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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 9, 2011

University Wellness Center offers health-related presentations

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University's Wellness Center is promoting health through Wellness Wednesdays, a series of six presentations focused on a variety of topics.

Wellness Wednesdays begins at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room. The free event is open to the public.

The purpose of the series is to foster the health and development of all participants by building on the already existing strengths of individuals interested in improving their overall quality of life. Each session will focus on one area of the "Wellness Wheel." The six-part wheel promotes social, spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and occupational wellness.

A complete list of topics and presentation dates is listed below. 

For more information, contact Mike Mattock at 660.562.1825 or Jen Kennymore at 660.562.1348.

Feb. 16: Making Laughter Work for You:  The Benefits of Humor in our Lives
Do you need a shot in the arm? If so, laughter is still the best medicine. Research shows that humor reduces stress, leads to increased creativity, and improves morale. Humor is also good for your health, as it's been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce tension and strengthen the immune system. This fast-paced, fun, and insightful presentation will teach you how to maximize both your current and potential health. You will benefit immediately from simple, but powerful "humor" techniques that anyone can perform any time, any place. You'll be amazed at the difference a little laughter can make to your life. 

March 2: Yoga, in The Station's Center Meeting Room
Yoga is a powerful and easily mastered practice for helping us stay well at any age.  Many people report feeling both mental and physical tension release after experiencing just one session of Hatha Yoga. Join us as we learn and practice yoga postures for improved balance, breathing, strength and relaxation. This session also teaches basic deep breathing and mind and body awareness. Please dress comfortably and bring a towel or mat if desired.

March 16: Being Well and Helping Friends
In this program we'll discuss how you can help a friend in need while also ensuring your own health. There are numerous health issues that our friends face, and as caring people in their lives we want to help. This program will give you some ideas, resources and starting places to help a friend in need. We will also consider what to do for your own health if your friends' actions or inaction are impacting your well-being. 

March 30: Emotional Mindfulness: Getting off the Emotional Rollercoaster!
We often attempt to push aside painful emotions or get lost in our thoughts when problems arise. While these responses to our day-to-day difficulties may provide temporary relief, they generally lead to increased distress in the long run. In addition, we don't get the message our emotions are sending us, alerting us to the need for change in our thinking, behavior, or situation. During this hour we will explore an alternative response to our day-to-day difficulties based on responding to our emotions with awareness, active listening and action. We will explore how you can really learn from your emotions, so you can get off the emotional rollercoaster you've been riding.

April 13: Financial Cents
This presentation will explore both hard and soft aspects of financial wellness and the impact it is having on college students today. Ways to overcome financial stress and enhance personal wellness through developing a personal budget, understanding the dangers of credit cards and other debt instruments, and the importance of saving for the future will also be discussed. Other topics to be discussed include the consequences of not managing your finances, having an emergency fund and taking control of your finances.

April 27:  To be announced

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