Category: Health and Wellness

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.

Simple Servings at the UMKC Cafeteria

By , January 27, 2015 9:56 am

Simple ServingsUMKC Dining Services is pleased to announce the newest dining concept on campus–Simple Servings.  All foods served at this station are prepared exclusively with ingredients which do not contain the following food allergens:  milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, or gluten.*  We know that these ingredients account for about 90% of all food allergies–and with Simple Servings, the University family can address their dietary needs easily and simply.

Straightforward preparation techniques assure transparency of ingredients.  The lunch and dinner menu change daily and include varied protein options:  fish, beef, pork, chicken and turkey.  All side dishes are vegan, containing no milk, eggs, or meat products.

*While every precaution is taken, it’s important to note that food is prepared in a facility that uses these ingredients in the production of other dishes.

Don’t stress about being stressed!

By , November 18, 2014 11:15 am

relaxingThe first thing I’ll say, just to get it out of the way:  there are, essentially, three weeks left of classes.  There’s the rest of this week, then Thanksgiving break (which isn’t really a break, right?), then two weeks before finals start.

Second thing I’ll say, just to remind you: everyone stresses a little.  It’s normal.  It happens.  But, as they say, a little stress can go a long way.  So, third thing—and most important—it’s possible, even easy, to deal with it before it becomes a major hassle.

Don’t ignore it, though.  When I ignore what’s stressing me, I start doing anything but what I should be doing—and that’s tackling it [the project that’s causing me to stress] head-on.  So I vacuum.  I rearrange furniture or the kitchen cabinets.  On the plus side, my apartment is super-clean around this time of year.  But, knowing that I’m just delaying the inevitable actually makes me more stressed.

Being able to manage my own outlook on stress is probably the most important thing I can do.  Once I figure out what it is I’m ignoring (I mean, I don’t even like to vacuum, so why am I doing it all the time?) I can get down to figuring out why I’m stressed about it and what to do next.

I first make a quick plan for each project looming ahead of me.  Start with the end result—the due date—and work backwards from there.  Hopefully, I’ve been keeping up with the assignments and readings, so all that I really need to do is to get energized and back on track.  Sometimes working on a project for so long leads to apathy or, yes, even loathing towards that project and I just want it to go away.  I have to remember that the only way to get it off my back is to make a focused plan to finish it.

My quick plan turns into a handy outline that I can check-off each step, which is very satisfying.  If I haven’t been keeping up or if I just need more time to finish some of the readings, at least I know my timeframe and can better plan my approach.  Again, keeping the to-do steps small and manageable is immensely helpful when faced with something that looks daunting—that way the long list shrinks quickly!

In addition to getting myself back on track with an outline, I start each day with a workout at Swinney Recreation Center.  The 45 minutes all to myself either in the pool or on the elliptical is invigorating and allows me to think about the day ahead—or I can just not think at all, which is also helpful!  But be sure to schedule these types of breaks throughout your day.  Too often, I start out with a great swim but forget to take a break later, which makes for a long, tiring day.  And the more tired I am, the less I want to work on my projects—you know the cycle!  So take breaks and get plenty of sleep to recharge your body and your mind.  College is all about balance, and that includes making time to take care of yourself and your mental health.

Other quick ways to recharge are easy to do and surprisingly cheap.  Take a walk (bundle up, though!), catch your favorite TV show, enjoy a mid-afternoon fruit smoothie, meditate for a half-hour, meet up with friends for appetizers.  If you need more ideas (I know, not everyone can vacuum as much as I do!), check out some of the online resources available on the Counseling Center’s website.  The MindBody Connection in the Student Success Center can also help you work in some balance and stress relief.  The mission of the MindBody Connection is to help students learn skills to manage academic and personal stressors.  Some of the services they provide include the relaxation station (with massage chair!), eWave by HeartMath, and Wii Hours of the Day.  Playtime is very important to managing stress!

But the key message here is that you, too, can reduce your stress level!   By taking care of yourself–mentally and physically–and looking at all projects and papers as smaller parts of a puzzle, these next few weeks will breeze by and you will be well-rested and focused for those final papers, presentations, and exams.

Know what the Flu is and how to prevent it

By , November 18, 2014 11:15 am

SHWWhat Is the Flu?

Influenza, commonly known as the “Flu”, is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by Influenza A or B Viruses.  Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring.  The Flu Virus attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.

How Is Flu Spread?

