Classes: Columbia

Discounts for faculty and staff by location:

 

Classes at other locations:

Diabetes management

Green Meadows Family Practice offers FREE Diabetes Management classes taught by CD Educators. For dates and times, call (573) 882-9097.

Eat for Life

Eat for Life is a 10-week program that helps participants learn to have a healthy relationship with their food and their bodies. This is not your regular weight loss program. In fact, the first thing you will be asked to do is throw out your diets and begin to learn how to use the wisdom of your body to guide how you eat, what you eat and how you relate and use your body.

Go to the Weight Management webpage for details.

Meditation

  • Mondays, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m., Heinkel Building, Room 266
  • Mondays-Fridays, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m., Contemplative Practice Center (Newman Center's lower level) during the regular semesters

No experience or registration is necessary for any of the meditation sessions. Classes do not meet on holidays. If you have questions, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. at RossyL@umsystem.edu.

Million Step Pedometer Program

The Million Step Pedometer Program is a simple walking program designed to get faculty, staff and their families up and moving. Go at your own pace--no time limit applies. You are a success if you take more steps today than you did yesterday. Rebates and prizes are available. Learn more and join the program now....

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR is designed to help change your relationship with stress and begin to live a more conscious life in order to make choices and engage in behaviors that increase your vitality, effectiveness and happiness. The eight-week program is offered at various times throughout the year, depending on your campus.

Visit the Stress Reduction webpage for details.

Occupational stress workshops

The University of Missouri Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a series of occupational stress workshops designed to help employees manage a wide variety of stressors connected to the work context. These are free seminars, pre-registration is required and space is limited to 26 participants per session.  To sign up call 882-6701.

Physical activity

Take advantage of these Healthy for Life classes that fit your budget. Full payment is due at the beginning of the first class and space is limited. Please contact the instructor directly to register or for questions. All classes are designed to be performed in work clothes.
Healthy for Life Fitness Class Registration Policy:   

