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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. Check out some of our Spring 2017 offerings.  Unless otherwise noted with ($), most Wellness Center programs and services are free to UW students, faculty and staff.

Topic Areas



General Wellness

  • 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, massage therapy room, and athletic training room.  15-30 minutes; audiences of 3-10, but can negotiate accommodations for more.
  • Presentations and Outreach: We offer a variety of free educational programs and presentations on different health topics.  Request a presentation for your student organization or class. 
  • Health Assessments and Screenings: Check your blood pressure, take and online sleep assessment, get screened for alcohol, depression, anxiety or other health issues.
  • 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!
  • Wellness BINGO: Pick up a BINGO card, get a stamp for every Wellness Center and fitness program you attend.  Win prizes for getting BINGOS and blackouts!
  • World Health Day (April 7, 2017): We are celebrating World Health Day as a kick-off to UW's Exercise is Medicine initiative. On World Health Day, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center will be open to the university community and we will have 16 hours of opportunities to get people moving, from free rentals from the Outdoor Program, a 16- hour walk around the track, special exercise instruction and fitness classes, health and wellness resources, and much more.

Stress Management and Mental Wellness

  • Massage Therapy ($): Whether you want help with relaxation and stress relief, or to work out muscle aches and pains, our massage therapists will leave you feeling rejuvenated.  $35/half hour, $60/hour massage.  Gift certificates available.  Open to UW students only.
  • Chair Massage Services Rental* ($): Do you have a student event or meeting?  Want to recruit people for your student group?  Let us help!  Rent our chair massage services on an hourly basis for special student events.  We provide the massage chairs and the skilled and trained massage therapists. You provide the students. Contact us for a price quote.
  • Drop-in Meditation: Drop in for a guided meditation practice.  Offered weekly in the Wellness Center Zen Den.
  • Big Sky Mindfulness Stress Reduction Workshops: This 4-week workshop teaches skills in mindfulness and meditation. The curriculum-based program will help you decrease stress as well as find more satisfaction in your daily life. Great for beginners and experienced meditators! Registration is required.
  • Doggie De-Stressor: Come relax and de-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. Offered once a month.
  • Kitty De-Stressor: Come relax and de-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!
  • Art-Well De-Stress Program: Art-Well is our adult coloring program. Coloring isn't just for kids. It can help decrease stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness in adults too. Drop in for our relaxing Art-Well program and color your stress away. Coloring pages and colors are provided. We offer scheduled Art-Well times, but if you can't make those, come to the Wellness Center Zen Den any time on your own.
  • Mindfulness Day Hike at Vedawoo: The Outdoor Program and the Wellness Center have teamed up to provide a day hike at Vedawoo with a special focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on the present without judgement, noticing and discovering new things, and being aware of your thoughts and surroundings from a place of curiosity. Multiple studies have shown that a focus on mindfulness can lead to a variety of benefits for individuals who practice it in their daily lives. Facilitators trained in mindfulness will lead the hike. Transportation and facilitation included.  Limit: ten participants.

Nutrition

  • Cowboy Cooking Class: Learn to cook budget-friendly, healthy, and easy meals! Sample delicious food and get recipes. Offered twice a month during the academic year. Registration is required.
  • Mindful Eating*: No more diets! Learn how to listen to your body and let it tell you what, when, why, and how to eat. Practice with delicious food samples provided. This is a regular program offered at the Wellness Center once a month, but can also be an outreach program offered to your group or organization. Registration is required.
  • 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.
  • Nutrition Education Seminars: We'll be offering two seminars this semester, one focused on weight loss and one focused on sports nutrition. Our registered Dietitian will explore each of these topics and the many different techniques people can use to help participants reach their goals. This event is free and open to UW students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ask the RD: Have burning nutrition questions? Stop by the table to ask our Registered Dietitian how you could improve your eating habits!

Physical Wellness

  • Half Acre Gym Tours: Get to know what Half Acre Gym has to offer!  This 30-45 minute tour will orient you to the equipment and locations of your favorite programs. It will be led by a knowledgeable personal trainer and will be offered once a month. Not registration or membership required!
  • 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!
  • Small Group Training Series: Looking for direction and consistency with your fitness routine? This free training series meets twice a week for three weeks. Up to 8 participants will work with a certified Personal Trainer to learn the basics of weightlifting and setting up a successful training program. Space is limited so participants must sign up in advance for the three week series. Must be a member of Half Acre.
  • Personal Training ($): Receive personalized workouts and support to help you reach your fitness goals.  Must be a member of Half Acre.
  • Athletic Training: Let our athletic trainer help you with your injury prevention and care needs. Available only to UW students.
  • 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. Must be a member of Half Acre.

Student Involvement Opportunities

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

*This presentation is also available as an outreach topic for your organization or class.


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Wellness Center

Half Acre Campus Recreation

Room 107

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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