Real Appeal: Taking Small Steps to Start Fresh!

If you’re like most people at this time of year, you’re motivated to start building — or rebuilding — healthier habits. The key is making it achievable, not unrealistic.

Real Appeal® on Rally Coach helps you take small steps for lasting change. It’s an online weight management program and healthy lifestyle app that helps you set goals, track meals and activities, and get ongoing support from a coach and is covered by your United Healthcare medical coverage!

Online Convenience

Set goals, track your meals and activity, stream expert-led workouts, and access hundreds of recipes.

Personalized Support Communicate

1:1 with an online coach to discuss your specific health goals and circumstances.

Motivational Resources

Join live sessions with a community of members to learn practical tips for meal prepping, cooking meals with fewer calories, and more.

Real Appeal Q&A Sessions

If you have any questions about participating join one of the Real Appeal Q&A Sessions hosted by Health Engagement Coordinator, Secily Adams:

Thursday, December 8 at 9:30am

Wednesday, December 14 at 11:00am

Monday, December 19 at 10:00am

Wednesday, January 4 at 2:30pm

For any additional questions or the link to sign up please email your Health Engagement Coordinator, Secily Adams,


November Wellness Newsletter – United Healthcare

National Diabetes Month & Great American Smokeout

November’s Health Observance is American Diabetes Month & Great American Smokeout. Looking for educational information related to this topic? If so, check out the following UnitedHealthcare educational resources: 

My Diabetes Toolkit
Understanding Diabetes
Managing Blood Sugar
Quitting smoking: benefits and tips
Living tobacco free

November Lunch & Learn – Mark Your Calendar!

In 2022, each month we will be hosting Lunch and Learns on various wellbeing topics. The focus in November will educate you on Self Care. This Lunch and Learn will educate you on why it is important to invest in your own self-care to maximize your well-being.  We will discuss the key investments to self-care and create an action plan to incorporate 1-2 key investments that may help improve your well-being.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Secily at  or directly through the link below.

Wednesday, November 9, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Meeting Link Here

Interested in the information but can’t make the scheduled Lunch and Learns. Reach out to Secily and she can set up a presentation for you, your department or team on campus or virtually.

Monthly Wellness Newletters

You can also complete the wellness survey to receive monthly newsletters via email. 

Register for on-site Flu Shot Clinic

As flu season approaches, getting an annual flu shot can help keep yourself and others safe. Flu shot clinics will be available on campus to help make this process even easier. Clinics will be held on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, September 27, 1-4pm in Pierson Auditorium

Tuesday, October 11, 1-4pm in HSB 4307

Wednesday, October 19, 9am – 12pm in Plaza Room in the Admin Center

How to register

Flu shots are available by appointment only. Access the scheduling portal to view the clinic schedule and register for a time slot.

Flu shots are covered for faculty, staff, retirees and dependents (children 7 years and older accompanied by a parent or guardian) enrolled in a UM System medical plan. Registration should be completed for each individual receiving a flu shot. A confirmation email with a consent form will be sent for each appointment scheduled. 

For more info

Additional information, including access to the scheduling portal, privacy practices and general tips are available on the Flu shots and health screenings ( webpage. Learn about other opportunities to stay connected with wellness, or for questions, submit a request to the HR Service Center ( via AskHR or call (573) 882-2146.

EAP Services Available to All Employees

As an employee at UMKC, your personal and professional well-being is a priority. There is no better time for a reminder that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help with personal, family, relationship, and financial difficulties.

Through our continued partnership with Saint Luke’s Health System, Human Resources and UM Total Rewards offers an EAP service to all faculty, staff, and dependents. Program benefits include access to professional counselors trained to assist with stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, work concerns, financial issues, and family or relationship difficulties.

Visit the Saint Luke’s EAP Website for more info and to explore the many benefits they provide.

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Employees can receive up to three phone or in-person counseling sessions for any personal issue. EAP also provides access to more than 5,000 online articles and 500 videos about health topics. In addition, a monthly webinar series is also available that has recently covered topics such as care for aging loved ones, finances, nutrition, health, and an upcoming Vision Board webinar in January.

Schedule your appointment today by calling 816-931-3073 or toll-free 1-800-327-1223 during business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Services are provided through five offices located across the Kansas City area, as well as more than 40,000 network providers nationwide. Evening appointments are available, and emergencies are responded to 24/7. EAP counselors can also assist in referral for on-going care.

For more information or questions, please contact the HR Service Center at 816-235-1621.

Mammogram Van coming to UMKC!

Diagnostic Imaging Centers’ mobile 3D mammography van is headed to Voelker campus on July 13 and Health Sciences campus on July 14. The van will be offering quick and convenient mammograms to employees and spouses that are on the University medical plan and that are due for their yearly screening. Mammograms are recommended yearly for women ages 40 & above.  If you are interested in booking an appointment, reach out to Secily Adams, UM System Health Engagement Coordinator at