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Fall 2022 Educational Programs and Services


The Wellness Center is open for in-person and virtual programs! Let the Wellness Center support you in feeling and looking your best. We work to create and support a culture of health and wellness at the University of Wyoming and we are excited to offer a variety of programs to support the university community. Unless otherwise noted, most Wellness Center programs and services are free to UW students, faculty, and staff. Our regular semester hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm.

Fall 2022 Wellness Center Educational Programs and Services (printable PDF)


 Stress Management and Mental Wellness

  • Anxiety/Depression Workshop. Most of us at one point or another may feel overwhelmed, burned out, or stressed in our lifetime, especially college students. This 4 week workshop series is designed to promote mental wellbeing and provides different skills to use at the first sign of these feelings. Come join us to prepare yourself mentally for a taxing semester, finals week, or just to learn some skills you can use for the rest of your life! Participation is limited to current UW students.

    • Registration required, free to UW students.

    • Held in Knight Hall Room 341

    • Thursdays: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10:30 -11:30 am

    • Tuesdays: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm

    • Wednesdays: Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 from 1:30 - 2:30pm

  • Big Sky Stress-Management Mindfulness Workshops. This 4-week workshop teaches skills in mindfulness and meditation. The curriculum-based program will help you manage stress as well as find more satisfaction in your daily life. Great for beginners and experienced meditators! Not sure if this is right for you? Watch a video explanation of Big Sky from past participants found at the top of this page!

    • Registration required, free to UW students, faculty, and staff 

    • Held in Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center Room 117

    • Wednesdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5 from 3:30 - 4:50 pm

    • Thursdays: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 3:30 - 4:50pm 

    • Fridays: Oct 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 from 9:00 - 10:20 am 

  • 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. 

    • Registration requested, but not required

    • Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Half Acre Room 115: Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 10, Dec. 8

  • Drop-in Meditation. Join us for a guided meditation! Great for beginners and experienced meditators! Open to UW students, faculty, staff, and the public.

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

  • 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. 

    • Registration required, sessions held in person (Half Acre 115)

    • Fridays: Sept. 23, October 7, November 11 from 3:00 - 5:00 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!

    • Mondays from 4-5pm in Half Acre 115: Sept 19th, Oct 17th, Nov 14th, Dec 5th

  • 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! Buddy sessions available.

    • M-F, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    • UW students only with valid WyoOne ID.

    • Schedule an appointment through the Wellness Center or call 766-WELL(9355). 

  • Mental Health First Aid. Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker has an alcohol problem. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. Participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid certification upon completion of the training. Training dates TBA.

  • 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.

    • Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Half Acre 115: Sept 13, Oct 11th, Nov 8th, Dec 13th

  • Screenings. Free and confidential general alcohol and mental health screenings will be offered by professional prevention staff. 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.

  • Self-Love and Happiness Workshop Series.  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.  

    • Registration required, free to UW students, faculty, and staff.

    • Held in Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center Room 117  

    • Mondays: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 10 from 10:00 - 11:20 am 

    • Wednesdays: Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2 & 9 from 3:30-4:50pm 

  • Sleep Workshop. This workshop is an exercise in learning to change behaviors surrounding sleep habits. The workshop includes discussion of practical suggestions for getting better sleep and addresses barriers you might face in trying to change your habits. Whether you don't know where to start in getting better sleep or you've tried multiple times to adopt better habits, this workshop will be a valuable experience in your journey to be healthy and well-rested.

    • Held in Half Acre Recreation & Wellness Center Room 115 from 3:00-4:00pm

    • Thursday 9/1

    • Wednesday 9/14

    • Tuesday 10/4

    • Wednesday 11/9

  • Visual Journaling Workshop Series. This 4-week workshop series encourages participants to harness their human potential for creative expression by combining words and images in a visual journal book. We will draw, doodle, cut, collage, paint, paste, and write reflectively in a relaxed and inspiring group setting. There are no rules in a visual journal—it’s a playful and deeply personal practice that can relieve stress and heighten mindfulness. No artistic training or special tools are required. Taught by Martha McCaughey, here is a video that describes visual journaling.

