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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 8, 2013

Wellness Services launches website to promote healthy living

By Taylor Neff, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University’s Wellness Services has launched an interactive website to encourage community-wide healthy living.

The new Student Health Initiative for Transformation (SHIFT) website features tabs delegated to each of the six dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual and occupational. Each dimension is paired with corresponding educational videos.

Health Educator Jennifer Kennymore is excited about its boundless potential.

“It’s geared toward our students, but since it’s online anyone can access it,” Kennymore said. “Members of the community in Maryville and people around the world can see it.”

The website also offers resources ranging from campus dining nutrition facts to suicide prevention help. Various drug and health assessments are also offered.

“Our goal is to have a one-stop shop for all things health and wellness that people can access online from the comfort of their homes,” Kennymore said. “The website will be a place where people can learn, assess their wellness and work on their personal wellness.”

The project is funded by the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) grant, which Northwest Wellness Services received last spring. When choosing recipients, the Heartland Foundation, North Kansas City Hospital and Heartland Health sought innovative proposals with focus on increasing the overall health of northwest Missouri.

“They were looking for something innovative so I think the interactive videos were a piece they were pretty excited about,” Kennymore added.

The SHIFT website is accessible at

For more information, contact Wellness Services at 660.562.1348.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468