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Wellness Center

Educational Programming

 The Wellness Center works to create and support a culture of health and wellness at the University of Wyoming.  Unless otherwise noted with ($), most Wellness Center programs and services are free to UW students, faculty and staff.  Fall 2018 Programs and Services (printable PDF)

Topic Areas

General Wellness

Program

Details

  • Wellness Center Open House. Come see the beautiful Wellness Center and all that we have to offer.  Spin yourself a delicious smoothie on our Blender Bike, try out our new massage chairs (UW students only), check out the "Zen Den", meet our staff, and find out about our upcoming programs and services.

  • Wednesday, September 5, from 11 am - 1 pm in the Wellness Center

  • Wellness Center Tours: Come see the beautiful new Wellness Center and all that we have to offer. Highlights include the Zen Den, personal training room, Re-Charge room, and Athletic Training room.  15-30 minutes; audiences of 3-10, but can negotiate accommodations for more.

  • As requested.

  • As requested. Two weeks advance notice, please.

  • Health Assessments and Screenings: Check your blood pressure, take an online sleep assessment, get screened for alcohol, depression, anxiety or other health issues.

  • Use our self-service blood pressure cuff in the Wellness Center lobby.

  • Zen Den Relaxation Lounge: Stop in the Wellness Center Zen Den for a break. Listen to relaxing music, feel the sun in your face, unplug from technology and relax. Get a foot massage with our amazing electronic foot massagers

  • Available M-F, 9 am - 5:30 pm

Stress Management and Mental Wellness

Program

Details

  • Massage Chairs. Whether you want help with relaxation and stress relief, or to work out muscle aches and pains, our electronic full-body massage chairs will leave you feeling rejuvenated.  Free for UW students with valid WyoOne ID.

  • M-F, 9 am to 5:30 pm

  • UW students only with valid WyoOne ID.

  • Schedule an appointment through the Wellness Center.

  • Drop-in Meditation: Drop in for a guided meditation practice. Great for beginners and experienced meditators!

  • Every Thursday in the Wellness Center Zen Den from 12:15 - 12:45 pm.

  • 3:30 - 4:50 pm

  • Registration required

  • September: Wednesdays 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3

  • October: Tuesdays: 9, 16, 23, 30

  • November: Mondays: 5, 12, 19, 26

  • Puppy Play Dates. Come relax and manage your stress with certified therapy dogs. Pet them, read to them, sing to them, talk to them, snuggle them. Studies suggest that petting a kind animal can help people relax, feel more optimistic, and less preoccupied with everyday stress.

  • Sept. 11 (Tuesday), Oct. 10 (Wednesday), Nov. 13 (Tuesday) from 4-5 pm in Half Acre 115

  • Dec. 11 (Tuesday) from 4-5 pm in Coe Library 218

  • Kitty Cuddle Time. Come relax and manage your stress with adorable kittens! Pet them, read to them, sing to them, talk to them, snuggle them. Kittens are from the Laramie Animal Welfare Society and are also adoptable!

  • Sept. 18 (Tuesday), Oct. 17 (Wednesday), Nov. 27 (Tuesday), Dec. 12 (Wednesday) from 4-5 pm in Half Acre 115.

  • Self-Love and Happiness Workshop. During this 1.5 hour workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of self-compassion for themselves and others. Participants will also participate in several guided self-compassion meditations and exercises. These meditations and exercises are designed to teach participants how to practice self-compassion and increase their well-being and happiness. What to bring to the workshop--your openness and curiosity. Register at: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Oct. 18 (Thurs)   noon - 1:30 pm

  • Oct. 29 (Mon)     noon- 1:30 pm

  • Nov. 14 (Wed)     3:30 - 5:00 pm

  • Nov. 28 (Wed)     3:30 - 5:00 pm

  • Class location: Half Acre 117


Nutrition

Program

Details

  • Cowboy Cooking Class. Learn to cook budget-friendly, healthy, and easy meals! Sample delicious food and get recipes. Taught by Travis Smith, Assistant Director of Dining from Residence Life and Dining Services. Register at: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Registration required.

  • Fridays, 4 - 5 pm in Half Acre 117

  • Sept. 28: Innovative Sandwiches and Grilled Cheesery-Making the most of your countertop panini grill

  • Oct. 26: Eating Economically with Rice Cooker Cookery-One Pot Grain and Legume Dishes

  • Nov. 30: Stay Warm with Hearty Autumnal Chile, Soup and Stew

  • 21 Day Nutrition Challenge. The new tradition is good nutrition!  Sign up for this self-paced nutrition challenge and receive daily motivational and educational emails to help you improve your eating habits! Register at: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Starts September 10

  • Contact the Wellness Center to sign up

  • Free Fruit Fridays: Eating healthy doesn't have to be difficult. Stop by the Wellness Center every Friday and pick up a free piece of fruit, until supplies last. UW students only, please.

  • UW Students only, please

  • Smoothie Bike. The first Friday of the month, we bring out our amazing smoothie bike! Stop by the Wellness Center and spin yourself a delicious smoothie!

  • First Friday of the month during the academic year.

  • Smoothie Bike Rental ($): Do you have a juicy event or meeting that you'd like to make even better? Let us help! Rent our smoothie bike on an hourly basis for special events. We provide the bike, staff, and all the delicious ingredients! Minimum two weeks advance notice. Contact us for a price quote.

  • By request only. Two weeks advance notice, please.