    • Registration required, free to UW students, faculty, and staff

    • Thursdays: Sept 15th, 22nd, 29th, & Oct 6th. 7:00-9:00pm

  • 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, cozy up with a good book in a beanbag chair, or color your stress away with adult coloring pages. Available during regular Wellness Center business hours.


Nutrition and Food Security

  • 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.

  • Smoothie Bike. The first Friday of the month from 9:30am-noon, we bring out our amazing smoothie bike! Stop by the Wellness Center and spin yourself a delicious smoothie!

  • 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.

  • UW Food Pantry. Through efforts from multiple campus departments, ASUW and the UW Food Security Task Force, the Dean of Students has been able to sustain the food pantry for students and employees. Contributions of pre-packaged and non-perishable items are welcomed and needed. Located in Knight Hall. For more information about hours operations, access and other resources, visit the Dean of Students website.

Physical Activity/Wellness

  • Athletic Training. Let our Certified Athletic Trainer help you with your injury prevention and care needs. Free for UW students with valid WyoOne ID! Appointments available in person and via telehealth.

  • Body Composition Testing and Fitness Assessments. 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, measured through bioelectrical impedance, is a great way to compare percent lean mass to percent body fat and set a baseline to track progress going forward. Fitness assessments provide performance data on various aspects of fitness such as strength and cardiorespiratory endurance. Testing is conducted by certified Personal Trainers and is free. The quick 15-20-minute sessions are conducted on a first come, first serve basis, once a month. Workout clothing is advised, but not mandatory. Participants can opt into whichever tests they wish to take. No registration or membership required!

    • Last Wednesday of every month. Aug. 31, Sept 28, Oct 26, & Nov 30

    • 4:00-5:30pm in the Wellness Center.

  • Campus Recreation YouTube Fitness Videos. Stay active from home with our online fitness videos taught by our UW certified fitness staff! Check out our fitness playlists for workout ideas, follow-along sessions, and self-care movement strategies. More videos will be added regularly so keep checking back.

  • Fitness Resources. Visit our Fitness website for sample workouts or ideas on creating your own exercise routine!

  • Personal Training ($). Receive personalized workouts and support from our Certified Personal Trainers to help you reach your fitness goals. Personal training is available either in-person or virtually. Visit our Fitness website for more information. Half Acre membership required. 

General Wellness

  • Presentations and Outreach. We offer a variety of free educational programs and presentations on different health topics. Request a presentation for your class, organization, or group. Two weeks advance notice, please.

  • Campus Well/Student Health 101 Online Magazine. Get research-based, relevant and engaging information about a variety of wellness topics, from mental health to nutrition to relationships, to financial support and more! Also, find important information specific to UW and COVID-19 resources.

  • Campus Recreation YouTube Channel. Check out our Campus Recreation YouTube channel for fitness and wellness videos. These are brought to you by your favorite Campus Recreation staff to help you stay well at home. Check back regularly as we will be adding new videos.

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 online on our website. Spring training is TBD. Those who have applied will be notified of the training day & time.

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

Employee Wellness

  • Faculty/Staff Fitness. This is a group fitness class tailored to a slightly older demographic than the typical college age. It gives this population the opportunity to build community support and work toward achieving fitness goals together. Objectives are to improve overall health, increase confidence, learn proper movement mechanics and enjoy this fun and motivating environment.

    • Active Half Acre membership required

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:10-1:00 pm, Aug 22 - Dec 9 

  • The University of Wyoming offers and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides benefited employees and their household members with professional counseling, as well as legal and financial assistance. UW partners with Deer Oaks EAP Services LLC. More information can be found on the UW Human Resources website.

  • Daily Burn Subscription. Employees on the Cigna health plan are eligible for a 1-year FREE subscription. The Daily Burn is an online on-demand workout platform that offers thousands of virtual workout classes accessible from your phone, iOS device, or computer. Workout videos can be downloaded and accessed without an internet connection. How to get started:

    • Go to click on "Daily Burn" just under the Wyoming on Wellness Logo

    • Go down to the heading "How Do I get Started". Follow the directions to get your account set up.

Contact Us

Campus Recreation

Wellness Center

Half Acre Gym, Rm. 107

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-9355

Fax: 307-766-6720


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