Classes: St. Louis

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.

Visit the Weight Management webpage for details.


Wednesdays, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
MSC, Room 225

University Health, Wellness and Counseling Services has been offering free weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions for two years now. Although the group is open to the entire University community, most of the group members are campus staff.  They would like to invite new members to join them in what they have found to be a wonderful antidote to the stress in their lives. It’s a great way to take an emotional vacation in the middle of a hectic week! The half-hour weekly sessions include a brief introduction, a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation, followed by brief discussion. This group is designed for beginning, as well as experienced meditators. New members are welcome at any time during the semester. If you are new to mindfulness meditation, please call Sharon Biegen or Jamie Linsin at University Health, Wellness and Counseling Services, (314)516-5711 to arrange for introductory instructions.

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.

Physical activity

  • Ongoing -- Women's Running Group -- Join Jackie Kirouac-Fram for a short run during the lunch hour, or at the beginning/end of the workday. If  running is a new challenge you would like to take on or if running is part of your everyday routine, this is a great opportunity to meet other women from campus. All levels are welcome. This is an informal running group with no preset guidelines for routes, pace or distance, so please contact Jackie if you are interested and provide her with your suggestion on the times/places that work best for you. People in running groups tacitly hold one another accountable, so this would be a great way to start, re-start or continue an exercise commitment you’ve made to yourself. Contact Jackie at (314) 516-4737 or
  • Ongoing -- St. Louis Run/Walk listings is a not-for-profit organization encouraging running, walking and fitness for persons of all ages and abilities. The club organizes events and posts a lengthy list of runs/walks in the St. Louis area.
  • Ongoing -- The St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of athletic and outdoor options for adults from hiking to aerobic kickboxing to beginning caving. Check the calendars on this site to find latest happenings.
  • Oct. 8 - Dec. 17 (Wednesdays): Yoga. J.C. Penney Bldg. Hawthorn Room (except for the 10/22 class, which meets in Room 402). Class meets every Wednesday from 11:45-12:30. No class on Nov. 12. Please register. A five-person minimum is required to hold the class. The cost is $30 for the entire series (10 weeks) or a $5 drop-in fee per class. Class is taught by Martha Philipp. For questions and to register, please email Martha at
  • Oct. 27 - Dec. 22 (Mondays): Yoga. J.C. Penney Bldg. Room 204 (no class on 11/10). Class meets every Monday from 11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. Please register. A five-person minimum is required to hold the class. The cost is $24 for the entire series (8 weeks) or a $5 drop-in fee per class. Class is taught by Martha Philipp. For questions and to register, please email Martha at
  • Tai Chi

Monday-Friday (except Wednesday), 12-12:30 p.m.
JC Penney Building

Tai Chi Qigong (pronounced “tie jee chee kung”) practice is a blending of meditation, breathing, and slow fluid movements all incorporated into a 30-minute set with an emphasis on the breathing. This practice is suitable for people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. The movements can easily be modified to accommodate an individual’s physical/medical conditions. Tai Chi Qigong is good for improving balance, flexibility, lung function, and muscle strength in addition to being a wonderful relaxation technique. The instructor (Linda Gatson) guides participants through the practice with both verbal and visual cues.  Participation is on a drop-in basis and new members are welcome at any time throughout the year.  No previous experience or special clothing is needed. This practice is open to all UMSL faculty, staff, and students and is free of charge.  During nice weather, some practices may also be held outdoors by Bugg Lake. To receive a weekly email with practice dates, times, and locations please contact Linda Gatson at or (314) 516-5091

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

South Campus
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

It’s a great way to meet people and get a body and mind break in your day. If you have questions or would like to walk with the group, please contact Wellness Ambassadors Diane Herbst at 516-5791 or Mary Brown at 516-6016. *Note: this group does not meet on holidays.

If you would like to start a new walking group, please contact your Wellness Coordinator, Sarah Ellis, at

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers At Work classes are being established on the UMSL campus. Join our upcoming informational session to learn more. A minimum of 15 people is needed.

  • SIGN UP BY: Thursday, Oct. 30
  • SESSION DATE/TIME: Thursday, Nov. 6, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Arts Administration Building, Room 222
  • REGISTER WITH: Sarah Ellis, the UMSL Wellness Coordinator, at or 314-808-0163

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

Wellness Ambassadors

This is an ongoing program that allows you to enroll anytime. Wellness Ambassadors are those people who are eager to help spread the wellness word to their colleagues, friends and family. They spend 5 minutes a week to forward an e-mail, mention an event or program during a staff meeting, encourage healthy behaviors, etc. Some Ambassadors spend more time promoting wellness by staffing a booth during a health fair, leading a class or coming up with great ideas for new programs. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please contact Wellness.


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. 

Additional resources

Visit the UMSL Wellness Page for additional resources and classes available through the Mark Twain Recreation Facility.