage of available academic resources to help you study smarter and get answers to questions. There are multiple resources on campus with a specific goal of your academic success. Supplemental Instruction, Math and Science Tutoring, Foreign Language Resource Center, University Libraries, and the Writing Studio are all available to give you additional support. Be sure to ask your professor if you don’t understand a concept or problem–they are here to help!
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Eating right, exercising, washing your hands thoroughly, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep each night can help fight off any infection you might come into contact with. Plus you’ll feel better and you’ll be able to focus on everything you need to get done! If you do get sick, or you need a flu shot, contact Student Health and Wellness to make an appointment.
  • Finally–remember that a little stress can help motivate, but stress can also build up and become overwhelming.  Check out the MindBody Connection for tips of identifying and manage stress or take a break at Swinney Recreation Center — physical excercise can often help you center yourself.  For more information, contact UMKC Counseling Services–they are here to help you succeed!

Fall Health & Wellness Fair

By , September 15, 2015 3:27 pm

Fall Health FairThe Fall Health & Wellness Fair is an interactive health fair with the objectives of educating UMKC faculty, staff and students about physical health needs, the services that are available both on campus and in the community, and empowering the UMKC family to make healthy lifestyle choices. Make plans to stop by the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room (4th Floor) between 11am and 2pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the Kangaroo Pantry and receive an extra raffle ticket!

Visit over 30 community and campus sponsored tables offering a variety of free immunizations and screening, food samples, and changes to win fantastic raffle prizes!  Free health screenings include blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing, mental health, posture analysis, BMI, HIV, and more!  Immunizations are courtesy of the Kansas City Health Department, and include Meningitis, Tdap, HPV, Hep A and Hep B.

For additional information or questions, contact Student Health and Wellness at 816-235-5350.

Wellness Tips for Starting the New School Year Right

By , September 1, 2015 5:27 pm

No One Does It AloneWith the new school year upon us, we gathered tips from students about what would be helpful for students going back to school. Whether you’re a first year student or a seasoned upperclassman or even a graduate student, these wellness tips will help you start the school year off right.

  1. Stay Focused: Summer is a good time to relax and recharge – but after a few months in the sun, it’s helpful to refocus on what you want to get out of your education. Reflect on what your college education means to you, and how it helps you to achieve your potential. This will allow you to return to school with a fresh and newly energized mindset.
  2. Get Mentally and Physically Prepared: The school grind can be tough. Loads of work and socializing can put your mind and body under pressure. Clear your mind and stay centered by exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating well.
  3. Set Achievable Goals: It’s easy to get bogged down with work and other obligations. Setting goals can help you manage your priorities when the school year starts. Whether it’s to join more clubs, get involved with a charity, go for a walk every day or take advantage of your professor’s office hours, specific goals will help make the school year more productive.
  4. Create Good Habits: Good habits (like getting to bed earlier or limiting your hours of screen time) can do wonders for your well-being. Establishing good habits at the beginning of the school year will help you to start off on the right foot and maintain them moving forward.
  5. Don’t Overthink It:Be confident in your preparation and your abilities as a student. Try not to get too caught up in worrying about your grades or how much other students may be doing compared to you. Instead, put trust in yourself that you will be fine and are capable of navigating challenges that may come your way.

Remember, if you are concerned about yourself or a friend, please speak up and ask for help. Reach out to a counselor or advisor. On the UMKC campus, support is here for you at Student Health & Wellness, the Counseling Center, the MindBody Connection, and the Offices of Services for Students with Disabilities. Additionally, you can always text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273 TALK (8255) for support.

For more tips about staying emotionally healthy at school, visit


Spring Break Blast

By , March 16, 2015 10:59 am

Pot O' Gold Spring Break Blast 2015

UMKC Celebrates V-Day

By , February 3, 2015 11:20 am

VDayLogoIn collaboration with the 2015 V-Day campaign, the UMKC Women’s Center will bring “The Vagina Monologues” and other V-Day events to the campus and the Kansas City community. V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds from all events benefit the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project and V-Day’s 2015 spotlight campaign, “One Billion Rising.”

Following is a schedule of February events:

● A V-Day Book Display will be on display from Feb. 2-Feb. 27 in the Miller Nichols Library. Visitors can stop by to check out books and information about the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls.

● V-Men Workshop will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 18 in the Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall. This program focuses on how men can make a positive impact to stop violence against women and girls. This event is for MEN ONLY.

● A benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 10 in the Student Union Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students in advance or $15 for students and $20 for non-students at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or by visiting the V-Day UMKC website.

V-Day celebrates its fifteenth anniversary of working to end violence against women and girls.   A nonprofit corporation, V-Day distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls.  The V-Day movement is growing rapidly in 130 countries, and has spread to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and all of North America.  In 14 years, the V-Day movement has raised more than $90 million.

In line with the V-Day campaign and fundraising efforts, the Women’s Center is selling chocolates and other V-Day items at an information table on Feb. 4 in the Miller Nichols Learning Center Lobby. For information on purchasing V-Day items or becoming involved with V-Day UMKC 2015, call the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638 or email the Women’s Center.

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