Category: Health and Wellness

Flu shot clinics cancelled

By , October 14, 2014 3:40 pm

Flu Clinic Flyer 2014 - updateDue to an extreme delay in the delivery of flu vaccines, upcoming Student Health & Wellness Flu Shot Clinics have been cancelled.

We anticipate receiving the vaccines and will host the remaining flu shot clinics as follows:

– Wednesday, October 22nd, ASSC Pierson Auditorium 9am-12pm

– Tuesday, October 28th, Law School Viewing Gallery Courtroom 11am-2pm

Additional clinics will be scheduled as vaccines are delivered.

Call Student Health & Wellness at 816-235-6133 for updates and to make an appointment.

Fall Fling Health Fair–free health screenings and immunizations, including meningitis

By , September 16, 2014 1:32 pm

fall flingThe Fall Fling 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 Pierson Auditorium between 11am and 2pm on October 1st.

Free health screenings, testing, immunizations (including Meningitis, Flu, Tdap, HPV, Hep A and Hep B), and additional resources will be available at the health fair.

One of the most important vaccinations for college students is for Meningitis. This can be a serious bacterial or viral infection that attacks the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is a preventable disease that can affect college students and cause serious and even fatal consequences. The Missouri Health and Senior Services brochure is a great informational resource on Meningitis.

Punch cards will be given to all who attend. Submit your completed punch card for a chance to win one of three raffle prizes.

For additional information or questions, contact Student Health and Wellness at 816-235-5250.

Join the MO Challenge–log your miles for UMKC

By , September 9, 2014 10:34 am

MO MilesJoin the Missouri Miles Challenge and log your miles for UMKC!  Get active, stay fit, and do your part to get MO moving!  Governor Nixon has issued a challenge to all MO Colleges and Universities to log as many miles as possible during September.  So far, UMSL is leading our bracket! 

Joining is easy:  register for an account and be sure to select University of Missouri–Kansas City.  After you register an account, log in each day to report your miles (create your password at first log in).

Hashtag your journey! #100MoMiles #umkc #swinneyfit

Whether you walk, run, bike, or swim, your physical activity can be logged and credited to UMKC.  So get out there and get fit!  We are healthy Roos!


Smoke Free UMKC! Smoking Cessation Program

By , August 14, 2014 10:09 am

Remember–UMKC is now Smoke and Tobacco free! Ready to quit? make plans to join the 6-week Group Smoking Cessation program sponsored by UMKC Student Health and Wellness. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is provided FREE as part of the program. RSVP via email to by 22 August 2014. Must be present at first meeting to participate in full program.

Group Smoking Cessation


Stress Tips for the end of semester

By , April 22, 2014 8:43 am

calm[Guest post by Kathleen Ramo, Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing]

As the final weeks of the semester creep up on us and we start realizing the many homework assignments, quizzes, papers, and projects that are left to do we realize the deadlines are right around the corner and stress induces. One of the most important things to remember while facing a heavy load of work is to keep our stress to a minimum. I personally have a few things I like to do to reduce stress and clear my mind so I can get through my work with ease. My stress reducing techniques include:

  • Getting plenty of rest. Even though we sometimes find ourselves cramming until the wee hours of the night, studies show that a restful night’s sleep helps us perform better.
  • Take a power nap. If you find yourself dozing off while studying take a 20-30 minute nap to help recharge your batteries.
  • Go for a walk. Fresh air does more for us than we will ever know. Plus, getting some exercise helps stimulate your body.
  • Listen to music. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I put in my headphones and enjoy. Sometimes music helps get your mind off of whatever you’re thinking about so whenever you take your headphones out you have a clear mind to get back into whatever work you have.
  • Take a relaxing bath.
  • Find something that makes you laugh whether it be television, a movie, or calling up a hilarious friend.
  • One of the most effective things I do to keep my stress levels low is to prepare for exams, papers, and projects in advance. If you know you have assignments due the week before finals the time to start preparing is now!
  • Lastly, reward yourself. Set up something fun to do after you’ve finished your stressful week to unwind.

I hope these ideas helped, because I know we are all starting to feel the effects of stress as the semester comes to an end. Remember, there are three weeks until finals: the time to start preparing for those big projects and papers was yesterday. Stay relaxed and good luck!

Group Smoking Cessation Program For Students

By , March 11, 2014 9:44 am

smoking cessation promotionThe Student Health and Wellness will sponsor a six-week group smoking cessation program on Mondays starting March 31 through May 5.  The group will meet 2-3 p.m. at the UMKC MindBody Connection, located in the Atterbury Student Success Center, room 112.

Free nicotine replacement therapy will be provided with participation in the program.  Spots are limited.

RSVP to to reserve your spot.

Remember–UMKC will be a Tobacco-Free campus starting this Fall!

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