Classes: Kansas City

Discounts for faculty and staff by location:


Classes at other locations:

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.


Lower your stress and relax for a few minutes while listening to an audio recording by Dr. Lynn Rossy, Healthy for Life’s  Health Psychologist. All you need is a room and a music player or computer. If you are interested in facilitating a weekly meditation session in your own building, email Laurie for simple details.

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.

You can use your own pedometer or purchase a Fitbit device from Healthy for Life. For each million steps you walk, you can earn great prizes--including a full rebate for a Fitbit purchased from Healthy for Life. 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.

Physical activity

Yoga Classes

Volker Campus, UMKC Performing Arts Center, McIlrath Lounge
Tuesdays July 8 - 29, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
$12, 4 weeks
Thursdays July 10 - 31, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
$12, 4 weeks
Fridays July 11 - 25, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
$9, 3 weeks
Volker Campus, 4747 Troost, Rooms 201/202
Mondays July 7 - 28, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
$12, 4 weeks
Wednesdays July 9 - 30, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
$12, 4 weeks

  • Costs listed above. Drop-in any class for $5. Fees payable to Amanda Garner by check or debit/credit card.
  • Open to UMKC faculty and staff.  Adult family members welcome.
  • For more information: Contact Amanda Garner (816) 206-7290 or
  • Notes:
    • Bring a yoga or exercise mat and a thick blanket, if possible.
    • Comfortable street clothes are encouraged.
    • McIlrath Lounge is to your right as you enter the PAC front doors and up a flight of stairs.  It overlooks the lobby area from the fourth floor. 

Join the Couch to 5k Challenge

The Wellness Ambassadors for the School of Biological Sciences and Swinney Recreation Center (SRC) invite all faculty and staff to participate in the inaugural Couch to 5K challenge!  Whether you looking to run your first 5K, improve your personal bests or simply to get more physically active, the Couch to 5K is a great way to do it!  The program progresses slowly and comfortably, effectively addressing multiple fitness levels.

Program Highlights

  • Participants must be members of SRC. Please call SRC at 816.235.2712 to join today.
  • SRC Wellness Coordinator, Shannon Hutsler, will guide the 9-week program
  • Meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00pm at SRC’s Indoor Track
  • Week one kicks off on Monday, August 12th
  • If you have questions or are interested in signing up, please contact Shannon Hutsler at / 816.235.5425 or Mary Flores at / 816-235-5427 by Friday, August 9th.
  • You can follow the program wherever you are, whenever you’d like! To download your own version of the program, visit this link:

Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi for Health helps improve flexibility and muscle strength, increase heart/lung activity, align posture, improve balance, and integrate the mind and body. The program is shown by scientific study to be effective in reducing pain and improving quality of life and balance. Almost anyone with arthritis or any physical condition can learn this program to improve health and quality of life. It is an easy, safe, effective exercise and supported by the Arthritis Foundation of America.

Volker Campus, Administrative Center
Mondays, July 7 - Aug. 25, 2014
12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
Plaza Room

July 7 and 28
Aug. 4, 11 and 18

Brookside Room
July 14
Aug. 25

Gillham Park Room
July 21



  • $30 for 6 weeks, or $55 for 12 weeks.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Pay by credit card over the phone (816-252-5051). Or, pay be check payable to University of Missouri Extension; mail to: University of Missouri Extension | 1106 W. Main Street | Blue Springs, MO 64015 | Attn: Tai Chi Class.
  • Loose, comfortable street clothes and flat shoes are appropriate; no need for exercise mat.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Nina Chen at 816-252-5051 or
  • Classes taught by Dr. Chen, Ph.D., CFLE Human Development Specialist for MU Extension.

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.

You can use your own odometer or purchase one from Healthy for Life. For each 500 miles you ride, you can earn great prizes--including a full rebate for an odometer purchased from Healthy for Life. Learn more and join the program now....

Weight Watchers

Discounted rates for faculty and staff are available. See the Weight Management webpage for more information.