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Fall 2020 Programs and Services

These are unprecedented times with a lot of uncertainty. Now more than ever, it is important to prioritize our well-being from a holistic perspective. The Wellness Center works 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. Continue to check here for updates, as we will be adding programs regularly!

Fall 2020 Wellness Center Educational Programs and Services (printable PDF)

Topic Areas


General Wellness

  • 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.

  • Health and Wellness Seminar Series via Zoom. Join us for a monthly seminar series covering four topics in four months about ways to move well, manage stress, and be successful this semester. Register here: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/

    • September 25 from 10-11 am: Healthy Habit Formation in a Physically Distanced Existence with Kevin Bretting

    • October 7 from 9-10 am: Meditation and Mindfulness for Stress Relief with Lena Newlin

    • November 18 from 4-5 pm: Community Workout with Kevin Bretting

    • December 7 from 10-11 am: Position Yourself, Literally, for Success in Final Exams

  • Wellness Bingo. Stay well and have fun while you are sheltering-in-place! Complete wellness-themed activities and enter to win prizes! Keep an eye on our website for the bingo card download and instructions.

  • Campus Recreation YouTube Channel. Check out our 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.


Stress Management and Mental Wellness

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

  • Big Sky Stress-Management Mindfulness Workshops via Zoom. 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! Register here: https://WellnessCenterprograms.as.me/

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

    • Series 1: Wednesdays: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30 from 3:30-4:50pm

    • Series 2: Thursdays: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 from 3:30-4:50pm

    • Series 3: Tuesdays: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:30-6:50pm

    • Series 4: Fridays: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 from 9:00-10:30am 

  • Pokes’ Pets. We miss our Puppy Play Dates and Kitty Cuddle Times just as much as you do! DM or email us a photo or video of your favorite pet, furry friend, or happy tail, and we will compile and share them once a week on our Instagram page. Keep an extra eye out for some of our favorite Puppy Play Date therapy dogs from Rockin’ E Dog Training & Consulting and adoptable kitties from Laramie Animal Welfare Society. Everybody that sends us a photo of their furry friend will be entered to win a prize at the end of the semester!

  • Self-Love and Happiness Workshop Series via Zoom. 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 here: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

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

    • Wednesdays: Sept 2, 9, 16, 23 from 10:30am-noon

    • Thursdays: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 from 3:30 to 5:00 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 here: https://WellnessCenterprograms.as.me/

    • Registration required, sessions held live via Zoom.

    • Tuesday, September 22 from 10am-noon

    • Friday, October 9 from 1-3pm

    • Tuesday, November 3 from 10am-noon

    • Friday, November 13 from 1-3pm

  • Calligraphy with Kevin via Zoom. 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. Register at:  https://WellnessCenterprograms.as.me/

    • Registration Required, sessions held live via Zoom.

    • Thursday, September 24, 3:30-4:30pm

    • Thursday, October 29, 3:30-4:30pm

    • Thursday, November 19, 3:30-4:30pm

    • Thursday, December 17, 3:30-4:30pm

  • 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. Sign up here: https://WellnessCenterprograms.as.me/

  • 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!

    • Available September 28

    • M-F, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

    • UW students only with valid WyoOne ID.

    • Schedule an appointment through the Wellness Center.

  • COVID De-Stress Workshop Series via Zoom. Offered in partnership with the University Counseling Center, this 4-week workshop will provide participants with the tools needed to cope with some of the difficulties of COVID-19 including: incorporating a healthy routine during a national pandemic, coping with distress, connecting during COVID-19, and self-care tips. If you are able to attend all sessions, it is appreciated, but not required. Register here: https://wellnesscenterprograms.as.me/classes

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

    • Mondays: September 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11 am - noon

      • Week 1: Incorporating Routine During COVID-19

      • Week 2: Coping with Distress

      • Week 3: Connecting During COVID-19

      • Week 4: Self-Care Tips


Nutrition and Food Security

  • CampusWell/Student Health101 UCookbook. Get recipes and ideas for how to cook budget-friendly, healthy, and easy meals through the UCookbook from CampusWell!

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

    • Starting Friday, October 2.

    • UW students only, please.

  • 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 Room 106. For more information about hours operations, access and other resources, visit the Dean of Students website.


Physical Activity/Wellness

  • Online Fitness Videos. Are you missing your favorite Half Acre fitness classes? Now you stay active from home with our online fitness videos taught by our UW fitness staff! More videos will be added regularly so keep checking back.

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


Financial Wellness 


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.

    • Fall training scheduled for Saturday, October 3, from 9am-5pm.

  • 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 hopes@uwyo.edu for more information.

    • Meets second Friday of the month from noon to 2:00  

  • 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 11:30-1:00.


Employee Wellness

  • 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 MINES and Associates. More information can be found on the UW Human Resources website.

Contact Us

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Phone: (307) 766-5586

Fax: (307) 766-6720

Email: rec@uwyo.edu

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