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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 2019 Wellness Center 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.

  • Friday, September 6, from 9 am to 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.

  • 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, 9:30 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

  • Mondays 3:30 -4:50pm: September 30, October 7, 14 & 21

  • Thursdays 3:30 - 4:50 pm: October 3, 10, 17 & 24

  • Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:50 pm: October 15, 22 & 29 and November 5

  • Fridays 9:00 - 10:20 am: November 1, 8, 15 & 22

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, September 17; Wednesday, October 16; Tuesday, November 19 from 4-5 pm in Half Acre 115

  • Monday, December 16 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!

  • Tuesday, September 24

  • Wednesday, October 23

  • Tuesday, December 10

  • 4-5 pm in Half Acre 115

  • 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: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Registration required

  • Wednesdays: October 30, November 6, 13, & 20

  • 3:30 - 4:50 pm

  • Class location: Half Acre 117

  • 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: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Thursday, August 29, 3-5 pm, Union 203

  • Wednesday, September 18, 10 am - noon, Union 202

  • Wednesday, October 16, 10 am - noon, Union 202

  • Tuesday, November 12, 3-5 pm, Knight Hall 244

  • "It's Real" Documentary Screening and Candle Lighting. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Watch this brief, yet powerful documentary by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) that follows six diverse college students on their mental health journeys. Immediately following the screening, join us for a candle lighting and moment of silence in Simpson Plaza.

  • Thursday, September 12: 7:00 pm

  • Half Acre Room 115


Nutrition

Program

Details

  • 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: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Registration required

  • 4-5 pm in Half Acre 115

  • Wednesday, September 25: Pastry Chef Keefe Fillerup "High altitude baking and sourdough bread"

  • Monday, October 28: Chef Mathew Branson "Plant-based cooking for health and sustainability"

  • Monday, November 18: TBA

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

  • Tuesdays, September 10, October 1, November 5 & December 3

  • 4-5:30 pm in the Wellness Center

  • 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, September 16 at noon in Half Acre Room 115

  • Assessment Fair: Wednesday, September 18 at noon

  • First workout: Friday, September 20 at noon in the 2nd Floor Group Exercise Studio

  • Workouts: Mon, Wed, Fri from noon - 1 pm 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.

  • October 3 & 4 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

  • November 7 & 8 from 11:30 - 1:30 pm

  • Half Acre Room 117

  • Must present Cigna Health Insurance Card.

 

Financial Wellness 

  • Stay tuned for upcoming workshops, presentations and activities that can help you be more financially literate and well. Get more information on financial wellness resources at: http://www.uwyo.edu/finwellness/

  • 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. Register at: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

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

  • Thursdays in October (3, 10, 17, 24) at times TBD

  • 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.

  • Wednesday, September 25 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. Register at: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

  • Registration is required

  • September 16 & 23 from 3-5 pm

  • September 18 & 26 from 2-4 pm

  • October 1 & 8 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm

  • October 7 & 14 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm

 

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.

  • 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 wellness@uwyo.edu for more information.

  • Meets first Friday of the month from noon - 2 pm

  • 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 jbrionez@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

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

Email: wellness@uwyo.edu

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