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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 11, 2012

Wellness Wednesday sessions offer healthy living tips to students, employees

Northwest Missouri State University will kick off its spring 2012 Wellness Wednesday programming with a presentation geared toward strategies to effectively deal with life’s stresses.

Wellness Wednesdays are offered from noon to 1 p.m. every other Wednesday with presentation topics focusing on dimensions of wellness such as physical, occupational, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional wellness.

The sessions, sponsored by the University’s Office of Human Resources and the University Wellness Center, are open to all Northwest students and employees. Northwest employees are eligible to earn 5,000 points through the Points to Blue program when they attend a presentation.

During the sessions, participants gain ideas for improving on aspects of their wellness wheel and learn about resources available to help them make improvements.

“If you are interested in working on any aspect of your overall wellness, these sessions are for you,” said Jennifer Kennymore, health educator at Northwest. “These sessions are helpful for anyone looking to improve their health and wellness because participants will gain valuable tools and information about increasing their overall health and wellness. They’re free, and with the presenters we have lined up for the trimester, they’re guaranteed to be fun.”

The first session of the spring trimester, titled “The Resiliency Advantage,” begins at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Room D of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Presenter BK Taylor, a graduate assistant at the University Wellness Center, will invite participants to consider how their thoughts, actions and perspectives impact their lives and how they can change to live life to the fullest.

The remainder of the series appears below. To register for a session, contact Anne Long at ext. 1127 or

Feb. 1: “Beating the Winter Blues,” presented by Judy Frueh (Administration Building, Shared Conference Room) – While February is the shortest month of the year, it can sometimes seem like the longest. Come to this session with tips on how to help February be fun and productive. This session will be interactive and full of ideas to make February fabulous.

Feb. 15: “Set Your Priorities ... Balancing Work and Life,” presented by Dr. Matt Baker (Administration Building, Shared Conference Room) – Is life getting busier for you? Do you find yourself getting stressed and frustrated about everything you have to do? It’s happening to many of us. In reflecting about why life is too busy, it seems that often the frantic pace of life is caused by choices we make. Balancing work and life is doable, but only by you. Trying to get ahead at work, be the perfect student, parent, child, or partner, and have time for the things that you enjoy can be overwhelming. In this session, we will talk about recognizing our values, setting priorities, establishing goals and implementing a plan.

Feb. 29: “Expect Respect: Building Healthy Relationships One Expectation at a Time,” presented by Bearcat Peer Educators (Administration Building, Shared Conference Room) – This program will highlight key factors that contribute to healthy relationships, whether at the workplace, with a friend or with a partner. It will also include facts about physical and sexual violence. No one should settle for a relationship that lacks respect.

March 14: “Sartre Saved My Sanity,” presented by Dr. Robert Keefer (Student Union, Room D) – Many people think of themselves as spiritual, so it’s natural to pause and consider how spirituality is part of a whole, happy life. What about philosophy? To think philosophically also contributes to well-being. Let's talk about philosophy and spirituality.

March 28: To be determined (Student Union, Room D)

April 11: “Absolut Awareness: The Truth About Alcohol and Other Drugs,” presented by Bearcat Peer Educators (Administration Building, Shared Conference Room) – This program will educate participants about safety issues regarding alcohol and drug consumption, when to call 911 and how to help a friend in need.

April 25: To be determined (Student Union, Room D)

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