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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 2017 Programs and Services (printable .pdf)

Topic Areas

General Wellness

Program Details
  • Wellness Center Open House: Come see the beautiful new Wellness Center and all we have to offer.  Spin yourself a delicious smoothie on our Blender Bike, get a free chair massage (UW Students only), check out the "Zen Den", meet our staff, and find out about our upcoming programs and services.
  • Thursday, September 7, 11 am - 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, massage therapy room, and athletic training room.  15-30 minutes; audiences of 3-10, but can negotiate accommodations for more.
  • As requested.
  • As requested.
  • Health Assessments and Screenings: Check your blood pressure, take and 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
  • Rec Rewards: Pick up a Rec Rewards card, get a punch by participating in Campus Recreation programs, and win a t-shirt!  One punch must come from each of the following departments: Intramurals, Wellness Center, Group Fitness/Personal Training/Aquatics, and Outdoor Program. The six other punches can come from any of the above.  After 10 punches, turn in your card to the Wellness Center to be rewarded a Rec Rewards t-shirt!
  • Rec Rewards cards are available in the Wellness Center and any other Campus Recreation department.
  • The Body Project.  This is a peer-led educational program that engages 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.
  • Registration is required.
  • Open to female students only.
  • Dates/times/locations to be announced.

Stress Management and Mental Wellness

Program Details
  • 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, $60/hour massage.  Gift certificates available. 
  • M-F, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Open to UW students only
  • Chair Massage Services Rental* ($): 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.
  • By request only.
  • Drop-in Meditation: Drop in for a guided meditation practice.  Offered weekly in the Wellness Center Zen Den.
  • Every Thursday in the Wellness Center Zen Den from 12:15 - 12:45 pm.
  • 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 required.
  • Sept: Thursdays 7,14,21,28
  • Oct: Wednesdays 4,11,18,25
  • Nov:Mondays 6,13,20,27
  • 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.
  • Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5
  • 4-5 pm in Half Acre Room 115
  • 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!
  • Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Dec. 12
  • 4-5 pm in Half Acre Room 115
  • 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.
  • Drop in Mondays, 3-4 pm in the Wellness Center Zen Den
  • Special Art Well program offered by UW Art Museum on Monday, Nov. 13 from 3-4:30 pm in Half Acre Room 115.  Registration is required
  • Sources of Strength Professionals Training: This is a research-based resiliency training for Student Affairs professionals that are interested in incorporating the Sources of Strength program into their are of work for students. A separate Sources of Strength training for students will be provided to Wellness Ambassadors.
  • Registration required
  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 2-5 pm in Half Acre Room 115


Program Details
  • 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 required.
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
  • 12:10 -1:00 pm in Half Acre Room 117.
  • Sept. 12, 26; Oct. 10,24; Nov. 14,28
  • 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 required.
  • Fourth Monday of the month.
  • 1 - 2 pm in Half Acre Room 117.
  • Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 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.
  • 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, beginning in October.

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. No registration or membership required!
  • First Tuesday of each month from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Wellness Center.
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. More information available at the Wellness Center.
  • Flu Shot Clinic for Faculty and Staff: The Wellness Center is excited to partner with Wyoming Health Fairs to 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.
  • Oct. 19 & 20
  • 11am - 1 pm in Half Acre Room 117
  • Must Present Cigna Health Insurance card.
  • Poses in the Pasture: Join Exercise is Medicine-On Campus for special yoga sessions in Prexy's Pasture. Work-out clothes are recommended. Yoga mats will be provided by Campus Recreation.
  • Dates to be determined
  • Cowboy Connect Wellness Walk: Join us for a 5K walk that will orientate new students to campus as well as highlight different locations for wellness services on campus. Enjoy a walk around the beautiful campus while learning about resources designed to help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle while at UW. The first 400 participants will receive a special gift!
  • Saturday, Sept. 2
  • 9 - 10 am
  • West Fraternity Mall
  • Exercise is Medicine Rad T-shirt 5K Run: Join us for a 3.1 mile fun walk/run to promote physical activity and exercise. Sign up individually or as a team. Prizes for decorated t-shirts. Free to all UW students, faculty and staff.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7
  • 9:00 am
  • UW Recreation Fields, 22nd and Willett

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. Apply here.
  • Fall training scheduled for Saturday, October 14 from 9 am - 5 pm
  • 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


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