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Wellness Center Events and Programs

Spring 2023

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.


Program Descriptions

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.

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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!

Registration required.


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 will be provided for in-person sessions, and include writing utensils, nibs, lined paper and ink.

Registration preferred, but not required.

Join us for a guided meditation in the Wellness Center Zen Den! Great for beginners and experienced meditators! Open to UW students, faculty, staff, and the public. Thursdays from 12:15-12:45 in the Wellness Center Zen Den.

No registration required.

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.

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! UW Students only.

No registration required.

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!

Bring a friend! Buddy sessions are available, simply reserve an appointment and two chairs are available. Both users must be UW students.

Appointments required.

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.

Registration is required 48 hours in advance of the class.

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.

No registration required.

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.

Appointments required.

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.

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.

Registration is preferred, but not required.

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.

No registration required.

Nutrition and Food Security

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.

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! 

The smoothie bike is also available for 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 or more information.

Through efforts from multiple campus departments, ASUW and the UW Food Security Task Force, the Dean of Students has been able to sustain the UW Food Share 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

Let our Certified Athletic Trainer help you with your injury prevention and care needs. Free for UW students with valid WyoOne ID! Telehealth appointments are available.

Appointments required, see our Athletic Training page for more details.

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. Workout clothing is advised, but not mandatory. Participants can opt into whichever tests they wish to take.

The quick 15-20-minute sessions are conducted on a first come, first serve basis, once a month.

No membership or appointment required.

Receive personalized workouts and support from our Certified Personal Trainers to help you reach your fitness goals. Visit our Personal Training website for more information.

Half Acre membership required.

Other Programs and Resources

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.

Get research-based, relevant and engaging information about a variety of wellness topics including mental health, financial support, relationships, nutrition, and budget friendly and easy to make meals.

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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.

More information on Faculty/Staff Fitness


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

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

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.

The University of Wyoming offers an 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.

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 to be a Wellness Ambassador!

Contact Us

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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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