Category: Health and Wellness

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!

Critical Need–Sign Up for the UMKC Blood Drive

By , February 24, 2014 3:51 pm

Community-Blood-Center_300x300There is a critical shortage of blood in the Kansas City area due to the fact that many drives were cancelled due to recent inclement weather.

Urgent calls for blood donations are going out across our KC community. The unit of blood each donor provides usually saves two lives.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in room 557 of Flarsheim Hall on the Volker Campus.

Sign up for an appointment by:

  1. emailing Jane Vogl,, site coordinator, the time you would like to donate – slots are open every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
  2. signing up online at , click on schedule an appointment and enter the code: SCE and then click on search to access the link to this drive’s appointment page.

Resources Available on Counseling Center Website

By , February 17, 2014 5:56 pm

CounselingDid you know that the Counseling Center website is full of helpful information you can access even if you never walk through our doors? 

You may want to know how to handle stress, how to help a friend, or how to cope with a loss.  Or you may want to know if your problems are severe enough to warrant coming in for help.  You can do a mental health screening for depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or an eating disorder.  Need some help with relaxation?  Want to track your mood to find out when you are feeling well and when you are struggling?  Our website can direct you to helpful apps and other online resources to help you with these concerns and many others. 

Check it out today at and click on “Self-Help Resources” on the left side of the page.

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