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Wellness Center

Spring 2020 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.  Spring 2020 Wellness Center Programs and Services (printable PDF)

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, 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.

  • Available M-F, 9 am - 5:30 pm


Stress Management and Mental Wellness



  • 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, 9:30 am to 4:30 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

  • Every Friday in the UW Art Museum from 12:15 - 12:45 pm

  • Registration required

  • February 6, 13, 20, 27 (Thurs): HA 117, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

  • March 4, 11, 25 and April 1 (Wed): Art Museum, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

  • April 3, 10, 17, 24 (Fri): HA 117, 9:00 - 10:20 am

  • April 9, 16, 23, 30 (Thurs): HA 117, 5:30 - 6:50 pm

  • 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.

  • Wednesdays: 4 - 5 pm, HA 115

    • Feb 12

    • March 11

    • April 15

  • Finals Week at Coe Library: Tuesday, May 12

    • 10 - 11 am

    • 12:30-1:30 pm

    • 4 - 5 pm

  • 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!

  • 4 - 5 pm, HA 115

    • Monday, Feb 10

    • Monday, Mar 2

    • Monday, Apr 6

    • Wednesday, May 6


  • Calligraphy with Kevin. The act of writing letters by hand can be very calming and restorative. Learn some basic handwriting techniques that combine to form simple, yet attractive letters of calligraphy. Supplies (pens and paper) will be provided. Register at:

  • Wednesday, February 26: 4 - 5 pm, HA 115

  • Thursday, April 23: 4-5 pm, HA 115

  • Art Well Coloring Contest. Stop by the Wellness Center to pick from one of the three designs per month. You can enjoy a calming coloring experience in the Zen Den or take it home. Return the artwork to the Wellness Center with your name and e-mail by the last day of the month. Winners will receive an art-themed prize. Artwork will be featured on the Wellness Center's social media pages.

  • Contest entries due by the end of the month:

    • Feb 29

    • Mar 31

    • April 30

  • Self-Love and Happiness Workshop. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you need it most? Gain skills for self-compassion and happiness. Join us for this 4-week workshop series and practice skills to enhance your capacity for emotional well-being.  Register at:

  • Registration required

  • February 4, 11, 18, 24 (Tues): HA 117, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

  • Gatekeepers Training. This may be the most important training you'll ever take. Offered in partnership with the University Counseling Center as part of the "UW Lifesavers Initiative", Gatekeepers Training teaches students, staff, faculty, and community members to help identify students at risk of suicide attempts and suicide. The interactive session provides participants with practical skills on how to intervene with a student, friend, or colleague who may be in a suicide crisis. Register at:

  • Feb. 4 (Tues): 10 am - Noon, Knight Hall 244

  • March 9 (Mon): 3 - 5 pm, Knight Hall 244

  • April 14 (Mon): 10 am - Noon, Union 203

  • May 5 (Tues): 3 - 5 pm, Knight Hall 244

  • Email for Gatekeeper Presentations for your campus organization or department.

  • Alcohol and Mental Health Screenings. Free and confidential general alcohol and mental health screenings will now be offered over the lunch hour by professional prevention staff on the first Thursday of every month. Screenings are open to all members of the UW campus community and will serve as a safe space to ask questions about mental health or substance use resources on campus and in the community. Screenings should take no longer than 10 minutes and will cover depression, anxiety, mood disorders, suicide, and alcohol related issues. 




  • Cowboy Cooking Class. Learn to cook budget-friendly, healthy, and easy meals! Sample delicious food and get recipes. Taught by professional chefs from UW's Residence Life and Dining Services. Register here:

  • Registration required

  • Feb 24, 4-6 pm in HA 115

    • Special "Cooking up Healthy Relationships" Cooking class and relationship discussion (Machu Picchu Salad)

    • All are welcome regardless of relationship status

    • Cooking is followed by a discussion on healthy relationships

  • Mondays from 4-5 pm in HA 115

    • March 30

    • April 27

  • 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. Minimum two weeks advance notice, please.

Physical Wellness



  • 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. Skinfold calipers and bioelectrical electrical impedance are used to estimate body composition. No registration or membership required!

  • Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Wellness Center

    • Feb 4

    • March 3

    • April 7

    • May 5

  • Personal Training ($): Receive personalized workouts and support from certified personal trainers to help you reach your fitness goals.

  • 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!

  • Available only to UW students.

  • Schedule and 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

  • Q&A meeting: Monday, January 27 at noon in Half Acre Room 115

  • Assessment Fair: Wednesday, January 29 at noon

  • First workout: Friday, January 31 at noon in the 2nd Floor Group Exercise Studio

  • Workouts: Mon, Wed, Fri from noon - 1 pm in the 2nd floor Group Exercise Studio

  • Passport to Good Health Fair. Join us for free health and wellness assessments, smoothie bike, foot massages, and get connected to resources in this partnership with UW's Exercise is Medicine and the University Counseling Center. Free to all UW students.

  • Thursday, March 5 from 11 am - 1 pm in the Wyoming Union Family Room


Sexual Wellness and Body Image



  • 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, April 9 from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

  • Union Ballroom

  • 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. Register at:

  • Registration is required

  • Peer Leader training: Tuesdays, February 4 & 11 from 5 - 9 pm, HA 117

  • Body Project sessions: TBA

  • 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. Register at :

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

  • Thursdays (Feb. 20, 27, March 5, 12) from 5:15-7:15 pm

  • Ag Building, Room 237

  • Registration required


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.

  • 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 for more information.

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

  • 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 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 or more information.

  • Meeting times and locations TBA

Contact Us

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


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