  • Reserving your space in a class requires a payment of the entire session.
  • Payment must be paid in full due on the first class and cannot be divided.
  • If you miss a class, you cannot make it up in another class.
  • Ongoing (Tuesdays & Thursdays): Gentle Yoga. Dalton Research Center. Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:10-12:50 p.m. $3 per class; pay by month for one or two days a week (average cost $27 or $15 per month) Class is taught by Sandy Matsuda. If you have questions, email Sandy Matsuda at matsudaS@missouri.edu
  • Dec. 22- May 6 (Mondays & Wednesdays): Lunchtime Me-Time Strength Conditioning. Townsend, Room 222. Class meets every Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. and costs $1 for each class. January 14 class meets in Hill 305. No registration needed. Class is taught by Nani Fudge; email questions to FudgeK@missouri.edu.
  • Dec. 22- May 6 (Mondays & Wednesdays): Pilates. Townsend, Room 223. Class meets every Monday and Wednesday from 12:10 - 12:50 p.m. March 18, April 15, and May 6 classes meet in Towns 107. No registration needed. Fee: $3 per class. Class is taught by Tina Price; email questions to PriceT@missouri.edu.
  • Jan. 6- May 28 (Tuesdays & Thursdays ): Drop-in Yoga. Ellis Library, Room 5, State Historical Society of Missouri Art Gallery. Class meeting from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Immerse yourself in the restorative experience of the gallery with the added benefit of Glenda Moum’s instruction. No registration is needed. Fee: $1 per class. If you have questions, email Glenda at moumg@missouri.edu.
  • Feb. 13- April 10 (Fridays): Pilates. Women’s & Children’s Hospital Health Pavilion, Conference Rms. 1-6. No class on March 6th. Class meets every Friday from 11:10 - 11:50 a.m. Registration is needed with a minimum of 8 people. Fee: $25 for eight week session. Class is taught by Tina Price; to register and for questions email PriceT@missouri.edu.
  • Mar. 18 – Apr. 8 (Wednesdays): Yoga. Missouri Psychiatric Gym, Basement. Class meets Fridays from 4:30-5:10 p.m. and costs $15 for the 4-week series. Registration is required. Please bring a yoga mat and pay in full at time of class.  This class is for employees who would like to try yoga and have never done it before.  A relaxing class, basic yoga exercises suited for people with flexibility and balance issues. To register and for questions, please email Yogateacher530@gmail.com.
  • Apr.1 – Apr. 29 (Wed): Yoga. Mizzou North Room 707, Old Ellis office off Business Loop. No class on April 22. Class meets from 12:10 – 12:50 p.m. Registration is needed with a minimum of 15 participants to hold the class. Fee: $20 for 4 week session. Class is taught by Victoria. To register and for questions, email Victoria at victorialynnhanrahan@gmail.com.
  • Apr. 27 - June 8 (Mondays): Zumba Gold. (No class Memorial Day, May 25). Missouri Psychiatric Gym basement at the University Hospital. Class meets from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Please register. The cost is $20 for the entire six-week series. Class is taught by Susan Tharp, Licensed Zumba Gold Instructor. For questions and to register, please email Susan at tharps@missouri.edu or call (573)268-6568. Zumba Gold is based on the same Latin and international dance moves as Zumba. However, Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults or those looking for less intense, lower impact moves. Raise your heart rate, work up a sweat, and improve your flexibility in a fun atmosphere. Join us for this easy-to-follow, dance-based fitness program. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes. Fee will be collected first day of class and a confirmation email will be sent to all participants in April.
  • June 22 - July 27 (Mondays): Zumba Gold. Missouri Psychiatric Gym basement at the University Hospital. Class meets from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Please register. The cost is $20 for the entire six-week series. Class is taught by Susan Tharp, Licensed Zumba Gold Instructor. For questions and to register, please email Susan at tharps@missouri.edu or call (573)268-6568. Zumba Gold is based on the same Latin and international dance moves as Zumba. However, Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults or those looking for less intense, lower impact moves. Raise your heart rate, work up a sweat, and improve your flexibility in a fun atmosphere. Join us for this easy-to-follow, dance-based fitness program. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes. Fee will be collected first day of class and a confirmation email will be sent to all participants in June.

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the MizzouRec Center offer a variety of athletic options for adults from summer recreation leagues to weekly aquatics classes. Check the calendars on both sites to find deadlines for sign-ups for teams. Gather a group of co-workers for volleyball, kickball or flag football.

Ride to Wellness Odometer Program

The Ride to Wellness Odometer Program is a simple biking program designed to get faculty, staff and their family up and moving. Go at your own pace--no time limit applies. Rebates and prizes are available. Learn more and join the program now....

Walking groups

Walking is great exercise, whether you are a novice or a regular walker. Healthy for Life is coordinating walking groups led by volunteer leaders. Meet them for a mid-day walk break. No registration is needed, join at any time and all activity levels are welcome! These are free groups designed to help you squeeze in a little extra activity into an otherwise sedentary day. Meet at the following dates/times and location:  

  • Ongoing (Tuesdays & Thursdays): Lowry Mall near the north entrance to Ellis Library. 12:15-12:45 p.m.
  • Ongoing (Monday, Wednesday, Friday):  Meet on the North side of Read Hall:  12:15–12:45 p.m.
    For questions, please contact Lynn Summers summersml@missouri.edu

Please keep in mind that during inclement weather conditions the group will not meet but you are encouraged to walk your own route inside your building.

Weight Watchers

Discounted rates for faculty and staff are available for all Weight Watchers classes, whether on campus or not. See the Weight Management webpage for more information.

Workshops

Taking care of ourselves during the workday helps us be more productive and have more energy for our work and our lives beyond work.  Participants learn how to balance being engaged with taking time for quick recovery techniques throughout the day in order to meet the challenges of a busy workplace.  Design your own plan for improvement and find ways of structuring your workplace to create a culture of health and wellness.   Understand and overcome the barriers to greater personal and professional success. Contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., Health Psychologist for Healthy for Life, for more details and to schedule a workshop for your area.