Healthy for Life: T.E. Atkins UM Wellness Program

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UMSL Classes

Eat for Life

Discover the benefits of this innovative approach to weight management.  This ten week program uses mind-body practices (meditations and yoga), the principles of mindful and intuitive eating, skills training, and group support to guide you in making lifestyle changes that will help you create a healthier relationship to your food, mind, and body. If you have a history of chronic dieting, have rigid “healthy” rules about eating, or find yourself eating when you’re stressed, bored, or unhappy, this may be the program for you. 

Summer 2014 Online

  •  Orientation: May 30
  •  Class: Week of June 6 through week of August 8
  •  To register for the Online Class, contact  
  •  Cost: $50 for faculty, staff and family members ($25 rebate with full participation); $180 for community members. Faculty and staff can attend with spouse/partner for one fee. Watch informational videos.


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

To learn more about this program, click here.  

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Helping employees manage stress effectively is a key goal of Healthy for Life, the Thomas E. Atkins Wellness Program. The wellness program offers eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction classes at minimal cost to benefit-eligible employees looking to manage today's busy lifestyles in a healthy way. This 8–week class teaching meditation, yoga and other mind-body techniques for managing stress. For more information about MBSR, visit our Stress Reduction webpage. There is a $40 registration fee, $20 rebate with full participation. Class is held once a year during the fall semester.

Physical Activity

  • St. Louis Run/Walk listings is a not-for-profit organization encourages 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.
  • 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.

Ride to Wellness Odometer Program

To learn more about this program, click here.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

Stay Strong Stay Healthy is a University of Missouri Extension program for middle-aged and older adults who want to improve their quality of life and stay active. Class size is small with 10 to 20 participants. Enrollment is on first-come basis. If you have questions, email Mary 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

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.

Weight Watchers

  • Online Program - Join anytime
    This course addresses nutrition, physical activity and peer support. The discounted enrollment fee is $39.95 per month if you use the portal. If you choose not to enroll via the portal, the cost is $42.95 per month.  To access the portal, visit and use ID 46814 and passcode WW46814.                                                                                                                                               

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.