Category: Health and Wellness

Building Mindfulness

By , August 23, 2016 11:21 am

MindfulnessImageHave you heard of Mindfulness practice and its benefits?  Please consider joining us for a weekly skill-building and practice group and learn how to apply mindfulness skills in everyday life.  Mindfulness helps in many ways including improving focus, managing stress, increasing serenity, enhancing stability, and fostering wisdom.  The group will be facilitated by UMKC Counseling Services and held at the MindBody Connection. 

The mindfulness group will meet on Wednesdays from 3:15pm-4:45pm in the Reflection Room at the MindBody Connection.  Session dates are September 14th through November 16th.  Registration is required, as space is limited; so please register today if you are interested.  Due to the skill-building nature of the group, attendance at each group session is important.  

For questions or to register, please contact Dale Voigt-Catlin at 816-235-5352 or


Mindfulness Group

Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

September 14th – November 16th

The Mind Body Connection

Room 112 – Atterbury Student Success Center

Space is limited, so register today!


Stress Less Fest 2015!

By , December 7, 2015 12:49 pm

Stress Less 2015Need a break from studying this week for finals?  Check out Stress Less Fest–starting today with a Holiday Hustle at Swinney Recreation Center (interval training to get your heart pumping for a good reason).  Other events include a healing arts workshop, massages, cuddling with puppies, Wind Down Wednesday, and the popular Late Night Breakfast.  Click on the poster for more details.

Also note — extended hours at the Union and the Miller Nichols Library to meet your late-night study needs.

Good luck and don’t forget to take care of yourself!










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


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