Category: Health and Wellness

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.

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.

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