Physical Wellness


Program

Details

  • Body Composition Testing: The scale and the mirror are not always the best way to judge body fat and the success of a fitness program. Body composition testing is a great way to set a baseline and track progress. Testing is conducted by certified Personal Trainers and is free. The quick 15-minute sessions are conducted on a first come, first served basis, once a month. Workout clothing is advised, but not mandatory. No registration or membership required!

  • First Tuesday of each month from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Wellness Center.

  • Must be a member of Half Acre.

  • First two sessions are free. After that, $15/session for UW Students and $20/session for UW faculty/staff

  • Athletic Training: Let our Certified Athletic Trainer help you with your injury prevention and care needs. Free for UW students with a valid WyoOne ID!

  • UW students only with valid WyoOne ID.

  • Schedule an appointment through the Wellness Center

  • Adult Wellness for Faculty and Staff. The Adult Wellness Program for faculty and staff gives participants the opportunity to improve overall health, conquer challenging fitness goals, increase confidence, and learn proper exercise techniques to amplify their experience in a fun and motivating environment. We aim to create a realistic and lasting passion for health and fitness in adults that can be sustained for life.

  • Included with Campus Recreation membership

  • Info Meeting: Monday, September 10 at noon in Half Acre 115

  • Assessment Fair: Wednesday, September 12 at noon

  • First workout: Friday, September 14 at noon

  • Workouts: Mon, Wed, Fri at noon in the 2nd floor Group Exercise Studio

  • Flu Shot Clinic for Faculty and Staff. The Wellness Center is excited to partner with Wyoming Health Fairs and offer a flu shot clinic to benefited faculty and staff. All State of Wyoming Health Plan participants (employees and spouses who are covered) may receive one flu shot free of charge per calendar year.

  • Oct. 4 & 5 from 11 am to 1:00 pm

  • Nov. 1 & 2 from 11 am to 1:00 pm

  • Half Acre 117

  • Must present Cigna Health insurance card.

  • Exercise is Medicine Family Weekend 5k Walk/Run. Join us for a 3.1 mile fun walk/run to promote physical activity and exercise. Sign up individually or as a team/family. Prizes will go to individuals and teams with fastest times and largest family. Free to all UW students, faculty, and staff.  Register for the 5K Walk/Run.

  • Saturday, Sept 29 at 9:00 am. Meet at the UW Recreation Fields at East Willett Drive and North 22nd St.

 Financial Wellness 

  • TBA

Sexual Wellness and Body Image

Program

Details

  • Relationship Smarts. Join us for a class series about healthy romantic relationships delivered by peer educators through the department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Learn about how to find a great match, maintain a healthy relationship, communicate effectively, and identify warning signs of abusive relationships. As a research project, participants are eligible to receive financial incentives. Register at: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Open to UW students age 18-25 who are single, dating, or in a committed relationship.

  • Wednesdays in October (3,10,17,24,31) from 4-6 pm

  • Ag Building, Room 237

  • Registration required

  • GYT (Get Yourself Talking, Get Yourself Tested). The Wellness Center's Wellness Ambassadors are excited to team up with UW's Student Health Service to offer free STD testing to UW students. No exam is required and free pizza will be provided to participants.

  • Thursday, September 13 in Union Ballroom

  • Time: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

  • The Body Project. This is a peer-led educational program that engages college women in tough conversations that our society has created about "the perfect body." The program involves two, two-hour sessions and trained peer leaders will guide groups of 6-8 women in conversations about body image, body acceptance, and the costs of pursuing the unattainable ideal appearance. Participants will not only receive tools to forge a healthy mindset around their body, but will also gain skills to positively impact the dynamic concerning the appearance ideal.

  • Registration is required

  • Dates/times/locations TBA

Student Involvement Opportunities

Program

Details

  • Wellness Ambassadors Program. This is a student organization whose goal is to provide training, support, and opportunities for UW students to become leaders in campus health promotion. The program is open to any undergraduate or graduate student interested in promoting health and wellness at UW.

  • Fall training scheduled for Saturday, September 22, from 9 am - 5 pm

  • Apply here

  • Health Leadership Certificate Program. A self-paced program that provides opportunities to improve your health, wellness, and health promotion leadership skills, along with receiving recognition for your health promotion and health leadership achievements and contributions.

  • Internships. Every semester the Wellness Center provides opportunities for students to receive meaningful work experience and internship credit.

Coalition and Advocacy Opportunities

  • A-Team Coalition. Join campus and community members as we come together to develop, recommend, and assess best practices in policy, prevention, and intervention, and enforcement to reduce underage drinking and excessive alcohol use. Open to anybody! Contact aware@uwyo.edu for more information.

  • Meets first Friday of the month from noon - 2 pm in Washakie Shoshone Room

  • Exercise is Medicine Coalition. Join campus and community members to promote physical activity as a way to achieve overall wellness. Open to anybody! Contact eim_oc@uwyo.edu for more information.

  • Meeting times and locations TBA.

  • Lifesavers Coalition. Join campus and community members as we come together to promote mental health, decrease stigma, and work to prevent suicide. Open to anybody! Contact tgeil@uwyo.edu for more information.

  • Meets second Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • "No More" Sexual Violence Coalition. Join campus and community members as we come together to raise awareness and show support for those who have experienced sexual misconduct. Open to anybody! Contact mselheim@uwyo.edu or more information.

  • Meeting times and locations TBA


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Wellness Center

Half Acre Campus Recreation

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Dept 3604

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-9355

Fax: 307-766-6720

Email: wellness@uwyo.edu

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