The Flu Virus is spread from person to person through respiratory secretions and typically sweeps through groups of people who spend time in close contact with each other, such as in classrooms, college dorms, and offices.  The Flu is spread when you inhale droplets in the air that contain the Flu Virus, make direct contact with respiratory secretions through sharing drinks or utensils, or handle items contaminated by an infected person.  The Flu Virus on your skin can infect you when you touch or rub your eyes, nose, or mouth.  That’s why frequent and thorough hand washing is a key way to limit the spread of Influenza.  Flu symptoms start to develop from one to four days after infection with the virus.

Common Symptoms of Seasonal Flu

  • Temperature >100.4 F
  • Body Aches
  • Dry Cough
  • Headache
  • Body Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat
  • Possible Diarrhea or Vomiting

What to Do If You Think You Have the Flu

  • GO TO BED!
  • Call UMKC Student Health and Wellness, or another healthcare provider.
  • Stay away from people (self-isolate) until you are 24 hours fever-free (without fever-reducing medication), or 7 days after onset, whichever is shorter.
  • Call a friend to bring you food or medicine as needed.
  • Treat any fever, pain, or headaches with ibuprofen or acetaminophen.  Ibuprofen 200 to 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed (up to 1200 mg/day), or Acetaminophen 325 to 650 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed (up to 3000 mg/day).
  • Drink 8 to 16 oz. of water, juice, broth, etc., each hour while you’re awake.
  • Take your temperature every few hours to monitor your fever.

I Don’t Have the Flu, But What Can I Do To Prevent It?

  • Stay away from sick people!!!
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Get the yearly Flu Vaccine to decrease your chances of getting the seasonal flu.
  • Protect your immune system by…
  • eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • getting plenty of sleep (7-10 hours per night).
  • not smoking!!  It weakens your lungs against infections.
  • not drinking alcohol!!

Contact UMKC Student Health & Wellness at (816) 235-6133

or check out www.cdc.gov for more information!

Health Care and Big Data–implications for the future

By , November 11, 2014 10:15 am

Mark Hoffman“Health Care and Big Data” a talk by Mark Hoffman Ph.D.
Tuesday, November 18th at 5:30pm on Hospital Hill: Theater B

Electronic health records, genomics and large-scale population level data are all becoming increasingly important in informing health care research and delivery, and each involves the generation and analysis of massive amounts of information.  Dr. Hoffman will share an overview of “Big Data” and some examples of the connection between big data and new technology-based innovations that have the potential to transform health care.

Dr. Mark Hoffman is Director of the Center for Health Insights at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), where he also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics and the Department of Pediatrics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and performed post-doctoral research at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames Iowa. Before joining UMKC, he spent 16 years leading genomics, public health and research initiatives at Cerner Corporation, where he was a Vice President. In addition to his peer-reviewed publications, Mark is an inventor on 16 issued patents.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library portFOLio Series.

Time change and winter weather — be aware, stay safe!

By , November 4, 2014 8:55 am

SafetyTime change brings colder weather and shorter days–you may start the day driving to school in the dark and then end up driving home in the dark.  With only weeks left of the semester and holidays coming up, you will likely be distracted and stressed trying to get everything done.  Please don’t get so distracted by texting or scrolling through your phone while walking that you forget to watch for cars when crossing the street.

When walking across campus, try not to walk alone.  However, if you find you must do so, be aware of your surroundings and stay on lighted sidewalks.  Know what is going on around you at all times, the location of emergency blue-light call boxes, and the number for the UMKC police department (235-1515).  Also, keep in mind the UMKC police department offers a personal escort service.  If you feel the need to be escorted to your car or your residence hall, call the police department at 235-1515.  For more information on campus safety, visit the campus safety website.

Colder weather also seems to bring on car troubles.  Take your vehicle for a regular service now before the weather really turns–there’s nothing worse than having a breakdown when it’s snowing!  With colder weather, it’s always a good idea to keep your gas tank above half-full.  Keep emergency numbers in your car as well as an emergency kit, including blankets, snacks, flashlight, jumper cables, de-icer, scraper, and a phone charger.

UMKC’s crime statistics are very low with most crimes reported being burglaries. Prevention is key — so remember to keep track of your belongings and don’t leave them unattended or in plain view in your vehicle (put bags and packages in your trunk or under a blanket out of sight).

Finally, if it does snow enough that classes are cancelled, this information will be posted by 6am with the local media channels and posted on the UMKC homepage.  Emergency notifications will also be sent out via UMKC Alert to the phone number and email address you specified when you opted in before registering for classes.

Will a little planning now, this winter season can be fun AND safe!

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