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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 12, 2013

Wellness Services kicks off popular Stress Less Fest programming

Northwest Missouri State University’s award-winning Stress Less Fest is returning to help students relieve tension and take a break from their studies.

Wellness Services, in conjunction with Bearcat Peer Education and Project Hope, will sponsor the first Stress Less Fest of 2013-2014 from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. The event features yoga, Zumba, meditation, therapy dogs, human Scrabble, finger-painting, coloring and games, as well as free food and giveaways.

Last year, Northwest’s Stress Less Fest earned the Best Practices in College Health Award from the American College Health Association (ACHA). The award recognizes exemplary, innovative, and inspirational practices in one of four major areas of college health: clinical services, counseling services, administrative and consumer services, and health education and promotion services.

Bearcat Peer Education, Project Hope and University Wellness Services collaborate to host Stress Less Fest events and provide a place where students can relieve stress that builds throughout the academic year.

Past Stress Less Fests also have included Finals Week Survival Kits, massages, marshmallow dodge ball games, movies and Lego building.

“Stress Less Fest events help students relieve their stress while teaching them simple, fun and affordable ways to ward off or handle stress in the future,” said Jennifer Kennymore, health educator in Wellness Services. “We want to help them cope with stress in healthy ways. If we can teach them effective methods to manage their stress, we believe it will help with their overall wellness and ultimately support their success as a student at Northwest.”

Additional Stress Less Fest’s are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 9, and Monday, April 28.

For more information about Stress Less Fest and Wellness Services offered at Northwest, contact Jen Kennymore at 660.562.1348 or jenken@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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