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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 18, 2014

Northwest Wellness Services program awarded for excellence

By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant

The Every Day Angels Fashion Show at Northwest Missouri State University has been awarded the Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students (BACCHUS) Network Area 5 Award for Excellence in the Outstanding Program category for 2013-2014.

The award is given to a program or initiative that has impacted individuals or the campus community, effectively involved peer educators, fostered growth of individual peer educators or the group as a whole, created collaboration with other campus groups or organizations, and incorporates creativity and appreciation of diversity.

Northwest student organizations collaborated with the University’s Wellness Services to sponsor the Jan. 31 fashion show, which promoted healthy body image and self-esteem. Sponsored by To Write Love on Her Arms, Project Hope, Bearcats After Dark, Bearcat Peer Education, Minority Educators of Northwest and Wellness Services, the show featured Northwest students modeling clothing in which they feel beautiful and exhibits their personalities and interests.

“We wanted to promote the idea that all body types are beautiful,” said Christina Incontro, a peer education graduate assistant in Wellness Services. “This award means the world to me and the rest of Wellness Services. We are so thankful to receive it and simply to be able to share our message with others.”

Although this was the first year for the event, both Kennymore and Incontro are hopeful it becomes a tradition and inspires other universities to create similar events.

“This award is an opportunity to highlight Wellness Services as a whole and what we are doing for students,” Northwest Health Educator Jennifer Kennymore said. “Though essential, the Wellness Center is so much more than just a health clinic. We also have personal development and counseling services, as well as health education. We’re doing some great things, and we want to tell people about it.”

Celebrating more than 30 years of excellence, BACCHUS is a network of more than 8,000 student leaders and advisors who develop cutting edge tools for college campuses across the country. Student-friendly training programs, resource manuals, posters and pamphlets are part of the 120 educational resources offered by the organization.

Northwest Wellness Services delivers health and wellness care to all students through quality healthcare by an experienced clinical staff as well as innovative health promotion and education initiatives on a range of diverse topics. The center is also home to Personal Development and Counseling Services, which is dedicated to creating a positive, healthy campus environment and to helping students learn to incorporate principles of wellness into their lives.

Additionally, Wellness Services organizes events such as a weekly meditation time, yoga sessions and the “Stress Less Fest,” which provides opportunities for students to have fun and relieve stress during the week of final exams. For more information about Wellness Services at Northwest, visit

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